Decrying terror and envisioning peace, the foreign ministers of Israel, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates seek to counter Iran through ’new regional architecture‘
Egypt will be joining a historic summit of Middle Eastern foreign ministers in Israel next week, alongside U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the senior diplomats of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday tried to soothe the fears of Israel and its Gulf Arab allies ahead of the possible renewal of global powers’ international nuclear deal with Iran.
Blinken made the comments shortly before joining his counterparts from Israel and four Arab countries at a special gathering where the Iranian nuclear deal was expected to top the agenda.
But the deal reached goes further than any before it, in no small part because scientists have made clear that without a significant and sustained effort to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the world is poised to embark upon an era of catastrophic consequences. If the signatories all follow through on their promises and return in 2023 with even stronger emissions targets, it is still possible that mankind could spare itself the worst effects of climate change.
In a blunt admission after two days of preliminary talks at the G20 meeting of world leaders, the prime minister conceded little progress had been made – and the conference is not on track to achieve a deal that keeps the goal alive. He put the chances of success as “six out of 10”.
“Currently, let’s be in no doubt, we are not going to hit it and we have to be honest with ourselves,” he said. The commitments being made so far were a “drop in the rapidly warming ocean”.
President Biden on Sunday placed blame on Russia and China for a lack of momentum by the world’s most powerful nations in the fight to combat climate change as he marked the end of the Group of 20 conference in Rome ahead of a crucial summit on climate change in Glasgow, Scotland.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison opposed the deadline to phase out coal as well as a call to speed up cuts to methane emissions by 2030, a proposal the government believed would impose high costs on dairy and cattle farmers.
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres admitted the failure to agree on more ambitious action on climate change at the summit in Rome, but held out hope of a commitment from a wider group of leaders when they meet at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow on Monday.
The DCA aircraft committed by the nuclear capable European air forces are always the same, since they are the only ones configured to carry the B61: German and Italian Air Force Tornado IDS; Belgian, Dutch and Turkish F-16s. The American participation involves the tactical assets based in Europe: F-16s and F-15Es.
„Also on the agenda are talks on how to preserve the gains made in the fight against terrorism after the end of the Alliance’s military operation in Afghanistan.
And tomorrow, the ministers will meet with our closest partners, Sweden, Finland, and the European Union.
And we all look forward to discuss how we can further strengthen the partnership.“
In a contribution to the EU’s “future of Europe” debate this summer, Orban, 58, accused von der Leyen and the European institutions in Brussels of “imperialistic” diktats to “punish democratically elected governments it does not like”.
“[This] will inevitably lead to a lack of democracy,” he
A Franco-German plan to restart talks with Vladimir Putin has been rejected at a fractious EU summit that resulted in a decision to explore economic sanctions against Russia instead.
The two-day gathering in Brussels also included an “emotional” debate over LGBT rights in Hungary, …
In general, the Germans have always believed in keeping lines of dialogue open with Russia almost no matter how it behaves, while Mr. Macron has been trying to reset France’s relations with Moscow, with little success.
In this case, the prime mover was Germany, with French support.
NATO Heads of State and Government on Monday (14 June) agreed a set of proposals under the NATO 2030 banner, covering a range of issues, including the protection of critical infrastructure, promoting innovation, boosting partnerships, and making the fight against climate change an important task for NATO for the first time.
Boris and Carrie Johnson were all smiles today as they formally greeted G7 leaders on the golden sands of Carbis Bay.
The PM and his new wife, wearing a vivid fuchsia dress, welcomed the guests to the official start of the summit one by one on a beachfront board walk.
Do summits like this matter? „Occasionally!“ comes the answer from a former government insider who worked for years at the very top.
They warn that global get-togethers – however glamorous the location, however acute any particular political emergency, however good the freebies for the thousands of attendees – can descend into ‚waffelage‘.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington D.C. on Monday (7 June 2021), to discuss preparations for the upcoming NATO Summit on 14 June. The Secretary General thanked President Biden for his leadership and the “powerful commitment” of the United States to NATO, saying that he welcomed the President’s “strong message on the importance of alliances.”
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.
The European Commission is exploring proposals to introduce vaccine passports, a move that will facilitate greater travel across borders within the EU. Member states will discuss the idea at a summit this week, with many already signaling their approval for a passport-style document.
Amid rising infections and new strains of COVID-19, EU leaders will meet on Thursday (January 21) to discuss how best to tackle the pandemic. It comes amid continued criticism that the vaccination drive has been too sluggish.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said it was a ‚great honor‘ to host the high-level summit
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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.
