On a theme dear to former U.S. President Donald Trump, Stoltenberg urged members to “spend more together” on defense in order to send a powerful message of unity and resolve “both to our people and to any potential adversary.” Also on the table will be security challenges posed by climate change and, of course, China — on which Stoltenberg sees allied positions converging.
US President Joe Biden in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday said that he „expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,“ according to a readout of the call provided by the White House.
President Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night, their second phone call since Saturday. The president is expressing support for a ceasefire, which comes as fellow Democrats are urging him to do more to stop the violence.
According to the readout of the call, Mr. Biden „reiterated his firm support for Israel’s right to defend itself against indiscriminate rocket attacks.“ Mr. Biden also „encouraged Israel to make every effort to ensure the protection of innocent civilians.“
The European Union’s new plan would see member states adopting uniform entry requirements, meaning vaccinated holidaymakers from low-risk countries – such as the UK – would be able to enter France, Spain, Italy and other hotspots.
Britain will be included on an EU expanded ‚green list‘ of permitted holiday travel on Wednesday as the bloc’s ambassadors are set to confirm a European Commission proposal lift restrictions on well-vaccinated nations, it is understood.
It will also be recommended that member states prepare digital portals allowing Britons to use the NHS app as a vaccine passport, the Daily Telegraph reports.
“I had a conversation for a while with the prime minister of Israel, and, I think, my hope is that we’ll see this coming to conclusion sooner than later,” the president said during remarks to the press about the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The president said his national security and defense staff have been in “constant contact” with their counterparts in the Middle East, including the Israelis but also the Egyptians, Saudis and Emiratis.
The heads of the national security committees on both sides had agreed to this, as well as compliance with a ceasefire, on Saturday.
Both countries’ presidents have also spoken over the phone and agreed to meet, though it was left open as to when exactly it would happen.
Mutual readiness to coordinate on various aspects of the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement was expressed, including through the OSCE Minsk Group“.
„The parties confirmed that the mission of US and Coalition forces has now transitioned to one focused on training and advisory tasks, thereby allowing for the redeployment of any remaining combat forces from Iraq, with the timing to be established in upcoming technical talks,“ said a joint statement after the virtual strategic dialogue.
According to a statement from Panama’s government, both authorities highlighted „the strength of the historic strategic alliance between the United States and Panama, in response to cooperation to face present and future challenges.“
According to Channel 13 news, Netanyahu phoned Milchan on consecutive days last year around May or June, apparently around the time of the Shavuot holiday, telling him how much he and his wife Sara love the Hollywood producer and his family.
The calls came after Netanyahu pressured Milchan to release lawyer Boaz Ben Tzur so he could instead represent the prime minister, the network said.
The countries still party to the agreement after the US left — China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and Iran — said that the participants “emphasized their commitment to preserve the JCPOA and discussed modalities to ensure the return to its full and effective implementation,” according to a statement after their virtual meeting, referring to the acronym for the accord — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Two diplomatic sources said Britain, France and Germany had already held talks with Iran on Monday.
Russian-U.S. consultations on space security issues were held via video link on Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, Trend reports citing Xinhua.
The PM is appealing to other leaders in a bid to resolve the crisis without a clash, and he spoke with continental heavyweights Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron last night to try and persuade them to soften their stance. He has also sent Lord Lister, a government ally, to India to ease tensions over the delay to a batch of five million UK-bound doses of the same vaccine.
US Vice-President Kamala Harris, in a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday (March 4) reaffirmed US opposition to an International Criminal Court (ICC) probe of possible war crimes in the Palestinian Territories, the White House said.
Anknüpfend an die Reden Bidens und Merkels wusste dann auch noch NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg in seiner Rede zu verkünden, der Westen müsse die „Regelbasierte Ordnung verteidigen“, da „China und Russland versuchen, die Regeln neu und umzuschreiben, um ihren Interessen zu dienen.“
„It was a good conversation,“ Biden told reporters in the Oval Office shortly after the call ended, without elaborating.
In a post on Twitter, Netanyahu said he had spoken with Biden for roughly an hour in „friendly and warm“ terms, affirming the US-Israel alliance and discussing issues related to Iran, regional diplomacy and the coronavirus pandemic.
“The president will speak on the importance of our transatlantic ties and the need for the United States and Europe to take on global challenges together,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a briefing Thursday.
Blinken had a phone call with Chinese Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi to extend his best wishes for a happy lunar new year, according to a readout of the call from the State Department. The secretary of State pushed Yang on reports of human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang and the crackdown of civil rights in Tibet and Hong Kong, among other security-related issues.
