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04.05.2021 - 19:11 [ menafn.com ]

US dollar decreases against Iranian currency rial

Sources close to the US government stated that the restoration of the deal may permit Iran to improve its oil exports as confronting no curbs on its banking system and ports operations, adding that Washington would lift oil, banking, and ports sanctions from Iran to let Tehran resume compliance with the JCPOA.

04.05.2021 - 18:58 [ menafn.com ]

‚Parties to Iranian n-talks have reached common ground‘

Vienna, May 3 (IANS) Tehran’s senior negotiator in the ongoing Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal said that negotiating parties have reached „common ground in many cases“, but there were still differences.

04.05.2021 - 18:54 [ EUobserver.com ]

Russia ‚optimistic‘ of new Iran nuclear deal

(03.05.2021)

Russia has said it was „optimistic“ of a new deal on Iran nuclear non-proliferation after a meeting of senior officials from China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the UK, the US, and the EU in Vienna on Saturday.

03.05.2021 - 23:55 [ Haaretz ]

In Crunch Time, Right-wing Leader Bennett Says Netanyahu ‚Doesn’t Have a Government‘

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes last-minute efforts to secure a coalition, right-wing leader Naftali Bennett said „Netanyahu doesn’t have a government, and he’s trying to pin the blame on Yamina.“

Bennett’s remarks at a Yamina faction meeting come moments after Netanyahu said he had told Bennett he would agree to let him serve first as prime minister in a potential rotation agreement, which could end Israel’s ongoing political deadlock.

02.05.2021 - 00:46 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Mossad Chief Met With Biden Amid Attempts to Prevent Return to Iran Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu briefed Cohen before the meeting.

Cohen also met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken Thursday, alongside Israel’s ambassador to Washington, in which the Israeli officials expressed „deep concern“ about Iran’s nuclear activities, according to a person familiar with the matter.

28.04.2021 - 05:10 [ theHill.com ]

US Navy fired warning shots at Iranian vessels Monday evening

The incident happened days before the Biden administration was to begin indirect talks with Iran on reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement, set for Tuesday in Vienna. Former President Trump pulled the United States from the pact, after which Tehran resumed the development of its nuclear program.

26.04.2021 - 20:09 [ i24news.tv ]

Maintaining Iran deal best serves Israel’s security interests, Russian envoy to Vienna talks tells i24NEWS

„We believe that the nuclear deal is extremely valuable, that it should be maintained and it will correspond with the security interests of all states in the world and in the Middle East region,“ Ulyanov said. „I would say that for sure the nuclear deal is the best guarantee available that Iran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons, the best guarantee!“

The official had harsh words for the policies on Iran of the previous US administration, headed by the hawkish former President Donald Trump.

26.04.2021 - 19:57 [ Haaretz ]

In Leaked Tape, Iran’s Zarif Says Soleimani, Russia Tried to Sabotage Nuke Deal

Zarif also blames Soleimani for being in cahoots with Russia, which “put all its weight” behind sabotaging the nuclear deal with the U.S. and world powers, as well as allowing Russian fighter jets to fly over Iran for Syrian bombing raids, letting Russia use Iranian airliners to move military personnel and equipment, and deploying Iranian soldiers on the ground in Syria.

26.04.2021 - 19:54 [ New York Times ]

Iran’s Foreign Minister, in Leaked Tape, Says Revolutionary Guards Set Policies

The recording, of a conversation in March between Mr. Zarif and an economist named Saeed Leylaz, an ally, was not meant for publication, as the foreign minister can repeatedly be heard saying on the audio. A copy was leaked to the London-based Persian news channel Iran International, which first reported on the recording and shared it with The New York Times.

26.04.2021 - 19:51 [ IsraelHayom.com ]

‚National security adviser to present Washington with sensitive information on Iran‘

On Thursday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened a meeting to consolidate an Israeli strategy on Iran’s nuclear program given the progress being made among signatories to the deal in talks in Vienna.

According to the official, should Iran engage in serious talks on an improved accord, Israel would share its position on what such an accord should look like. The official further noted that at the meeting, Netanyahu emphasized that Israel was not a signatory to the accord and as such was not committed to it.

25.04.2021 - 18:54 [ i24news.tv ]

White House: Israeli delegation will not sway Biden into abandoning Iran nuclear deal

An Israeli security delegation due to visit Washington on Monday will not change the Biden administration’s position on rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said at a press briefing on Friday.

The team of senior officials led by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen and National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat plan to express their objections to the White House, which is currently emerged in indirect negotiations with Tehran in Vienna.

25.04.2021 - 18:42 [ Axios.com ]

Israeli officials will object to restoration of Iran deal in D.C. visit

(22.04.2021)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has instructed the delegation traveling to Washington, D.C. next week for strategic talks on Iran to stress their objection to a U.S. return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to refuse to discuss its contents, Israeli officials say.

24.04.2021 - 17:57 [ Ynetnews.com ]

United Torah Judaism deliberating on whether to enable Bennett-Lapid gov’t

The Lithuanian faction of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party is considering whether to abstain from voting against a government led by Yamina head Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid, Ynet has learned on Thursday, thus enabling the two to form a government and avoid a fifth election round in just two years.

24.04.2021 - 17:54 [ i24news.tv ]

Confirming break from Netanyahu, Bennett says he’s in talks on forming unity govt

„From the moment I realized that Netanyahu did not intend to choose one of the two alternatives for forming a right-wing government, I began striving to form a national unity government,“ Bennett wrote in a lengthy Facebook post.

„If such a government is indeed formed, all partners must show restraint in their conduct, and perhaps we can bring some peace to the Israeli public.“

18.04.2021 - 07:24 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Can’t Be Trusted to Keep Israel Out of War With Iran

A series of widely reported attacks on targets in Iran and Iranian ships that were attributed to Israel reached a peak with the explosion at the nuclear facility in Natanz. Iran’s response was not slow to come this time. Tehran announced that it had begun enriching uranium to a purity of 60 percent, triple its previous level and approaching the level needed to produce a nuclear bomb. That, at a time when U.S. President Joe Biden is putting great effort into indirect negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear agreement.