Meanwhile, Libya’s Khalifa Haftar, commander of the eastern Libyan forces, arrived in Athens on Thursday night and held an informal meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias ahead of their official talks on Friday. He will also hold talks with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Parliament.
Traders who thought Johnson would use his considerable parliamentary majority to cut ties with the Brexit hard-liners in his party and deliver a soft divorce were “caught by surprise,” said Kit Juckes, chief foreign-exchange strategist at Societe Generale SA.
It was the currency’s biggest slump in a year.
Facts attesting to the above are the economic blockade against Venezuela and Cuba, destabilization attempts against leftist governments, criminalization of protest in Chile, the murder of social leaders in Colombia, and the coup d’etat against Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, which was supported by the U.S.-controlled Organization of American States (OAS).
After a three-year freeze in negotiations over the conflict between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, a meeting is set for Monday at France’s Élysée Palace.
1. „A question was asked just a little while ago about supporting the people protesting in Iran and are going through a very tough period. And we do support them totally, and have supported them from the beginning.“
In a bilateral meeting between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron earlier on Tuesday, a reporter asked Trump this: „Does the United States support the protesters in Iran?“ To which the President responded: „I don’t want to comment on that. The answer is no, but I don’t want to comment on that.“ Good times. And away we go!
If the meeting was tense, the days leading up the the one-on-one session were equally so.
It’s going to be a tense few days for the UK’s political class. With barely any time left till the election and Johnson’s poll lead holding firm, he will be counting the minutes till Trump’s back in the air and heading home. Corbyn and the rest will be praying that the temptation to say something controversial is too great for the President — don’t be surprised if they bait him. And Nigel Farage will probably be sitting around waiting for his brief audience with Trump, reminding everyone — including Johnson — that he has the President’s ear.
U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in London, Monday, December 2, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NATO alliance.
Sources say Merkel and Macron hadn’t responded to attempts to arrange meetings in London with the Israeli leader, who was set to meet with Pompeo
On Wednesday, Mr Trump, Boris Johnson and other world leaders will gather for talks at the Grove Hotel in Chandler’s Cross near Watford.
But the world in 2019 looks very different to how it did in 1949. NATO has been slow to adapt to a changing world, and the leaders assembling in London know it. The alliance was conceived as a defense against Russian military force, but the rise of China has shifted the balance. It matured as a forum for military cooperation and coordination, but President Donald Trump has often acted unilaterally — for instance withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria in October without consulting NATO allies.
For seven decades, one fundamental principle has bound the 29 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) together: trust. NATO’s Article 5 stipulates that an attack on one is an attack on all — or to paraphrase the 19th century novel „The Three Musketeers,“ „all for one and one for all.“
He will have separate talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and attend a working lunch with representatives from Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Bulgaria, and the United Kingdom. U.S. officials see the NATO summit as a celebratory moment for Trump as his pressure on member nations has led many to increase their military spending.
For decades, the 29 countries making up NATO have been reassured by the treaty’s ironclad guarantee of mutual defence in Article Five of its founding charter: „an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.“
But in the era of U.S. President Donald Trump, governments now have doubts about the United States‘ commitment to Article Five. The mutual defence clause has only ever been invoked once — by Canada on behalf of the U.S. in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Boris Johnson and Donald Trump have spoken ahead of the Nato summit – and are looking forward to meeting each other this week, a White House official said.
The US president, who expressed his condolences to the Prime Minister after the London Bridge attack, is set to visit Buckingham Palace for a reception on Tuesday, before he joins world leaders in Watford the following day.
Italy and Turkey host between 60 and 70 bombs each, but “the bombs that most worry American officials are stored in vaults at İncirlik air base” in the southern Turkish province of Adana, The Economist said.
Ahead of the meeting of NATO Leaders in London to mark the Alliance’s 70th anniversary, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday (29 November 2019) gave details of large increases in Allied defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg announced that in 2019 defence spending across European Allies and Canada increased in real terms by 4.6 %, making this the fifth consecutive year of growth. He also revealed that by the end of 2020, those Allies will have invested $130 billion more since 2016.
Erdogan repeated an expression Macron had used to describe NATO to hit back at the French leader over his criticism of fellow NATO member Turkey’s intervention against Kurdish forces in Syria.
„This is not a statement, these are insults,“ an Élysee official said, adding: „The ambassador will be summoned to the ministry to explain things.“
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has harshly slammed French President Emmanuel Macron over his criticisms of the Turkish military operation into Syria, while urging him to check his own “brain death” before talking about the status of NATO, in reference to the French president’s remarks that the alliance was suffering a “brain death.”