‚Every vaccine is welcome in the European Union,‘ Merkel said in an interview with German broadcaster ARD. ‚Today we have read good data for the Russian vaccine too‘.
Merkel also told ARD she had recently spoken to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the vaccine, which has been found to 91.6 per cent effective in trial results.
A batch of Sputnik V arrived in Hungary today, making it the first country to adopt the once-controversial jab.
The crown prince and president reviewed relations between the Kingdom and France and opportunities for joint cooperation during the call.
A government source said the Taoiseach had not been given any advance warning of the EU decision to invoke the article in the protocol.
The source said the article may have been inadvertently triggered by “someone who did not understand the political implications” of the decision.
Some EU officials are understood to be livid about the move, which they see as ruining the work they’ve done since the Brexit vote in 2016.
The presidents expressed satisfaction over today’s exchange of diplomatic notes on the agreement to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. In the next few days, the parties will complete the necessary procedures that ensure the functioning of this important mechanism of international law on the mutual limitation of their nuclear missile arsenals.
President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today with President Vladimir Putin of Russia. They discussed both countries’ willingness to extend New START for five years, agreeing to have their teams work urgently to complete the extension by February 5.
Pascal Soriot said world leaders “could and should have been better prepared for this pandemic” and criticised what he called the “me first” attitude many have adopted in tackling the crisis.
“Globally, it’s fair to say we could and should have been better prepared for this pandemic,” AstraZeneca boss Soriot said during an appearance on a virtual panel on Monday.
Brazil is set to collect two million doses of Serum Institute’s (SII) Covishield vaccine, two weeks after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi for their “urgent” clearance, sources confirmed to The Hindu.
Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat spoke to his US counterpart Jake Sullivan over the phone on Saturday.
The phone conversation made for the first contact between the office of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the administration of US President Joe Biden.
The EU decided Thursday to postpone the issuing of vaccination certificates to people immunized against COVID-19 and opted to strongly deter all unnecessary travel within the bloc and with third countries to curb the spread of the virus.
Leaders of the EU met via videoconference to discuss the novel coronavirus pandemic and vaccination efforts in member states.
The one-day summit will focus on four major topics: protecting terrestrial and marine ecosystems; promoting agroecology, a more sustainable way to grow food; increasing funding to protect biodiversity; and identifying links between deforestation and the health of humans and animals.
About 30 leaders, government officials and heads of international organizations were to attend, including U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. China will be represented by Vice Premier Han Zheng.
The Secretary-General noted that innovations and nature-based solutions are especially promising, and that preserving biodiversity also creates jobs. According to the World Economic Forum, emerging business opportunities across nature could create 191 million jobs by 2030, he added.
At the same time, with a financing gap of $711 billion per year until 2030 to meet global biodiversity targets, increased and sustained financing will be crucial to transition away from polluting sectors, Mr. Guterres said.
“The time has come to…align public and private financial flows with the Paris Agreement commitments and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and integrate the goal of carbon neutrality into all economic and fiscal decisions.”
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Merkel said the German cabinet would meet by telephone on 28 December to decide its stance, but added that the agreement “cannot finally enter into force until the European parliament has also given its approval”.
The incoming Biden administration has pledged to do even more to partner with allies on the China challenge.
In another step in that direction, on December 2, the foreign ministers of the NATO members, along with delegations from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, gathered virtually to discuss the rise of China and the implications for the global balance of power.
He added: “If there is a new deal in which Saudi Arabia is involved in the discussion and which covers the shortcomings of the previous deal, such as Iran’s hydromantic behavior in the region and the issue of the missiles and the supply of weapons to rebel groups and so forth, then we will be all for it.”
The summit for the group, made up of 19 leading world economies and the European Union, moved online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will chair the summit, which was originally set to take place in Riyadh.
Footage obtained by POLITICO shows the journalist, Daniël Verlaan of RTL Nieuws, appearing in a large window at the top of the videoconference screen, dressed in a black T-shirt, grinning and waving to the ministers.
„You know that you have been jumping into a secret conference?“ EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told Verlaan, amid laughter from some officials.
„Yes, yes. I’m sorry. I’m a journalist from the Netherlands. I’m sorry for interrupting your conference,“ a smiling Verlaan replied.
The clash between the ideological wings of the caucus reflects the high levels of frustration among Democrats of all stripes following a demoralizing turn at the polls on Tuesday.