18.04.2021 - 07:05 [ Tehran Times ]

JCPOA Joint Commission to continue talks on Saturday

Participants will assess current debates about the possibility of the United States rejoining the JCPOA, as well as how to ensure complete and successful enforcement of the JCPOA by all parties.

The U.S. is participating in the talks indirectly.

14.04.2021 - 13:05 [ BBC ]

Iran nuclear deal: Shadow of sabotage hangs over critical talks

A shadow war between Israel and Iran hangs ominously over the resumption of critical talks in Vienna on Wednesday, aimed at returning Iran and the US to the 2015 nuclear agreement.

06.04.2021 - 22:44 [ apnews.com ]

World powers seek to bring US back into Iran nuclear deal

“The restoration of JCPOA will not happen immediately. It will take some time. How long? Nobody knows,” he wrote. “The most important thing after today’s meeting of the Joint Commission is that practical work towards achieving this goal has started.”

05.04.2021 - 19:44 [ France24 ]

Iran urges Europe to lean on US on lifting sanctions

Britain, France and Germany are pushing to bring US President Joe Biden’s administration back into the 2015 nuclear deal, after his predecessor Donald Trump’s withdrew and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

The other participants, including China and Russia, are to meet Tuesday in-person in the Austrian capital, with the United States indirectly taking part.

03.04.2021 - 00:15 [ Wall Street Journal ]

U.S. and Iran Agree to Resume Talks on Nuclear Deal

A face-to-face meeting between officials from the two countries over the nuclear agreement would be the first since late 2017, months before the Trump administration withdrew from the deal in May 2018.

01.04.2021 - 23:38 [ Haaretz ]

Iran, World Powers to Hold Talks on Friday to Discuss U.S. Return to Nuclear Deal, EU Says

Two diplomatic sources said Britain, France and Germany had already held talks with Iran on Monday.

24.03.2021 - 13:52 [ New York Times ]

After 4th Vote in 2 Years, Israelis Wonder: When Will the Political Morass End?

Official final results are not expected before Friday. But the partial tallies suggested that both Mr. Netanyahu’s alliance and its opponents would need the support of a small, Islamist Arab party, Raam, to form a majority coalition.

24.03.2021 - 12:58 [ Anshel Pfeffer, @haaretz writer / Twitter ]

Bottom line of yesterday’s election – 57 percent of Israelis voted for parties calling to replace Netanyahu. That doesn’t mean Netanyahu can’t somehow find a way to form a bizarre coalition with the support of Jewish supremacists and Islamists, but it’s still a clear rejection.

24.03.2021 - 11:41 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Likud MKs fight over potential cooperation with United Arab List

While some Likud members of Knesset see a potential in the Arab party Ra’am, that managed to reach the threshold, others cannot fathom such cooperation.

24.03.2021 - 11:28 [ Haaretz ]

‚Not in Anyone’s Pocket‘: Islamist Party Leader Not Ruling Out Joining Netanyahu After Surprising Election Result

United Arab List leader Mansour Abbas said Wednesday that he is not „obligated to any bloc or any candidate,“ after the Islamist party surpassed the electoral threshold, with almost 90 percent of the vote counted in Israel’s unprecedented fourth election in under two years.

22.03.2021 - 16:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris ‚will offer to SHARE millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s jab made at Dutch factory with the EU‘ as he warns a THIRD Covid wave will ‚wash up on our shores‘ from Europe

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.

21.03.2021 - 18:43 [ Express.co.uk ]

EU vaccine export ban: Can Ursula von der Leyen REALLY block jab export? Is it legal?

Ms von der Leyen said Brussels had the right to ban the export of vaccines to the UK. But according to a UK Government official, such a move would be illegal.

The source told the Daily Mail: “The reality is our contract with AstraZeneca is rock-solid and better than the EU’s.

“And we’re only getting what we helped to develop and paid for.”

01.03.2021 - 08:26 [ New York Times ]

Iran Rejects Nuclear Deal Talks With U.S. Proposed by Europe

The rejection came days after President Biden ordered retaliatory strikes against Iranian-backed militias in eastern Syria.

27.02.2021 - 16:12 [ i24news.tv ]

UN rights chief accuses Iran of targeting minority groups

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday accused Iran of “persistent impunity for human rights violations” in regions including Sistan-Baluchestan.

“In Iran, an apparently coordinated campaign has been targeting minority groups since December, including in Sistan and Baluchestan, Khuzestan, and in the Kurdish provinces,” Bachelet told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

27.02.2021 - 15:44 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Estimates Ship Explosion in Gulf of Oman Was Iranian Attack

A ship owned by an Israeli firm, the MV HELIOS RAY, was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and a maritime security firm said on Friday. The current assessment in Israel is that the explosion was a targeted attempt against an Israeli-owned ship by Iran.

22.02.2021 - 06:44 [ Haaretz ]

Biden’s Diplomacy Train Is Headed Straight for Iran, With No Stop in Israel

Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei hinted at the likely response when he said that Tehran “can confidently predict that diplomatic initiatives will work well [to achieve] the desired outcome,” adding that the “diplomatic back-and-forths” are “the natural prelude to the return of all sides to commitments including the lifting of all sanctions in the near future.” If his statements reflect Tehran’s official position, then Iran evidently doesn’t intent to await the results of its presidential election in June, but is willing to begin talks now to exploit the momentum Biden has created.

22.02.2021 - 06:39 [ Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran / Twitter ]

There is a path forward, with a logical sequence: #CommitActMeet As the offending side, US must take corrective measures: -commit to JCPOA -effectively fulfill obligations Iran would reciprocate immediately by reversing its remedial measures.

20.02.2021 - 13:49 [ Enrique Mora, European Union External Action / Twitter ]

The #JCPOA at a critical moment. Intense talks with all participants and the US. I am ready to invite them to an informal meeting to discuss the way forward.

20.02.2021 - 13:46 [ New York Times ]

Biden Administration Formally Offers to Restart Nuclear Talks With Iran

While it was unclear whether the Iranians would agree to join discussions, three people familiar with the internal debate said it was likely Iran would accept. The officials said Iran would probably be more open to a meeting with the European Union, where the United States was a guest or observer, rather than direct formal talks with Washington as a participant.