“The president of France, Mr. Macron, I am saying this to you from Turkey and I will say it at NATO as well. You should first check your own brain death,” Erdoğan said at a groundbreaking ceremony for a university complex in Istanbul on Nov. 29.
Mr. Trump is expected to meet one-on-one with a handful of his counterparts, including French President Emmanuel Macron and German President Angela Merkel. But he is not currently scheduled to meet one-on-one with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is due for another election the week after hosting the NATO summit, according to a senior administration official who briefed reporters on Friday.
The administration sought to cut its contribution to Nato’s direct budget from 22 per cent to around 16 per cent, CNN reported, citing US defence officials.
It would bring its contribution closer to Germany, which pays 14.8 per cent. The UK pays 10 per cent.
“Is our enemy today Russia? Or China? Is it the goal of NATO to designate them as enemies? I don’t believe so,” Macron said at a joint news conference in Paris alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “Our common enemy today in NATO is terrorism, which has hit each of our countries.”
Heads of the delegations of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, participating as an observer country Hungary and Turkmenistan, will discuss issues aimed at strengthening and expanding multifaceted cooperation within the framework of the Turkic Council.
As Xi lands in the coastal city of Chennai Friday for a two-day visit to India, it’s the Kashmir Valley at the northwestern tip of the mountain range that’s poised to spoil efforts to improve Sino-Indian ties.
“These kinds of systems are capable of defending any kind of infrastructure in Saudi Arabia from any kind of attack,” he added.
Mr. Rouhani, seated next to Mr. Putin, laughed visibly. The broadcast on the state-owned Russian television network RT captured the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, chuckling to himself in the audience.
Netanyahu frantically tried to get President Trump on the phone — who was in back-to-back meetings and couldn’t take the call — while his office contacted multiple senior Trump administration officials, trying to connect the two leaders.
– Boris Johnson said EU does ‚tend to come to an agreement right at end‘ of talks
– PM said he would not ‚walk away‘ from talks until the Halloween deadline expires
– Mr Johnson said negotiations will be ‚difficult‘ but still hoped a deal will be done
– Comments came at end of the G7 summit in the French coastal town of Biarritz
Shortly before Zarif’s arrival Trump denied he’d backed Macron to negotiate with Iran on behalf of the G7, with Trump’s aides saying Zarif’s visit was a „curveball.“
By early Monday, Trump was reversing course and playing along with Macron’s secretive diplomacy. He said he not only knew Zarif was coming, he authorized Macron to invite him.
No one can say how the remainder of the meetings will go, or what will happen after he leaves. But everyone seemed determined to avoid the sort of blowup that marred last year’s Group of 7 meeting in Canada, when a stormy Mr. Trump refused to sign the final communiqué and lashed out at the host, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Thus far, this has been really a great G-7,” Mr. Trump gushed on Sunday, “and I want to congratulate France and your president because they have really done a great job.”
US president argues Putin should be included in discussions on Iran, Syria and North Korea
When Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, landed in Biarritz Sunday afternoon it appeared France’s Emmanuel Macron, this year’s G7 host, had pulled off an end run around his most powerful guest, US President Donald Trump.
Iran’s move comes as the other countries that signed on to a nuclear agreement with Iran, including France, are seeking to keep that deal in place after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Obama-era agreement.
– World leaders are signalling power, authority and control at the crucial G7 summit, body language expert said
– Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and Donald Tusk sought presented an air of ‚intimidation‘, Judi James said
– The body language expert told MailOnline Britain’s representative Boris Johnson had an ‚air of happy oblivion‘
– She said: ‚With his hands clasped behind his back and a big, irreverent grin on his face he looks like the eternal naughty schoolboy who is having fun rather than wilting under the gaze of the others‘
– Johnson will tell Trump the NHS is off the table for trade talks when they meet
– The pair will have breakfast on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France
– US officials suggested series of mini trade deals post-Brexit, but Johnson said to prefer one comprehensive agreement
– The PM will also meet Donald Tusk and tell him to reopen backstop negotiations
Key background: The meeting will be Boris Johnson’s first major appearance on the international stage since he became prime minister in July. It will be a chance for him to discuss the U.K.’s exit from the European Union. He is also expected to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss trade between their two countries.
Former Tory former cabinet ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Owen Paterson claimed the leak of documents on ‚Operation Yellowhammer‘ was an example of the ‚establishment‘ plot to ’sow fear in people’s minds‘.