Heading into the elections, party leaders had predicted they would pick up seats, even in deep red districts won soundly by Trump in 2016. Instead, they saw Republicans knock off at least seven Democratic incumbents, most of them first-term lawmakers who had helped deliver the party’s House majority just two years ago.
The Prime Minister will speak with Ursula von der Leyen later today to discuss the state-of-play in the deadlocked trade talks. The move comes after Lord Frost, Mr Johnson’s chief negotiator, was in Brussels to speak face-to-face with his European Union counterpart Michel Barnier earlier this week.
The last time the UN deputy chief visited Colombia in person was in 2015 for the launch of the Inter-Institutional Commission for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Diplomats said people who attended Thursday’s meeting were being tested for COVID-19, and an in-person meeting on Syria planned for Tuesday was instead held virtually.
Addressing his foreign counterpart, who was on speakerphone, Trump asked Netanyahu: “Do you think Sleepy Joe could have made this deal, Bibi? Sleepy Joe? I think — do you think he would have made this deal somehow? I don’t think so.”
Netanyahu hesitated before offering a halting answer: “Well, Mr. President, one thing I can tell you is we appreciate the help for peace from anyone in America. And we appreciate what you’ve done enormously.”
Trump made the announcement from the Oval Office while joined on the phone by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sudanese Chairman of the Sovereignty Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.
Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu held telephone talks with the Defence Ministers of Armenia David Tonoyan and Azerbaijan Zakir Hasanov.
During the talks, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu called on his colleagues to fully fulfill the obligations of the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides in accordance with the agreements reached in Moscow on October 10, 2020.
Millions of people will be asked not to travel outside their local areas and could be banned from mixing with other households, even outdoors, amid fears that some hospitals in the North-West could be overwhelmed within days.
This weekend, Downing Street was briefing mayors and council leaders on the planned three-tier „Local Covid Alert Levels“ system of restrictions for England, expected to be announced by Boris Johnson on Monday.
Following their conversation on Saturday, the pair have tasked their chief negotiators with working “intensively” to resolve the remaining differences in the post-Brexit trade talks.
Fishing rights, state aid and governance continue to be vexed issues between the two sides as they look to ratify a new trading relationship before the transition period ends on December 31.
The two leaders are to speak on Saturday to discuss the „next steps“ following the conclusion of the final scheduled round of formal negotiations on a post-Brexit trade deal in Brussels.
The announcement of the video conference call prompted speculation that they could be preparing to launch a final series of intensive talks – dubbed „the tunnel“ – in a last push for an agreement.
The presidents discussed the sharp escalation in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They expressed deep concern over the continued large-scale hostilities there. Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron called on the conflicting sides to fully cease fire without delay, deescalate tensions and show maximum restraint.
They pointed out that there is no alternative to a diplomatic and political settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis. In this context, they discussed the practical aspects of their further interaction, primarily within the OSCE Minsk Group. They expressed readiness to issue a statement on behalf of the Minsk Group co-chairs (Russia, France and the United States) regarding the immediate termination of the hostilities and the resumption of negotiations.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to cease hostilities, Reuters reports.
Pompeo said during a visit to Crete that he had discussed the clashes in talks earlier with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.
Turkey has strongly condemned and reacted to Armenia’s military offensive against civilian targets on Azerbaijani territories, pledging full support with all its means to its regional ally in using its right to self-defense.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed Ankara’s full support to Baku in a phone conversation with Azeri President İlham Aliyev.
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will discuss predictions for the upcoming solar cycle during a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 15. Tracking the solar cycle is a key part of better understanding the Sun and mitigating its impacts on human technology and infrastructure.
During the teleconference, experts on the Solar Cycle 25 Prediction Panel will discuss recent updates in solar cycle progress, and the forecast for the upcoming cycle, Solar Cycle 25.
But when the Zoom call attended by 256 MPs suddenly broke off after twenty minutes, the online forum descended into chaos as MP Michael Fabricant started singing Rule Britannia, clutching a piece of paper with the words already printed out.
The joint statement, which was presented by U.S. President Donald Trump on Twitter, said that leaders of the United States, Israel and Bahrain held a phone conversation earlier in the day and agreed to the “establishment of full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
The US has suffered another humiliating diplomatic setback after the president of the UN security council rejected the Trump administration’s attempt to extend economic sanctions on Iran.