18.02.2021 - 14:52 [ NPR.org ]

Facebook Blocks News In Australia Over Government Plan To Force Payment To Publishers

The moves are a response to proposed legislation that would force social media platforms to pay Australian news organizations for links shared on its sites.

18.02.2021 - 14:50 [ New York Times ]

Google Is Suddenly Paying for News in Australia. What About Everywhere Else?

(17.02.2021)

Pathbreaking legislation showed that even a small nation can get the tech giant to bend.

18.02.2021 - 14:47 [ CBS News ]

Google threatens to shut down in Australia over proposed tech law

(22.01.2021)

Google has threatened to shut down its search engine in Australia if the government there passes a new law to force big tech companies to pay local news producers for use of their content. The proposed Australian legislation, known as the News Media Bargaining Code, is the first of its kind in the world, and it’s being seen as a test case of the power governments have to regulate big tech firms.

17.02.2021 - 09:44 [ Newsweek ]

Two-Thirds of Middle East Experts Want Biden to Return to Iran Deal Without Conditions: Poll

The Middle East Scholar Barometer found that 67 percent of respondents said the foreign policy strategy that was most likely to produce „favorable results“ for the U.S. would be Biden returning „immediately“ to the current Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) before negotiating any other conditions with Iran. Also in the survey, released Tuesday, 75 percent of experts said the U.S. returning to the deal would reduce the likelihood of Iran getting a nuclear weapon within the next decade.

05.02.2021 - 12:27 [ theGuardian.com ]

Ursula von der Leyen: UK is Covid vaccine ’speedboat‘ compared with EU ‚tanker‘

“I am aware that alone a country can be a speedboat, while the EU is more like a tanker,” Von der Leyen said. “Before concluding a contract with a pharmaceutical company, the 27 member states had five full days to say whether they agreed or not.

“This naturally delays the process. Indeed, we must constantly put pressure on ourselves so that each step of the decision-making process is as fast and efficient as possible.

“But I am absolutely convinced that the European approach is the right one. On these vaccines, we worked faster than usual.

04.02.2021 - 11:51 [ Al Jazeera ]

Iran’s Zarif proposes coordinated return to nuclear deal with US

(02.02.2021)

In an interview with CNN on Monday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), created a joint commission coordinated by the EU’s foreign policy chief.

02.02.2021 - 08:56 [ Killian Foley-Walsh, Esq. / Twitter ]

Sabine Weyand was Michel Barnier’s number 2 in the Brexit negotiations. If she is responsible for triggering Art. 16, it’s not credible to suggest she didn’t understand its implications.

02.02.2021 - 08:54 [ Irish Times ]

‘I regret that article 16 was mentioned’: Von der Leyen statement in full

Below are the responses in full from European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen to questions posed by Irish Times Europe Correspondent Naomi O’Leary.

27.01.2021 - 19:15 [ SAfm news / Twitter ]

The EU Commission has confirmed that a meeting with the Astrazeneca pharmaceutical company will go ahead later today.

The meeting comes as a row escalates over the supply of its coronavirus vaccine. #sabcnews

27.01.2021 - 14:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

German media savages the EU for its vaccine shambles and tears into Ursula von der Leyen’s UK jabs threat – while jealously admiring ‚Brexit Brits‘ for ordering vaccines THREE MONTHS before Brussels

Embarrassingly for the bloc, it appears that Germany, the Netherlands, France and Italy had originally been looking to do a deal with AstraZeneca in May alongside the UK – but were blocked by the EU, which insisted it take over negotiations.

According to ITV’s Robert Peston: ‚The extra talks with the European Commission led to no material changes to the contract, but wasted time on making arrangements to make the vaccine with partner sites.‘

27.01.2021 - 13:00 [ ABC News ]

AstraZeneca says it has not pulled out of talks with the EU on vaccine deliveries, plans meeting later Wednesday

AstraZeneca says it has not pulled out of talks with the EU on vaccine deliveries, plans meeting later Wednesday.

27.01.2021 - 12:38 [ Politico.eu ]

AstraZeneca cancels steering board meeting with EU

The cancellation follows an explosive interview with AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot on Tuesday night, in which he insisted the company didn’t have a contractual obligation but rather a „best effort“ to supply the EU with its vaccine.

Instead of the meeting, the company will respond in writing to Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides‘ demand for more information, the Commission official said. AstraZeneca did not immediately confirm this plan.

26.01.2021 - 17:26 [ marketscreener.com ]

ASTRAZENECA HAS PROPOSED TO THE EU TO BRING FORWARD START OF SUPPLIES OF ITS COVID-19 VACCINE TO FEB 7 FROM FEB 15 – EU SOURCES

EXCLUSIVE-ASTRAZENECA HAS PROPOSED TO THE EU TO BRING FORWARD START OF SUPPLIES OF ITS COVID-19 VACCINE TO FEB 7 FROM FEB 15 – EU SOURCES

26.01.2021 - 16:39 [ Reuters ]

EU to monitor vaccine exports, but says it’s not a ban

EU countries learnt late last week that deliveries of the vaccine from AstraZeneca, which is expected to be approved on Friday, would be some 60% lower in the first quarter than initially indicated.

There have also been reduced deliveries of a vaccine jointly produced by Pfizer and BioNTech.

26.01.2021 - 12:18 [ Michaela Kuefner, hief Political Editor at DW, Germany's international TV channel / Twitter ]

In an exclusive interview with @dw_politics German health minister @jensspahn calls for a licensing requirement for the export of vaccines outside the EU. Given the state funds spent on building up production capacity this is not about EU “first, but fair” Spahn told me.

26.01.2021 - 11:52 [ Express.co.uk ]

‚F***ing bonkers!‘ UK attacks Germany over Oxford vaccine ‚lies‘ – EU row erupts

Another Westminster official said: “The efficacy claims circulating in the German media are unsubstantiated and incorrect.”

Speaking to Politico, a third added: “After this, support for Brexit will be at about 90 percent.”