In a joint statement, they said: ‚This Operation Yellowhammer leak is the version of what the contingency executive put together. We remember attending a briefing on privy council terms which they said was not worst case but reasonable worst case. Theresa May had asked for this to be done. It was obviously Project Fear dressed up.
DEFIANT Boris Johnson will meet the leaders of Germany and France this week with a stark message: MPs won’t stop Brexit.
The PM will use a two-day trip to the continent to insist the referendum result will not be delayed again beyond October 31.
Boris Johnson will hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week ahead of the G7 summit in Biarritz.
– A secret Whitehall dossier outlines possible pandemonium in a No Deal Brexit
– Operation Yellowhammer casts a dark shadow over proposed October 31 exit
– Hard border in Ireland, fuel, medicine and food shortages are anticipated
– News comes as Boris Johnson prepares to meet EU leaders at the G7 this week
And thanks to a boozy civil servant leaving a stash of Brexit papers in a Westminster pub, The Mail on Sunday can reveal the full extent of Mr Johnson’s rigid new regime.
An eight-page document entitled ‘Core Brexit Brief’ and prepared specifically for Mr Johnson by Whitehall spin doctors and policy advisers was found abandoned in The Feathers public house, in the heart of Westminster.
Avaza hosted a meeting of the heads of the competent economic authorities of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan as part of the events of the Caspian Economic Forum.
These are idyllic scenes from a one-minute video promoting the inaugural Caspian Economic Forum, which between August 11 and 12 will see heads of state from Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan descend on Awaza, a new resort town that has been touted by Turkmenistan’s Foreign Ministry as the country’s Las Vegas.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will pay a two-day visit to Turkmenia, where he will participate in the first Caspian Economic Forum and meet President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, press service of the Russian government reports.
The head of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Moreno, and the European Union’s representative on Venezuela, Enrique Iglesias, have also confirmed their attendance, the sources added.
Lee Do-hoon and his U.S. counterpart, Stephen Biegun, met Wednesday in Bangkok on the sidelines of a series of multilateral meetings involving the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The internet was soon alight with rumours and speculation, which authorities moved quickly to dispel. For a start, they, said, no areas of the city had been closed.
As for the identity of the perpetrators, army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong said the usual suspects were involved, without naming names.
„So we continue to follow the situation very closely. We exchange intelligence, information about the situation,“ he said and noted that NATO Defense Ministers in Brussels discussed the American imitative in June where touched on the possibility of NATO members contributing assets but not as part of a NATO mission.
On her part, Kramp-Karrenbauer said the situation in Iran and in Hormuz is very sensitive.
During a trilateral meeting between the national security advisers of Israel, the US and Russia in late June, Jerusalem and Washington demanded that Moscow ensure the withdrawal of Iran’s forces from Lebanon and Iraq, as well as from Syria, Channel 13 news reported Tuesday.
The demand was seen as a condition for US and Israeli support for a long-term arrangement to secure peace in war-ravaged Syria.
Their failure to find common ground means the signing of a formal peace treaty more than 70 years after World War II is still not in sight,
The bloc, which expanded out of the original G7 rich-country club, has faced criticism over the years for lacking a charter, a clear mandate, or enforcement power, and holding hugely expensive yet inconclusive summits while excluding most of the developing world.
But while pressure on the bloc previously came from anti-globalisation protesters, this weekend’s summit in Osaka showed that the greatest challenges to its legitimacy may come from within.
The U.S. side said not to add new tariffs on Chinese exports. The two countries‘ economic and trade negotiating teams will discuss specific issues.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made it clear that security assurance is his key demand in terms of corresponding measures for denuclearization, Russian President Vladimir Putin told South Korean President Moon Jae-in during their talks here Saturday.
China always stands on the side of peace and opposes war, Xi said when meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres ahead of a summit of the Group of 20 major economies in the Japanese city of Osaka.
This is the fourth time in more than 10 years Việt Nam has been invited to the G20 summit (the latest attendance was in July 2017 in Germany), an important multilateral forum.
PM Phúc said this showcases the international recognition of Việt Nam as a reliable partner for regional peace, security and growth, as well as an expectation that the country will continue making responsible contributions to global economic affairs.