Just a few moments ago, I hosted a very special call with two friends — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates — where they agreed to finalize a historical peace agreement. Everybody said this would be impossible. And, as you know, Mohammed is one of the great leaders of the Middle East.
After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. They will exchange embassies and ambassadors, and begin cooperation across the board and on a broad range of areas, including tourism, education, healthcare, trade, and security.
This is a truly historic moment. Not since the Israel-Jordan peace treaty was signed more than 25 years ago has so much progress been made towards peace in the Middle East.
Now, Republican leaders are pleading to billionaires for help. Trump advisers are pining for new outside groups to form, and the White House is growing anxious to see what Adelson, who has pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican super PACs over the past decade, will do.
Republican Party officials had to intervene in order to assess the damage to the key relationship. Sources close to Adelson said it’s not clear whether this will dissuade Adelson from donating more to Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign. Adelson was the largest single political donor during the 2018 mid-term elections in the U.S. – giving some $113 million dollars to conservative candidates.
Trump will join a conference call on Sunday, led by France and the United Nations, to rally aid and funds in the aftermath of the colossal explosion, which killed more than 150 people and injured at least 5,000, many of whom are now homeless.
„We will be having a conference call on Sunday with President Macron, leaders of Lebanon, and leaders from various other parts of the world. Everyone wants to help!“ Trump tweeted Friday.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Saturday received Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj at Istanbul’s Vahdettin Palace.
Erdoğan and Sarraj came together in a closed-door meeting
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday.
Die Konferenz wird per Video am Sitz der Organisation für Sicherheit und Zusammenarbeit (OSZE) in Wien zusammengeschaltet.
Meanwhile, the top diplomats of Turkey and Germany are scheduled to meet in Berlin on Thursday to discuss tourism and travel restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Tuesday’s webcast session involved representatives from all five permanent Security Council members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.) as well as 10 rotating members (Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, Germany, Indonesia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam), as well as Iran, the European Union and the U.N. itself.
Merkel even cited the U.S. election as a risk factor for the EU on a videoconference with her fellow leaders on Friday, according to one official.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has discussed the need for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, Downing Street said on Thursday.
„The leaders discussed the coronavirus pandemic and agreed on the need for an independent investigation through the World Health Organisation into the origins of the outbreak,“ a spokeswoman for Johnson’s office said in a statement.
Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides will take part in a teleconference with his EU counterparts on Monday afternoon as part of the Foreign Affairs Council agenda.
The main topic of the conference, which will also be attended by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, will be the course of the Transatlantic Relations and the EU-US strategic dialogue on foreign affairs issues.
The Deputy Commissioner oversees both the Intelligence Bureau, which is responsible for intelligence collection and analysis; and the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau operations, including the partnership with the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the first and largest of its kind in the nation.
New York City is home to more than 8 million people and hosts over 58 million visitors from all over the world annually. The Intelligence and Counterterrorism Bureaus provide some of the most highly trained and best equipped officers to patrol the city, collect and analyze data, and collaborate with partner agencies.
The CT Bureau reviews possible terrorist targets and develops innovative, forward-thinking policies and procedures to guard against attacks, training first responders and specialized units and developing intelligence capabilities for detecting and preventing terrorist attacks. The bureau coordinates with federal, state, and other law enforcement agencies in intelligence gathering and sharing, and plays an integral role in the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task Force.
Critical Response Command (CRC) is one of the Department’s first lines of defense against a terrorist-related attack. A permanent cadre of hand-selected police officers devoted to counterterrorism, CRC members are trained to respond swiftly, with sufficient expertise and force, to the most highly organized and heavily armed attacks. All CRC team members are trained in special weapons and long-range guns, explosive trace detection, radiological and nuclear awareness, biological and chemical weapons awareness, and are equipped with the skills to detect an impending attack and utilize the best possible response to an emerging situation. The team conducts daily counterterrorism deployments to critical infrastructure sites throughout New York City, saturating strategic locations with a uniform presence to disrupt and deter terrorist planning and hostile surveillance operations.
Domain Awareness System (DAS) is a powerful counterterrorism and policing tool jointly developed and built by the NYPD and Microsoft. As a central platform, DAS is used to aggregate data from internal and external closed-circuit television cameras, license plate readers, and environmental sensors, as well as 911 calls and other NYPD databases. DAS uses an interactive dashboard interface to display real-time alerts whenever a 911 call is received or a sensor is triggered.
Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel expressed concern about the escalation of hostilities in Libya and emphasised that a speedy ceasefire and launch of intra-Libyan negotiations under the auspices of the UN were essential. The Russian side gave a positive assessment of Egypt’s mediation efforts to peacefully settle the Libyan crisis, following on from the decisions of the Berlin International Conference held on January 19 of this year.
Key aspects of developments in Syria, including those related to the humanitarian needs of the population of the republic, were also discussed.
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addressed the rally via video conference, expressing his support for the protesters and condemnation of Israel’s annexation plans. The senator said that he was “heartened” to see Arabs and Jews demonstrating together.
„The looters should not be allowed to drown out the voices of so many peaceful protesters they hurt so badly, what is happening and it’s so bad for the state and their great city,“ he continued.
Nearly 15 hours after his overnight tweet that Twitter flagged, Trump tried to adopt a more measured tone in front of cameras late Friday afternoon.
„I understand the hurt. I understand the pain. People have really been through a lot. The family of George is entitled to justice and the people of Minnesota are entitled to live in safety,“ Trump said.
CNN president Jeff Zucker spoke with the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz on Friday morning, following the arrest of CNN’s team in Minneapolis,
Walz said he „deeply apologizes“ for what happened and is working to have the CNN team released immediately.
An dem von São Paulo aus koordinierten fünften Treffen der Gruppe nahmen fortschrittliche Politikerinnen und Politiker aus vierzehn Regionalstaaten teil. Darunter auch Argentiniens amtierender Präsident Alberto Fernández.
The Puebla Group today is discussing the peace process in Colombia, the health crisis, and the regional economy, during a new virtual meeting that brings together progressive leaders from Latin America.
It has never been canceled since the UN’s founding in 1945.
Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, will testify by video conference at a Senate hearing about the coronavirus next week.
„Was very kind to receive Her Majesty’s call this evening to check in and see how we’re all getting on in Australia. The Queen was very interested to hear about our progress in combatting COVID-19 and was so pleased we have managed to prevent the terrible impacts.“
As the deaths caused by the coronavirus passed 190,000 at the global level and the number of cases crossed the 2.7 million threshold (Johns Hopkins University data updated Friday), a „historic collaboration“ was launched to accelerate the arrival of a vaccine.
This launch brings together world leaders, the private sector, scientific and humanitarian actors and other partners to promote health, keep the world safe and advance the public good.
Human health is the quintessential global public good.
And today, we face a global public enemy like no other.
Friday’s launch event was co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.
Leaders from South Africa, Rwanda, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Costa Rica joined the call to pledge their commitment to work with and support the ACT Accelerator.
Representatives from the United States and China were noticeably absent.
The launch of the new collaboration is being co-hosted by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The virtual event will include senior United Nations, government and public health and industry leaders from around the world.
World leaders have joined the World Health Organisation in calling for global collaboration to accelerate the development and equitable access to new COVID-19 tools, including vaccines.
European Union leaders are expected to clash over the size and scope of a coronavirus recovery fund as they stand on the precipice of an economic slump unparalleled since the 1930’s Great Depression.
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on April 10 the situation at globals oil markets, and the coronavirus outbreak over phone.
„An exchange of views was held on the situation at the global oil market, including the agreement being worked out within the framework of OPEC on reducing production in order to stabilize world oil prices,“ the Kremlin press service said in a statement.
The United Nations Security Council met for the first time on Thursday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic as the 15-member body – charged with maintaining international peace and security – struggles to agree on whether it should take any action.
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– No mutualised debt (#Eurobonds)
– No currency issued to countries (#monetary #sovereignty)
– Free money for financiers, not the real economy
– Skyrocket the #debt/#GDP ratio => more #austerity soon.
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Last week, exasperated by the back-and-forth that has paralysed the council, including between China and the United States, nine of the 10 non-permanent members formally requested a meeting featuring a presentation by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
The Eurogroup is trying to find a compromise between Italy, France and Spain, on the one hand, who want ‚coronabonds‘, and northern deficit hawks like the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland who advocate the use of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), rejecting any mutualizing of debt.
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The letter was signed by Spain, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy, the Italian premier’s office at Palazzo Chigi said.
European Union leaders failed to agree on Thursday on the scale of support for their economies battered by the coronavirus, but gave themselves two more weeks to work out details in a dispute between the ailing south and the fiscally conservative north.
Highlighting how the pandemic is testing the bloc’s cohesion, Germany and the Netherlands blocked a call from Italy, Spain and France to issue joint debt to help finance a recovery.