The claims in the German media were made on the same day a row broke out between the European Union and AstraZeneca over supplies of the vaccine to the continent.

26.01.2021 - 11:01 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The great vaccine blockade? EU threat to cut off UK’s supply of Pfizer jabs will ‚poison relations for a generation‘ as Germans are accused of ‚Russian-style‘ disinformation over ‚rubbish‘ claim that AstraZeneca version is just 8% effective in elderly

Meanwhile, there is another row raging after two German newspapers claimed the EU’s regulator could refuse to give the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab full approval, with officials anonymously briefing its efficacy for pensioners was just eight per cent.

However, the claim was branded ‚absolutely incorrect‘ and ‚unsubstantiated‘ by the pharmaceutical company – and No10 sources told MailOnline it was ‚rubbish‘. One Whitehall source told Playbook it was the kind of tactics ‚you expect from the Russians‘.

26.01.2021 - 10:05 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

With our Member States, we have requested from AZ a detailed planning of vaccine deliveries and when distribution will take place to Member States. Another meeting will be convened on Wednesday to discuss the matter further.

25.01.2021 - 20:25 [ Stella Kyriakides, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety / Twitter ]

In addition, today we discussed with the 27 Member States in the Steering Board that an export transparency mechanism will be put in place as soon as possible. We want clarity on transactions and full transparency concerning the export of vaccines from the EU.

25.01.2021 - 20:20 [ EU Commission ]

Press statement by Commissioner Kyriakides on vaccine deliveries and on the vaccine export transparency scheme

Good evening.

You know that AstraZeneca’s vaccine is currently in the final stages of the approval process with the European Medicines Agency.

If all requirements are met, the European Medicines Agency could recommend market authorisation by the end of this week.

But there is a problem on the supply side.

Last Friday, the company AstraZeneca surprisingly informed the Commission and the European Union Member States that it intends to supply considerably fewer doses in the coming weeks than agreed and announced.

This new schedule is not acceptable to the European Union.

25.01.2021 - 20:02 [ South China Morning Post ]

Coronavirus: EU locks horns with AstraZeneca on vaccine deliveries amid ‘supply shock’

n a sign of the EU’s frustration – after Pfizer also announced a temporary slowdown in vaccine supplies earlier in January – EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides proposed forcing drug makers to register in advance their Covid-19 vaccine exports, so the bloc can keep track of what they are doing.

24.01.2021 - 06:10 [ theHindu.com ]

India clears vaccine exports to Brazil after delay

(21.01.2021)

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.

23.12.2020 - 07:53 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRUCK OFF, MACRON: Stranded Brit truckers on the move again as shamed Emmanuel Macron is forced to reopen French border

STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.

He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.

23.12.2020 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of truckers in Dover will have controversial rapid Covid test today after Macron gives way and says lorry drivers CAN now enter France if they have negative result – but freight backlog will take days to clear

The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.

Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.

23.12.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Von der Leyen takes control of Brexit talks in attempt to strike deal

Von der Leyen spoke by telephone to Johnson on Monday night to discuss a way forward and further calls are expected in the next 24 hours, but the commission refused to offer details.

Barnier said as he went into a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We are really in the crucial moment. We are giving it the final push. In 10 days the UK will leave the single market and we continue to work in total transparency with the member states right now and with the parliament.”

23.12.2020 - 07:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit poses grave risks to UK health and care sector, report finds

The Nuffield Trust thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”

The report said new migration rules, possible disruption to medicines and devices, an ongoing economic slowdown and barriers to science investment would hit the health sector.

23.12.2020 - 06:56 [ Standard.co.uk ]

NHS leaders call for Brexit talks extension warning no-deal risks adding to health crisis amid pandemic

The warning came as a negotiated Brexit deal looks increasingly unlikely and Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new variant of coronavirus as being „out of control“.

21.12.2020 - 08:55 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK faces Brexit limbo after talks deadline missed

The teams led by the chief UK negotiator, David Frost, and his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, were expected to continue talks on Monday despite the European parliament’s notice that it would not vote on a deal if not secured by midnight on Sunday.

14.12.2020 - 23:16 [ Express.co.uk ]

EU demands rejected as no deal looms – UK warns Barnier ‚we will NOT sign up for this‘

Brussels had been accused of trying to force the UK to sign up to its rules.

The EU wanted the power to unilaterally apply tariffs on UK goods if they felt British firms had an unfair advantage over those on the continent due to a divergence in laws and regulations.

10.12.2020 - 13:46 [ HungaryToday.hu ]

PM Orbán Sticks to Veto of EU Budget if Rule of Law Conditionality Stays

Commenting on a proposal by European People’s Party group leader Manfred Weber that decisions on issues concerning the rule of law should be left up to the European Commission while disputes should be settled by the Court of Justice of the European Union, Orbán said: “Everyone’s talking all kinds of nonsense and this is also true for Mr. Weber.”

“We’re not stupid, we weren’t born yesterday . we can put two and two together,” the prime minister said, insisting that Weber’s proposal meant that the EU wanted to “force anything onto member states that can be painted as a rule of law issue with a simple majority vote”.

10.12.2020 - 13:37 [ PolskieRadio.pl ]

Compromise on offer for Poland as EU leaders seek deal on budget

Speaking during a working visit to Prague, where he met Czech President Milos Zeman, Duda said: “There is a preliminary agreement drawn up. Work on it is still underway.”

He added: “The agreement is the result of very strenuous efforts by Poland, Hungary but also the German presidency” of the EU.

10.12.2020 - 13:01 [ Sky.com ]

Brexit: EU offers no-deal contingency measures for planes, lorries and fishing boats

It follows her dinner with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday night, after which the pair agreed trade talks should continue despite „major differences“ remaining between the two sides.

Ms von der Leyen on Thursday outlined four areas – air connectivity, aviation safety, basic road connectivity and fisheries – where short-term agreements could be made in the absence of a trade deal on New Year’s Day.

09.12.2020 - 17:55 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

STEPHEN GLOVER: When will Europe get it? Britain is determined to have its sovereignty back, come what may

Supported by other leaders, President Emmanuel Macron wants an independent Britain to obey future EU regulations — and be fined if it doesn’t.