The EU and Vietnam reportedly agreed to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) and an investment protection agreement (IPA) on Sunday in Hanoi, a development that can be seen as a response to US trade protectionism.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met his Indian, Indonesian and French counterparts on the first day of this year’s G20 summit in this western Japanese city, Friday, and discussed various bilateral and global issues with each of them.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd L) meets with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (C), Russian President Vladimir Putin (1st L), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (1st R) and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (2nd R) at a BRICS leaders meeting on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Thank you very much everybody. We’re with a gentleman who had one of the greatest election wins anywhere in the world, as far as I’m concerned, and he was very proud of his relationship with President Trump — President of Brazil. And he’s a special man — doing very well, very much loved by the people of Brazil.
The five-party meeting was attended by President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of China Xi Jinping and President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.
Vladimir Putin met with President of the United States of America Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka.
U.S. President Donald Trump plans to hold bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a two-day Group of 20 summit starting Friday in Osaka, a senior administration official said Monday.
– Washington still harbours illusions of pressuring Beijing into submission, commentary says, as the two countries’ presidents prepare to meet at G20
– Unless the US changes, the two sides will continue to exchange views without making progress, it says
Beyond traditional fields like construction and energy, the two nations are seeking to increase the scope of cooperation into other sectors, including ICT, nuclear power and health care.
His stops in Jeddah and Abu Dhabi were hastily arranged late last week as additions to a trip to India from where he will join President Donald Trump in Japan and South Korea. But they were not announced until immediately before his departure in a sign of fast-moving and unpredictable developments.
The transportation hub, used by about 870,000 people daily, has around 2,000 coin-operated lockers and 60 or so trash cans. They were all rendered inoperable from early June 24 as part of measures to thwart terrorist attacks in public places.
U.S. President Donald Trump will make a two-day trip to South Korea shortly after attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan, Cheong Wa Dae announced Monday.
Trump is scheduled to arrive here Saturday and hold summit talks with President Moon Jae-in the following day, according to its spokesperson, Ko Min-jung.
A diplomatic official told Haaretz that “this unprecedented meeting of two world powers with Israel, in Israel, underscores its global standing and sends a powerful message to the region, especially to our enemies. The meeting is a climax of many political steps, among them Netanyahu’s meetings with presidents Trump and Putin. These meetings created the opportunity for a historic meeting such as this, which will contribute a great deal to Israel’s security interests in the region.”
Spokesman Garrett Marquis said on June 20 that Bolton will meet on June 23 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then hold talks with Meir Ben-Shabbat and Nikolai Patrushev, his Israeli and Russian counterparts.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, meeting with visiting President Xi Jinping, said his country is waiting on a response in stalled nuclear talks with the United States.
„North Korea would like to remain patient,“ state broadcaster CCTV reported Kim as saying. „But it hopes the relevant party will meet halfway with North Korea.“
Xi, also general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), made the remarks during his meeting at the state guest house with Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers‘ Party of Korea (WPK) and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Trump said he believes the entire world hopes to see the United States and China reach an agreement.
– In a state visit this week, the Chinese president is expected to provide massive aid to the North, with reports anticipating at least 100,000 tonnes of food
– International food organisations say 10 million people, or 40 per cent of North Korea’s population, are in urgent need of sustenance
Trump tweets that he and Xi will meet at the G20 summit, while Xi is quoted as saying he will meet Trump to ‘exchange opinions’ on Sino-US relations
The two negotiating teams ‘will begin talks prior to our meeting’, Trump writes
It is particularly noteworthy that Xi’s visit to the North is taking place right before the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28 and 29. President Trump is expected to visit South Korea around the time of the G20 Summit for a meeting with President Moon Jae-in. Therefore, the key players in the denuclearization talks are gathering in this part of the world at the same time.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan had suggested ditching US dollar, urging the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to finalise arrangements for trade in local currencies.
Leaders or representatives of member countries of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) pose for a group photo with representatives of observer states and relevant international and regional organizations in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, June 15, 2019. The fifth CICA summit was held in Dushanbe on Saturday. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at the summit.
If the Trump administration continues its condescending attitude toward China while refusing to take Beijing as an equal negotiating partner and to make long-overdue compromises on China’s legitimate requests, chances remain slim for the two heavyweight economies to reach a trade deal in the coming month or two.
US President Donald Trump, in his recent interviews with American media, expressed his hope to meet and talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, slated to begin June 28.
The Trump administration’s claims Iran attacked oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were quickly debunked, with the ship’s crew saying it “was hit by a flying object.” But the US disrupted important Iranian diplomatic efforts at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the 19th SCO Summit late on Friday, he added that Russia and Iran are alongside each other in the regional and international circles and implementation of economic deals between them is going ahead well.
Vladimir Putin met with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani. The two leaders spoke after the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.
Hassan Rouhani and Xi Jinping in their meeting on Friday discussed bilateral ties as well as the latest regional and international developments.