The leaders of Turkey, Germany, France, and Britain discussed issues, including the latest situation in Syria’s northern province of Idlib and the COVID-19 outbreak, at a televised meeting on Tuesday.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez spoke Tuesday with China’s President Xi Jinping to ask for medical supplies to help fight the coronavirus epidemic which has infected more than 11,000 people in Spain.
Yang’s remarks were made after the US State Department summoned the Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai over Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s recent tweets.
In his tweets, Zhao claimed it might be US army representatives who brought the novel coronavirus to Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province in October 2019, after a top US health official admitted detecting coronavirus infections on some deceased flu patients. Zhao urged the US to disclose further information, exercise transparency on coronavirus cases and provide an explanation to the public.
China will send more medical experts to Italy and do its best to provide medical supplies and other assistance, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a phone conversation with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday evening.
Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreements reached in 2018 and 2019. They stressed that the priority task was to fight international terrorist groups.
Both sides reaffirmed that it was necessary to adopt additional measures in order to normalise the situation in northwestern Syria. They agreed to step up the corresponding interagency consultations and to examine the possibility of soon holding a meeting at the highest level.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin exchanged a phone call on February 28 and agreed to meet in-person very soon and to discuss new measures to de-escalate tension in the Idlib province of Syria as the Syrian regime killed 33 Turkish troops in an attack.
He also revealed he has sent letters outlining Greece’s positions to his European Union counterparts, and European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
In a phone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi asked the United States to send a delegation to Iraq to set up a mechanism for U.S. troop withdrawal from the country, a statement from the prime minister’s office said Friday.
The request followed a vote by the Iraqi parliament to expel thousands of U.S. troops, a direct consequence of a U.S. drone attack that killed senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani and nine companions in Baghdad a week ago.
The two leaders discussed the importance of Coalition forces’ continued presence in the region to tackle the shared threat from Daesh.
The Prime Minister spoke to President Rouhani of Iran this morning.
They discussed the situation in the region following the death of Qasem Soleimani and the Prime Minister called for an end to hostilities.
The Prime Minister underlined the UK’s continued commitment to the JCPoA and to ongoing dialogue to avoid nuclear proliferation and reduce tensions.
„Russia… supports any efforts and individual countries in terms of finding solutions to the (Libyan) crisis,“ said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Later on Tuesday, Erdogan and Putin held a phone call where they discussed developments in Libya and Syria, as well as their bilateral ties and other regional issues, the Turkish presidency said in a statement. No further details were available.
The leaders discussed current issues on the regional agenda, as well as certain aspects of bilateral relations in the context of the President of Russia’s visit to Israel scheduled for January 2020.
U.S. officials have grown concerned about the intensifying conflict in Libya amid reports of Russian mercenaries backing Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army.
The State Department said in a statement Saturday that the U.S. is concerned “by the LNA’s threat to use foreign-supplied air assets and mercenaries to attack Misrata.”
The Egyptian leader also hailed the role played by the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, to combat terrorism, and thwart the activities of the armed organizations and militias that have threatened regional security.
Obama’s remarks came in a call on Saturday to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, sharpening US rhetoric after days of deadly violence – and criticism that Washington was slow to respond.
„When a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,“ the White House said in a statement, summarising their telephone conversation.
Earlier in the administration, and during past presidencies, a larger number of officials would be allowed to listen to phone calls with foreign leaders. That includes aides with specific expertise in the countries being phoned or officials focused on an issue set being discussed on the call.
Now, when the President speaks on the phone with world leaders, he’s joined on the call by just a handful of others appointed by Trump to the highest level of the administration, multiple White House officials say. T
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu at the latter’s initiative.
Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the range of current issues on the bilateral agenda, including in the context of the President of Russia’s visit to Israel scheduled for January 2020.
In addition, Russian-Israeli cooperation on Syria was discussed.
In recent weeks, several high-ranking U.S. military officials either visited Israel or met with their counterparts in the Israeli military. These meetings mainly revolved around the issue of Iran and the growing tensions over Tehran’s activities in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn agreed in a phone call on Friday evening that the democratic process must not be disrupted by the incident, which took place on London Bridge.
David Holmes, the State Department official who overheard a key conversation between President Donald Trump and a U.S. ambassador, was expected to give private testimony Friday, continuing closed-door interviews even as members of Congress hosted a public hearing in the U.S. Capitol.
Republicans and Democrats have sparred over the closed format of the depositions, with the GOP slamming them as „secret“ and part of a „Soviet-style“ inquiry.