Do they expect Boris Johnson to cave in during the next 24 hours? If so, they are tragically mistaken.

09.12.2020 - 17:51 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Boris Johnson to meet Ursula von der Leyen for trade deal talks

Time is running out to reach a deal before 31 December, when the UK stops following EU trading rules.

The pair will hold talks over dinner, after negotiations between officials ended in deadlock.

08.12.2020 - 17:42 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UK and EU reach deal on Northern Ireland as Government DROPS controversial law breaking Withdrawal Agreement in key step towards a final Brexit deal – but PM warns he WON’T cave in on sovereignty

The announcement is evidence of some much-needed goodwill as the sides seem deadlocked on fishing rights, state aid rules and enforcement.

It effectively means all the ‚loose ends‘ left to be resolved after the divorce agreement are tied up.

However, the broader standoff shows little sign of easing ahead of a crucial face-to-face meeting between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen, with the EU trolling that it is ready to negotiate again next year after no deal chaos.

29.11.2020 - 20:15 [ justsecurity.org ]

Defense Policy Negotiations Near Completion in Congress, With Human Rights Provisions in Play

(25.11.2020)

One measure in the House version of the NDAA would amend Section 127e of the U.S. Code — Support of Special Operations to Combat Terrorism — to include reporting on the entities with which foreign forces receiving U.S. support are in hostilities, whether those entities are covered under an existing authorization for the use of military force (AUMF), and steps taken to ensure that such support is consistent with U.S. objectives. It would also require a description of the steps taken to ensure that recipients of this support have not engaged in human rights violations or violations of the Geneva Conventions.

25.11.2020 - 17:55 [ theHill.com ]

Feinstein departure from top post sets stage for Judiciary fight

Other groups on the left were thinking about joining the call for Feinstein to step down but held off after Schumer’s office put out word that the Democratic leader was working on the situation, according to sources familiar with the haggling over Feinstein’s future.

20.11.2020 - 03:24 [ Bloomberg ]

EU Leaders Are Urged to Step Up Preparations for No-Deal Brexit

At a virtual summit of EU leaders Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo both called on their colleagues to make contingency plans in case talks to sign a trade and security agreement fail, according to two people with knowledge of the discussion.

16.11.2020 - 19:09 [ theGuardian.com ]

EU faces crisis as Hungary and Poland veto seven-year budget

The EU is facing a crisis after Hungary and Poland vetoed the bloc’s historic €1.8tn (£1.6tn) budget and coronavirus recovery plan over attempts to link funding to respect for democratic norms.

The move unravels months of negotiations over the scale and terms of the EU’s spending and sets the stage for a stormy videoconference meeting of the bloc’s leaders on Thursday.

16.11.2020 - 18:57 [ Spiked ]

Brexit is bigger than Boris or any Downing Street bunfight

As the Brexit process reaches crisis point (again), the real issue is not ‘Carrie v Dom’, but elite domination or democracy? Is Johnson prepared to stick to his guns and see through the clean-break Brexit we voted for? Or is he getting ready to give in to the demands of the Remainer establishment and the EU? Brexit is far bigger than the survival of Boris and the Downing Street pecking order.

16.11.2020 - 18:55 [ Spiked ]

Boris’s bizarre self-isolation stunt: Why is the PM self-isolating when he has already had Covid?

Self-isolation is intended to reduce the spread of Covid. But Boris’s decision runs totally counter to logic.

16.11.2020 - 18:49 [ theNewEuropean.co.uk ]

Think tank says country might face Brexit ‚in name only‘ following Cummings‘ departure from Number 10

He continued: „Dom Cummings‘ presence at the centre of the government’s policy programme gave Brexiteers confidence that Brexit would take place in a meaningful way.“

Instead, he warned that the loss „makes post-Brexit Britain more likely to be very similar to a Britain inside the EU, and possibly worse“.

14.11.2020 - 14:40 [ BBC ]

EU-UK talks: ‚Make or break‘ moment approaching, say both sides

The two sides are in a race against the clock to settle their future economic partnership in time for it to take effect on 1 January, when the UK will leave the EU’s single market and customs union.

07.11.2020 - 10:50 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit LIVE: Boris Johnson to issue ‚Australia deal‘ ultimatum to von der Leyen TODAY

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.

21.10.2020 - 02:48 [ Xinhuanet ]

Rwanda, Burundi foreign ministers meet to improve bilateral relations

The meeting comes barely two months after the meeting of military intelligence chiefs from Rwanda and Burundi that was held at the same border post. It is the first of its kind since 2015 when the ties between the two countries became deteriorated after Burundi accused Rwanda of hosting and supporting perpetrators of the 2015 coup plot against then Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

20.10.2020 - 04:22 [ Xinhuanet ]

Pakistani foreign minister, leader of Afghanistan’s Hizb-e-Islami discuss Afghan peace process

Hekmatyar arrived in Islamabad on Monday on a three-day visit at the invitation of Qureshi to discuss Pakistan’s role in the peace process and bilateral relations.

20.10.2020 - 02:54 [ Trend.az ]

UN Security Council discusses verification of Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

The UN Security Council discussed the need to ensure verification of a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya told reporters on Monday after a closed-door meeting on the disputed region

16.10.2020 - 15:17 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Get ready for no deal, Boris Johnson warns: PM tells Brussels it must ‚come to us‘ and compromise if there is to be a free trade agreement on his Brexit ‚deadline day‘

‘They want the continued ability to control our legislative freedom, our fisheries, in a way that is completely unacceptable to an independent country.

‘And since we have only 10 weeks until the end of the transition period on January 1 I have to make a judgement about the likely outcome and to get us all ready.

16.10.2020 - 11:06 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit: UK chief negotiator ‚disappointed‘ as EU fails to commit to intensified trade talks

Britain’s chief negotiator said he was „disappointed“ that European Union leaders dropped their commitment to intensified trade negotiations at a Brussels summit on Thursday night

07.10.2020 - 19:59 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Michael Gove puts chance of Brexit deal at 66% but warns UK will not be ‚held hostage‘

Mr Gove said the Internal Market Bill was one of several steps taken „to ensure this country is not held hostage in a negotiation process, but that we honour the vote people made in 2016 and again in 2019 to ensure we are properly independent“.