President Rouhani was officially welcomed by Kyrgyzstan premier on Thursday when he arrived in Bishkek to attend the 19th SCO Summit.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met president of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev today and hold bilateral meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Imran Khan is visiting Bishkek on 13 and 14 June, 2019, to attend the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State (CHS) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
PM Imran Khan arrives at Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic for the 19th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the SCO.
Vladimir Putin attends the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit.
Xi is paying the visits at the invitation of Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, according to Lu.
U.S. President Donald Trump will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping… at a Group of 20 summit taking place in Tokyo later this month,
Iraq opposed on Friday a final statement released by Arab countries that were gathered for an emergency meeting in Saudi Arabia, which condemned Iran’s „interference“ in other countries‘ affairs, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a speech broadcast live on television.
Iraq opposed on Friday a final statement released by Arab countries that were gathered for an emergency meeting in Saudi Arabia, which condemned Iran’s “interference” in other countries’ affairs, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in a speech broadcast live on television.
His visit to Saudi Arabia is the first of its kind by a high-ranking Qatari official since the eruption in 2017 of an ongoing crisis in inter-Arab relations.
King Salman called for the Gulf and Arab League summits in conjunction with the 14th OIC summit.
His Majesty King Abdullah II arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday where he will head Jordan’s delegation at the emergency Arab Summit and the 14th Ordinary Session of the Islamic Summit Conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Mecca.
The White House announced Wednesday that U.S., Israeli and Russian national security advisers will meet in Jerusalem in June to discuss regional security issues.
As she was arriving for talks with the 28 other EU leaders in Brussels, May told journalist, “The best option for the UK is to leave the EU with a deal.” May is scheduled to meet with EU leaders to name five people to hold the European Union’s top jobs for the next five years.
Arrival and doorstep by Theresa MAY, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at the Informal Dinner of Heads of State or Government, taking place on 28 May 2019, in Brussels.
The interaction of climate change and development has found full recognition in the Agenda 2030 programme adopted in September 2015.
This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.
All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.
In their first ever summit this Wednesday (24 April), North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok.
Putin and Kim are on track to meet by the end of April, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.
Asked by reporters whether he was prepared to ease some sanctions on North Korea, Trump said he and Moon were discussing „certain humanitarian things“ and the possibility of South Korea helping the North with food. He did not rule out participating in a three-way summit with both Kim and Moon.
„But it was not logical in my view, and above all, it was neither good for us, nor for the British people.“
He added: „I think we delivered the best possible compromise. First because it was the one to preserve the unity of the 27.
Following is the text of an EU summit agreement on Thursday giving Britain more time to complete its withdrawal from the European Union.
Netanyahu hopes Bolsonaro will show willingness to move his embassy to Jerusalem during the four-day visit, which will also include the signing of bilateral agreements
– A shorter delay until 12 April if they reject it. By that time the UK must set out its next steps – either another extension or leaving without a deal
But the EU says a further extension beyond 12 April is only possible if the UK agrees to hold European elections on 23 May.
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EU agrees to agree #Brexit extension until 22 May by 29th March according to draft EUCO conclusions
The government has lost the ability to run the country. It is no longer in charge of its own destiny, let alone that of the nation. What makes this so humiliating is that power has been ceded not to parliament, but to the European Union. The immediate future of our country will be decided in Brussels and the capitals of the EU, not in Westminster.
The EU’s chief negotiator told ministers of the 27 remaining countries in the bloc that the leader of the British opposition had sought a head-to-head meeting with him. Mr Barnier and Mr Corbyn will hold talks in Le Berlaymont, the EU’s headquarters in Brussels, on Thursday morning.
The European Council is to consider the UK’s request for a Brexit delay. British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will also meet EU leaders in Brussels.
With just eight days before the UK is due to leave the EU, the Prime Minister will make the case for extending the Article 50 withdrawal process to June 30 at a Brussels summit on Thursday.
The latest updates from Westminster and Brussels following Theresa May’s request to extend Article 50 for three months.
Backbench Eurosceptic Tory MPs have made a behind-the-scenes bid to persuade European Union leaders to veto any delay to Brexit at this week’s Brussels summit.
The undercover diplomatic initiative has been led by Tory MPs Daniel Kawczynski, Craig Mackinlay and former Cabinet minister Owen Paterson.
Arrival and doorstep by Michael ROTH, Minister of State for Europe of Germany, at the General Affairs Council, taking place on 19 March 2019 in Brussels.