Holmes testified that he overheard parts of Trump’s phone call with Sondland during a lunch in Kyiv, because the president was speaking so loudly that his voice was audible through the phone to others sitting at the table nearby, according to the people familiar with the testimony.
David Holmes, the aide to Bill Taylor who overheard President Trump’s conversation with EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that President Zelensky would do „anything you ask him to,“ and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to „do the investigation.“ CNN’s Manu Raju has the details.
Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel.
The Russian President briefed the Federal Chancellor on the results of the talks with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan held in Sochi on October 22, emphasising that the agreements they had reached take into account the interests of all parties and facilitate the restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.
Too bad there wasn’t…..
…..this thinking years ago. Instead, it was always held together with very weak bandaids, & in an artificial manner. There is good will on both sides & a really good chance for success.
Gen. Mazloum Kobani, commander in chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, told NBC News in an interview that he recently spoke to Trump and was assured that „there would not be a massacre against the Kurds“ and that Trump would stop the invasion immediately.
Vice President Mike Pence announced Monday that the Trump administration was imposing sanctions against Turkey over its invasion of northern Syria. He told reporters at the White House that the president has been monitoring the situation, had spoken to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and called for an immediate ceasefire. Pence also said that Mr. Trump had directed him to lead a delegation to Turkey to bring the bloodshed to an end.
„But the Prime Minister was clear that the UK cannot support Turkey’s military action.
„He urged the president to end the operation and enter into dialogue, and said the UK and international partners stand ready to support negotiations towards a ceasefire.“
Netanyahu made the comments at a holiday toast with workers in his office, during which he relayed that he just had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
No10 sources said Mrs Merkel told the premier during the 30-minute showdown that the province must remain within the EU’s customs union indefinitely.
A BREXIT deal between Britain and the EU is now „impossible“ after Angela Merkel destroyed Boris Johnson’s plan, it’s been claimed today.
After a tense phone chat between the two leaders this morning No10 sources said an agreement was now off the table, making No Deal more likely than ever.
Boris Johnson and the German chancellor spoke earlier about the proposals he put forward to the EU – but the source said she made clear a deal based on them was „overwhelmingly unlikely“.
Mrs Merkel’s office said it would not comment on „private“ conversations.
On Monday, witnesses in Syria saw United States forces withdrawing from two positions in northeastern Syria: observation posts in Tel Abyad and Ein Eissa.
In a surprise announcement late Sunday night, the Whitehouse Press Secretary released a statement that said, „Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey by telephone. Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation in Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in that operation, and the United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial „Caliphate,“ will no longer be in the immediate area.“
The statement does not make it clear if U.S. troops will fully withdraw from Syria or if they will just relocate. The statement also says, „Turkey will now be responsible for all ISIS fighters in the area captured over the past two years.“
„Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial ‚Caliphate,‘ will no longer be in the immediate area,“ White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.
The announcement comes hours after President Trump held a phone call with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in which the two reportedly discussed the conflict and agreed to a meeting in Washington in November.
„So the whistleblower came out and said nothing. Said: ‘A couple of people told me he had a conversation with Ukraine.’ We’re at war. These people are sick. They’re sick. And nobody’s called it out like I do. I don’t understand. People are afraid to call it out. They’re afraid to say that the press is crooked. We have a crooked press. We have a dishonest media. So now they’re devastated, but they’ll always find something. I’m sure there’ll be something they’ll find in this report that will suit their lie. But basically that person never saw the report, never saw the call. Never saw the call. Heard something, and decided that he or she or whoever the hell it is — sort of like, almost, a spy.“
As a former intelligence officer who was detailed to the White House Situation Room, I listened to more of President Barack Obama’s calls with world leaders than I can remember. I would often joke with friends about trying to make small talk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel while she waited for Obama to come to the line. More somberly, I remember speaking with Zelensky’s predecessor, Petro Poroshenko, moments after he learned of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane in Ukraine in the early days of his government. Sometimes, our foreign counterparts would put us on the line with their chief executives before Obama was ready; we’d greet them and explain why there was a delay.
The Trump administration on Wednesday released a five-page transcript of President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The White House had faced mounting pressure to release the transcript amid scrutiny over reports that Trump urged Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron, urging him not to negotiate with Iran at the present time.
Prime Minister Imran Khan talked to US President Donald Trump and briefed him about Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue.
The telephonic contact took place on Friday, ahead of the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir.