He added: „No one will be happier than me if we can conclude an agreement but we have an absolute obligation to ensure the country is ready in the event that we don’t.“

06.10.2020 - 20:12 [ RFL/RL ]

U.S., Russian Officials Hold Arms-Control Talks In Finland

Negotiators from Russia and the United States have met in the Finnish capital for a new round of arms-control talks as the two powers‘ last remaining bilateral nuclear arms pact is due to expire early next year.

04.10.2020 - 17:35 [ Standard.co.uk ]

UK and EU extend Brexit talks by a month in bid to reach trade deal

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.

02.10.2020 - 17:03 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Von der Leyen calls for talks to ‚intensify‘ as free trade deal deadline nears

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.

28.09.2020 - 16:26 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Gove in Brussels as EU trade talks resume

Mr Gove is meeting European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic to discuss implementation of the Brexit divorce deal.

And on Tuesday formal negotiations will resume as the two sides attempt to agree a post-Brexit trade deal.

23.09.2020 - 03:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexit: Boris Johnson clears crucial Commons hurdle in bid to push through Internal Market Bill

The Brexit legislation enabling Boris Johnson to alter key parts of the Withdrawal Agreement cleared a major Commons hurdle on Tuesday night….

15.09.2020 - 19:06 [ Trend.az ]

Dubai-based DP World links up with Israel Shipyards

Dubai-based logistics and maritime services giant DP World (Dubai Ports World) has signed a collaboration agreement with Israel Shipyards Ltd., controlled by Shlomi Fogel, Sami Katsav, the Schmeltzer family and the Gold Bond Group (itself controlled by Fogel and the Schmeltzer family),

15.09.2020 - 08:41 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

We want a great future relationship and a free trade agreement with the EU – but we will not get there if they seek to divide us. We must protect the sovereignty and integrity of our United Kingdom.

14.09.2020 - 20:54 [ QMC Politics / Twitter ]

The government has a Commons majority of 80-87 (depending on definitions). The first key vote on the Internal Market Bill is tonight at 10pm. What do you predict the result will be?

(…)

14.09.2020 - 20:13 [ Lloyd Christmas / Twitter ]

The only time the Internal Market Bill will come into effect is if the EU continues to negotiate in bad faith and no agreement is made.

Boris has, in effect, created our very own backstop.

Oh the irony.

14.09.2020 - 20:05 [ Guido Fawkes ]

In Full: Tory MPs Opposing the Internal Market Bill as it Stands

1. Bob Neil
2. Geoffrey Cox
3. Simon Hoare
4. George Freeman
5. Tobias Ellwood
6. Damian Green
7. Damian Collins
8. Sir Oliver Heald
9. Sir Roger Gale
10. Gary Streeter
11. Rehman Chishti
12. Jack Lopresti
13. Sajid Javid
14. Charles Walker
15. Jeremy Wright
16. Andrew Mitchell

14.09.2020 - 20:03 [ UK Prime Minister / Twitter ]

The UK’s Internal Market Bill – Protects the sovereignty of the United Kingdom – Provides certainty for business – Preserves our commitment to the people of Northern Ireland

14.09.2020 - 19:57 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson accuses the EU of putting a ‚revolver on the table‘ during trade talks by threatening to block GB food exports to Northern Ireland as he tries to win over Tory rebels who are against his plans to tear up parts of the Brexit divorce deal

– Sajid Javid and Geoffrey Cox have both said they cannot support PM’s proposal

14.09.2020 - 15:33 [ UK Parliament / Youtube ]

LIVE: MPs debate UK Internal Market Bill in House of Commons 14 September 2020

Watch the House of Commons from 2:30pm on Monday as three days of intensive debate and scrutiny on the United Kingdom Internal Market Bill begins.

Published last Wednesday, the Bill sets out rules for the operation of the UK internal market- trade between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland- after the end of the transition period in January.

14.09.2020 - 14:41 [ GEO TV Pakistan ]

Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad to discuss Afghan peace talks with Pakistani leadership

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived today to discuss the matters related to Afghan peace talks with the Pakistan leadership, Geo News reported Monday.

14.09.2020 - 14:17 [ Parliament.uk ]

Order Paper for Monday 14 September 2020

BUSINESS OF THE DAY

1. United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Second Reading

Until 10.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(3))

14.09.2020 - 10:59 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The UK has to defend itself against predatory diplomacy, deal or no deal

Europe’s refusal to offer its neighbour and security ally even a bare-bones trade deal is a hostile posture that has consequences

13.09.2020 - 16:41 [ Kate Hoey / Twitter ]

Not surprising that Major and Blair who were amongst the most extreme proponents of Brexit are supporting the EU position on free trade throughout the UK. I predict an even bigger majority for the Internal Market Bill tomorrow

#rightthingtodo

13.09.2020 - 16:34 [ David Frost, EU adviser to Prime Minister @BorisJohnson ]

6/7 The EU’s position is that listing is needed for Great Britain only, not Northern Ireland. So if GB were not listed, it would be automatically illegal for NI to import food products from GB.

13.09.2020 - 16:28 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Blair and Major urge MPs to reject Internal Market Bill

The former leaders, both vehement opponents of Brexit, said that respecting treaty obligations was „just as important“ as domestic law, and called for MPs to reject the legislation.

„As the world looks on aghast at the UK – the word of which was once accepted as inviolable – this government’s action is shaming itself and embarrassing our nation,“ they added.

13.09.2020 - 14:18 [ PressTV ]

Four major tribes strike non-aggression agreement with Ansarullah fighters in Yemen’s Ma’rib

Major Yemeni tribes, previously sponsored by Saudi Arabia waging a devastating war on the impoverished Arab country, have signed a non-aggression agreement with fighters from the popular Houthi Ansarullah movement in the strategic central province of Ma’rib.