“For my Government it’s the key priority to prevent a no-deal Brexit. I don’t have any appetite for substance-less, very abstract discussions and negotiations on Brexit. Please deliver, dear friends in London please deliver. The clock is ticking.”
(18.3.2019) The German says the “strongman of the Italian government” is preparing to veto an Article 50 extension as a consensus fails to emerge for the delay on the Continent.
There are “very different views” amongst EU member states, Mr Brok concluded.
Mr Salvini is Italy’s deputy prime minister and will be represented at this week’s European Council summit by prime minister Giuseppe Conte.
One senior EU diplomat said all leaders would prefer to take the decision in good time: “We have to say yes a little bit before, not one minute before midnight.”
Once an extension is agreed, does it need to be legislated by the UK parliament before March 29?
If she unilaterally cancelled article 50 would MPs vote for that? What would the 17.5 million voters do.
According to the minutes, the European commission’s secretary general, Martin Selmayr, who is known as a master of strategy, asked: “Imagine that they have a new Brexit secretary or prime minister – what then? Article 50 has been agreed and the process has ended. It must be clear that the starting point is not a renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement.”
In a stark message to dithering Tory MPs, she vowed there will be no fourth attempt if she fails this time.
She warned it will almost certainly lead to a two-year delay and declared bluntly: “It hardly bears thinking about.”
Speaking as she travelled to an EU-Arab League summit in Egypt, Mrs May ruled out holding another so-called „meaningful vote“ this week.
But she said „positive“ talks with the EU were „still ongoing“ and leaving on 29 March was „within our grasp“.
A government official confirmed that Merkel “fleetingly” raised the matter at a 45-minute breakfast meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday morning, in a reflection of growing concern from European Union leaders over the lack of time to implement Brexit.
Arrival and doorstep by Theresa MAY, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, at the EU-League of Arab States summit, taking place on 24 February 2019, in Sharm el-Sheikh.
Pence accuses EU of leading scheme to ‚break American sanctions against Iran’s murderous revolutionary regime‘
Referring to Iranian protests in 2009, the vice president said, „The world missed an opportunity last time to confront the regime, but not this time.“
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after a public appearance with Pence Thursday, told NBC that Iran „has to be countered and it has to be countered now.“ Asked if that means regime change, Netanyahu said, „I don’t rule anything out.“
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday it is impossible to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran.
Pompeo is in Warsaw to participate in a conference on the Middle East co-hosted by Poland and the U.S. State Department that was originally supposed to focus on Iran, but the title was later changed to “Promoting a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East.”
On the 13th and 14th of February, Warsaw will host an international conference co-chaired by Poland and the United States, to promote peace in the Middle East. The Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz announced, Monday, that 60 delegations, including ten from the Middle East and all EU member states, will attend the conference.
Poland and the United States are jointly organizing a global conference in Warsaw on February 13-14 that will focus on Iran’s influence in the region, according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
(31.1.2019) The participation of the two means there could be some discussions about the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan
(20.1.2019) Next month, Washington will convene 70 world leaders in Warsaw in an attempt to form an alliance against Iran. But they all remember Trump’s zigzagging policies
(188.8.131.529) In summary, while some GCC states may wish they could build a military alliance capable of confronting Iran, that goal may be farfetched in 2019. Instead, the notion of the alliance could very well be the Trump Administration’s hidden path to the goal of normalizing Gulf relations with Israel, without much of a serious attempt at confronting Iran.
Some 60 countries have confirmed their attendance, but both Iran and the Palestinian Authority won’t take part
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been elected chairman of the African Union at the continental body’s summit in Ethiopia.
9. In 2019, the Coalition expects to concentrate on implementing the Working Group action plans. With the conventional military effort against ISIS in Syria nearing culmination and shifting to a supporting rather than a central role, the Coalition members will open a discussion to plan the next phase of the campaign. This could involve an effort to counter ISIS’s reversion to insurgency in Syria and Iraq. It could also include, addressing ISIS’s trans-border networks, branches, and affiliates, which continue to present a significant, and in some cases, growing threat to the members of our Coalition as highlighted by the June 2018 Coalition meeting of Political Directors with a focus on Africa held in Skhirate, Morocco. In particular, the Coalition should remain united in its efforts to undermine ISIS’s brand by rolling back its access to the information space as a tool to spread its toxic ideology and propaganda. The Coalition is determined to increase the pressure to disrupt ISIS’s trans-regional network through increased information sharing and complementary efforts in counter-finance, strategic communication, law enforcement, the justice sector, and security for our homelands. Coalition Working Groups and members will strive to ensure that our goals are met across the broader diplomatic and counterterrorism ecosystem, and does not seek to duplicate existing mechanisms and lines of effort. The Coalition has gathered unique experience and information while fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria that can be of value to other international organizations and groupings combating terrorism.