The US has delayed the imposition of a 10 percent tariff on significant portions of Chinese imports until December 15 as top negotiators from the two countries spoke by phone for the first time since US President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports.
Johnson stressed that he is counting on Egypt’s pivotal role to keep stability in the Middle East, combating terrorism, and maintaining peace and security in Africa in light of Egypt’s current presidency of the African Union, , according to a statement released by Egypt’s presidency spokesperson Bassam Radi.
The President of Russia regards the US President’s offer as a sign that it is possible that full-scale bilateral relations will be restored in the future.
The presidents of Russia and the United States agreed to continue contacts in the form of telephone conversations as well as personal meetings.
Love the final line: you can almost hear Merkel’s weary silence in response.
Over the last two years, war-torn Somalia has emerged as a central battleground, with the United Arab Emirates and Qatar each providing weapons or military training to favored factions, exchanging allegations about bribing local officials, and competing for contracts to manage ports or exploit natural resources.
In an audio recording obtained by The New York Times of a cellphone call with the Qatari ambassador to Somalia, a businessman close to the emir of Qatar said that the militants had carried out the bombing in Bosaso to advance Qatar’s interests by driving out its rival, the United Arab Emirates.
Japan said last week it would end expedited shipments of chemical compounds used by South Korean companies in the manufacture of microchips and smartphones.
Tokyo is angry at South Korean court rulings that Japanese firms must compensate forced laborers from Japan’s 1910-1945 rule of the peninsula.
Trump said he believes the entire world hopes to see the United States and China reach an agreement.
Johnson said someone with a mild Irish accent had called him claiming to be from the Downing Street switchboard, saying they would put him through to the White House situation room.
The Tory frontrunner said: ‚Thinking quickly as I do, I said, „To all our listeners on Radio Kilkenny, I was not fooled for an instant“.‘
The interview took place late Monday, just after Costa had a conference call with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the Netherlands‘ Mark Rutte and Belgium’s Charles Michel.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Secretary of State, colleagues,
We are happy to welcome you to Russia.
As you know, just recently, a couple of days ago, I had the pleasure of talking with the President of the United States by telephone. I got the impression that the President is in favour of restoring Russia-US ties and contacts and resolving issues of mutual interest.
For our part, we have said many times that we would also like to restore relations on a full scale.
Vladimir Putin informed Donald Trump of the key results of his April 25 meeting in Vladivostok with Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK Kim Jong-un, stressing that Pyongyang’s good-faith fulfilment of its commitments should be accompanied by reciprocal steps to ease the sanctions pressure on North Korea. Both parties noted the importance of consistent progress towards denuclearisation and achieving long-term normalisation on the Korean Peninsula.
„They spoke about North Korea for a good bit of time on the call and reiterated both the commitment and the need for denuclearization,“ Sanders told reporters at the White House.
„And the president said several times on this front as well the need and importance of Russia stepping up and continuing to help and put pressure on North Korea to denuclearize,“ she said. „And that was again the focus of the president’s comment on that front.“
It’s unusual for the leader of the UK’s main opposition party to publicize a phone call with a new member of Congress.
President Rouhani referred to the proposed package of the three European countries for continuation of the nuclear deal and stressed the importance of serious attention to Iran’s demands in tomorrow’s meeting of foreign ministers of 5 European countries in Vienna for continuation of cooperation.
President described the package proposed by the three European countries on the nuclear deal disappointing and said: “If the process of European foreign ministers’ meeting in Vienna, which is aimed at encouraging Iran to cooperate, is promising, we will continue our cooperation with Europe”.
The two leaders talked from 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. and agreed to work together closely on the historic meeting, Cheong Wa Dae said. Moon is scheduled to hold talks with the U.S. chief executive on Tuesday in Washington.
He is set to head for Washington late Monday and return home early Thursday.
Dr Rouhani also referred to the upcoming meeting of foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, Iran and European Union foreign policy chief on Tuesday and expressed hope that the meeting would secure Tehran’s interests by saving the JCPOA.
Describing the nuclear deal very important for peace and security of the region, he stressed that the US was responsible for the consequences of anything that happens to the JCPOA.
“In the JCPOA, the two parties have obligations and it is not acceptable that only one party lives up to its commitments,” Rouhani added.
He also referred to the significant role of the three European countries in saving the JCPOA and described Europe’s stances against US’ secondary sanctions a brave move that could maintain Europe’s position and global credit.
ECUADOR has banned Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from taking visitors and phone calls in a further crackdown on the Wikileaks founder, it has been claimed.