13.09.2020 - 01:49 [ Dawn ]

Seize ‘historic moment’, Pakistan tells Kabul, Taliban

“I warmly welcome the announcement regarding commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations on 12 September 2020. Finally, our combined efforts have brought forth the day that the Afghan people have been yearning for,” Prime Minister Khan said.

12.09.2020 - 16:40 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

Let’s make the EU take their threats off the table. And let’s get this Bill through, back up our negotiators, and protect our country

12.09.2020 - 16:33 [ Downing No 10 ]

Prime Minister’s article in the Telegraph: 12 September 2020

We decided in the Withdrawal Agreement to create a Joint Committee, in which we would thrash out the details of these new arrangements. It is here that things risk coming unstuck. We are now hearing that unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish sea. We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.

I have to say that we never seriously believed that the EU would be willing to use a Treaty, negotiated in good faith, to blockade one part of the UK, to cut it off; or that they would actually threaten to destroy the economic and territorial integrity of the UK. This was for the very good reason that any such barrier, any such tariffs or division would be completely contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Good Friday agreement. By actively undermining the Union of our country, such an interpretation would seriously endanger peace and stability in Northern Ireland. This interpretation cannot have been the real intention of those who framed the protocol (it certainly wasn’t ours) – and it is therefore vital that we close that option down.

12.09.2020 - 12:21 [ inews.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson accuses EU of seizing ‘power to carve up our country’ as he defends controversial Internal Market Bill

He wrote: “We are now hearing that, unless we agree to the EU’s terms, the EU will use an extreme interpretation of the Northern Ireland protocol to impose a full-scale trade border down the Irish Sea.

“We are being told that the EU will not only impose tariffs on goods moving from Great Britain to Northern Ireland, but that they might actually stop the transport of food products from GB to NI.

12.09.2020 - 12:17 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson: EU a threat to integrity of the UK

PM defends decision to alter Brexit divorce deal, saying he cannot hand Brussels the ‚power to carve up our country‘

12.09.2020 - 12:12 [ Politicshome.com ]

Boris Johnson Tried To Get His MPs To Back Him Over Brexit On A Zoom Call. It Didn’t Quite Go To Plan

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.

12.09.2020 - 11:06 [ BBC ]

How India and China bought peace – for now

After months of worsening tensions on their contested Himalayan border, India and China surprised many by announcing that troops are to quickly disengage.
The joint announcement followed a marathon meeting between Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow.

12.09.2020 - 09:18 [ New York Times ]

Afghanistan Peace Talks Open in Qatar, Seeking End to Decades of War

If realized, a peace deal would be the first time in generations that a new form of Afghan government was not being established at the point of a gun: The current model was ushered in by the American invasion that toppled the Taliban’s harsh Islamic regime in 2001, and each previous one back to the 1979 Soviet invasion was set off by coup, collapse or conquest.

11.09.2020 - 10:17 [ MoroccoWorldNews.com ]

Libyan Parties Reach ‘Comprehensive Agreement’ After Talks in Morocco

Rabat – The delegations of the Libyan High Council of State and the Parliament of Tobruk have reached an agreement after five days of talks in Bouznika, Morocco.

In a joint statement on Thursday, the two parties announced that they reached a comprehensive agreement on the criteria, mechanisms, and objectives for “assuming positions of sovereignty,” according to Morocco’s Foreign Ministry.

11.09.2020 - 09:32 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

China, Russia, India share extensive, profound common interests, ideas: senior Chinese official

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) and Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in Moscow, Russia, on Sept. 10, 2020.

11.09.2020 - 09:12 [ Express.co.uk ]

Northern Ireland protocol meaning: What is the NI protocol? Why is it important?

Even if the UK leaves without a deal, the Northern Ireland protocol would kick in.

The Northern Ireland protocol replaced the NI backstop created as part of Theresa May’s deal.

The protocol is due to come into force on January 1, 2021, the end of the transition period.

10.09.2020 - 08:40 [ BBC ]

Brexit: UK and EU set for emergency talks as tensions rise

Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove will meet EU official Maros Sefcovic in London to discuss how the development could affect the island of Ireland.

08.09.2020 - 16:41 [ Downing Street No. 10 - Gov.uk ]

Prime Minister’s words on EU negotiations: 7 September 2020

We are now entering the final phase of our negotiations with the EU.

The EU have been very clear about the timetable. I am too. There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on 15 October if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year. So there is no sense in thinking about timelines that go beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us, and we should both accept that and move on.

We will then have a trading arrangement with the EU like Australia’s.

08.09.2020 - 12:15 [ theSun.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson blasts EU claims he was planning to tear up Withdrawal Agreement

An angry official hit back: “The government is completely committed, as it always has been, to implementing the Northern Ireland Protocol in good faith.”

A new law will be published this week that sets out Britain’s position — with No10 arguing it had to come this week in order to get through Parliament by December.

08.09.2020 - 11:50 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Brexit trade deal on the brink: Boris Johnson warns ‚contradictory‘ EU divorce terms on Northern Ireland must be overhauled as Michel Barnier arrives in London for crunch talks

The standoff turned nasty yesterday as Brussels voiced fury at UK threats to override parts of the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out last year. Legislation would unilaterally ‚clarify‘ key parts of the settlement, including customs rules for Northern Ireland, that the EU insists should be resolved by a joint committee.

Despite Mr Barnier warning that step would end hopes for a trade deal, the PM’s chief negotiator Lord Frost increased the temperature again today, demanding ‚more realism‘ from the EU that the UK was now a sovereign country.