10. We are gratified by the momentum collectively generated by the Coalition and its partners and once again express our determination to deliver ISIS an enduring defeat. Our joint engagement in Iraq and Syria will continue. We recognize the need for sustained coordination and consultation of the Coalition across all its lines of efforts and especially in the Core. The four Working Groups of the Coalition – Foreign Terrorist Fighters, Counter-ISIS Financing, Communications, and Stabilization – are essential, and we remain dedicated to their continued progress. With this in mind, we look forward to the Political Directors’ meeting in late spring and the regular meeting of the Coalition Working Groups in the year ahead.
US President Donald Trump is delivering remarks at the State Department in Washington DC on Wednesday, February 6 at a meeting with foreign ministers whose countries are part of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS. The 79-member coalition is expected to discuss the future of campaigns in Iraq and Syria, which will focus on safeguarding against a resurgence of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) through stabilisation and security assistance.
A meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS met in Washington to focus on what happens once the U.S. withdraws its troops from Syria. Jackson Proskow reports.
(2.12.2018) Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he had no concrete figures on possible oil output cuts as Russia and Saudi Arabia agreed to extend their accord to manage the oil market, known as Opec+, into 2019, following a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit between Mr Putin and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Guided by the important consensus reached by the two countries‘ heads of state in Argentina, the two sides discussed the topics of trade balance, technology transfer, protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), non-tariff barriers, service sector, agriculture and enforcement mechanism, as well as certain issues of particular concern for the Chinese side.
Trump, speaking at the White House on Thursday during a meeting with Chinese vice premier Liu He, said he was optimistic the world’s two largest economies could reach “the biggest deal ever made”.
No specific plans for a meeting with Xi were announced, but Trump said there could be more than one meeting. US trade representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin were invited to bring a negotiating team to Beijing in mid-February, with dates still pending.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the summit is going to focus on Iran has drawn strong reaction from Tehran, with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denouncing it as a „desperate anti-Iran circus.“
As Theresa May’s tour of Berlin and Brussels ended in failure, it is more important than ever for the government to prepare for the potential damages of a ‚No Deal‘ Brexit
– Theresa May seen on camera in tense standoff with EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at summit
– Mr Juncker launched an extraordinary attack on the UK’s new demands as ’nebulous imprecise‘ last night
– Mrs May said she was ‚robust‘ with Mr Juncker and ‚crystal clear‘ with leaders about what she needs on Brexit
– The rescue mission came after she scraped through Tory vote of no confidence by a margin of 200 to 117 MPs
– She had hoped to wring more ‚legally binding‘ concessions from EU leaders over the Irish border backstop
They are apparently playing hardball because they believe that if the deal is vetoed by Parliament, a second referendum is more likely than No Deal.
Tony Blair has been egging the EU on today, telling them they should prepare for Brexit to be delayed and then cancelled.
Theresa May confronted the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, during an intense talk in the European Council chamber. On Thursday evening the President of the European Commission insisted the Brexit Britain needed to make clear “what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want”.
The PM said the deal was „at risk“ if MPs‘ concerns could not be addressed.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said there could be clarifications but no renegotiation.
He urged the UK to set out more clearly what it wants, adding that the commission will publish information on 19 December on its preparations for a no-deal Brexit.
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The progress made at the talks in Buenos Aires is of momentous significance since the Sino-US trade friction escalates this year. It is hoped the agreement reached on Saturday will be implemented by the two sides and Chinese and American working teams will meet the expectations of their leaders, normalizing trade relations between the countries.
As the presidents of the Group of 20 nations (G20), representing the world’s top economies, were preparing to travel to their 13th economic summit in Buenos Aires, this weekend, Argentine authorities were in the process of rounding up and forcibly expelling homeless families who reside in downtown Buenos Aires.
Addressing world leaders on the G20 stage,… President Moon Jae-in emphasized that peace on the Korean Peninsula will open the way for greater global prosperity. Speaking in Argentina on Friday,… President Moon said sustainable development is only possible through peace,… and friendly inter-Korean ties will contribute to humanity.
Now,… onto the South Korean leader’s trip to the G20 Summit in Argentina. President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump held talks Friday on the sidelines of the summit. North Korea dominated most of their discussion. Shin Se-min has this story.