07.09.2020 - 10:12 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU will have just 38 days to strike a Brexit deal, warns Boris Johnson

The UK ‚cannot compromise on the fundamentals of what it means to be an independent country‘

07.09.2020 - 10:03 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Five weeks to seal Brexit… or we walk: Boris Johnson threatens to TEAR UP Withdrawal Agreement and remove Irish customs pledge as he insists No Deal would be ‚good outcome‘

– Boris Johnson says there is ’no sense‘ in faltering trade talks after October 15
– He says he won’t compromise on UK’s freedom to set own laws and fish in waters
– Mr Johnson insists a No Deal departure would still be a ‚good outcome‘
– Is is also reported today the UK could tear up parts of the Withdrawal Agreement
– Such a move could be seen as ‚bad faith‘ by the EU, lowering chances of a deal

06.09.2020 - 12:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚This time, we won’t blink‘: Boris Johnson’s chief negotiator warns EU that Britain will not become a ‚client state‘ of Brussels on the eve of crunch talks to avoid a No Deal Brexit

– Lord Frost warned Michel Barnier that the UK would not become a ‚client state‘
– He said EU needs to realise PM’s Government is adopting more steely approach
– Comments come ahead of Barnier’s arrival in London for a fresh round of talks

06.09.2020 - 12:25 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit LIVE: EU warned UK ‘serious’ about no deal threat – Boris prepared to WALK AWAY

A Government source said: „The EU must also realise that we are serious about leaving with an Australian-style trading relationship and reclaiming our independence as a sovereign nation if we cannot find acceptable terms.”

05.09.2020 - 11:39 [ theHill.com ]

Pentagon reaffirms decision to award multi-billion JEDI contract to Microsoft

The Pentagon on Friday reaffirmed its decision earlier this year to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon.

01.09.2020 - 09:19 [ Haaretz ]

Hamas Announces Qatar-brokered Deal to Avoid Escalation With Israel

„After a round of talks, mediated by the Qatari representative, Mohammed al-Emadi, an understanding has been reached to avoid an escalation and stabilize the situation. Several projects were announced that will serve and alleviate the situation for our people in Gaza, given the coronavirus crisis that has struck us,“ a statement from Hamas Leader Yahya Sinwar’s office said.

01.09.2020 - 09:11 [ Weißes Haus ]

Joint Statement by the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

The UAE and Israel wish to express their gratitude for the overwhelmingly positive response to this historic accord from governments around the world. They are especially grateful to President Donald J. Trump for his leadership and to his administration for the critical role it has played in achieving this diplomatic breakthrough. They are also greatly encouraged by the broad bipartisan support for this breakthrough from the United States Congress.

01.09.2020 - 09:01 [ i24news.tv ]

Historic US-Israeli delegation lands in Abu Dhabi with ‚Message of Peace‘

The first official flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed Monday in Abu Dhabi, carrying an Israeli-American delegation to advance the landmark peace agreement between the two Middle Eastern states.

Leading the historic occasion, special White House advisor Jared Kushner addressed reporters at the airport promptly after landing, as Arab media televised the event under the title “Message of Peace.”

30.08.2020 - 12:17 [ i24NEWS English / Twitter ]

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner and a #US delegation are set to visit #Israel on Sunday

17.08.2020 - 17:58 [ RFERL.org ]

Russian, U.S. Officials Meet In Vienna For New Arms-Control Talks As Treaty Nears End

Russian and U.S. officials have begun a third round of nuclear arms-control talks in the Austrian capital as the end of the 2010 New Strategic Arms Treaty (New START) looms.

The two-day meeting in Vienna is led by U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control Marshall Billingslea and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

14.08.2020 - 10:02 [ Kathimerini ]

Dendias in Vienna for talks with Pompeo, EU foreign affairs council

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Vienna on Friday to discuss developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Dendias will also meet with Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg,

06.08.2020 - 21:35 [ Bloomberg ]

U.S. Circulates Its Latest Iran Weapons Resolution at the UN

The new resolution is almost identical to one the U.S. circulated in June, signaling the Trump administration is unwilling to make changes suggested by allies and opponents on the Security Council.

U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft acknowledged Tuesday that Russia and China are likely to veto any resolution

06.08.2020 - 21:31 [ WOKV.com ]

Trump’s Iran envoy quits administration as US pushes embargo

President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal two years ago but his administration argues it retains the right to invoke the “snapback” of U.N. sanctions because it is a council member. Others disagree.

Hook did not give a reason for leaving, although he has young children and was frequently away from home on travel. He had just returned to the U.S. from an extended trip to the Middle East and Europe during which he tried to drum up support for the Iran arms embargo extension.

06.08.2020 - 07:33 [ US Außenministerium - State.gov ]

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability

(05.08.2020)

QUESTION: So tomorrow and August 9th marks 75 years since the United States unleased the first atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So could you tell us your opinion on nuclear arms control, including the future of the New START Treaty between U.S. and Russia?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. So President Trump, literally since I first met him, first in my role as CIA director and now as Secretary of State, has made clear one of his top priorities is ensuring that we don’t have a really bad day in the world as a result of a nuclear weapon being used, and so we have worked along multiple fronts. For example, we left the INF Treaty because the Russians weren’t complying with that and that was – that had the risk of being destabilizing, because when you have an arms control agreement and only one of the two parties is complying, you have created strategic risk.

But in the last handful of months, we’ve been working diligently to get the three nations that have the largest nuclear capabilities – the United States, Russia, and China – to have a strategic dialogue about how we move forward together to decrease the risk to the world that these massive weapons are used, and we’ve made progress with the Russians. We’ve had two good gatherings; I hope we’ll have one before too long. And we are hopeful that the Chinese will choose to participate. We think it’s in their best interest. We know it’s in the best interest of the world. And for nations that assert they want win-win solutions, that they want good outcomes, that they want to be a player on a global stage, they now have moved to a point where they need to, like the United States and Russia, be prepared to engage in conversations about how you create a strategic situation that reduces the risk that nuclear weapons will be used at any time or any place anywhere in the world.

06.08.2020 - 07:17 [ /originalworldnews.com ]

US and Russia near end of New START — and the nuclear weapons control era

(03.08.2020)

That evaluation has turned into a delicate process with Russia, with high-level and working-level meetings taking place in Vienna to see if New START can be salvaged. Officials from both countries met again at the end of July in Austria’s capital, while China — which the US wants involved to discuss limiting its nuclear and missile capabilities, even though it isn’t a party to New START — didn’t show up.

25.07.2020 - 02:56 [ Xinhuanet ]

U.S., Russia to hold talks on arms control, space security in Vienna

A U.S. delegation of staff members from the departments of State, Defense, Energy, and the National Security Council will hold a U.S.-Russia Space Security Exchange in the Austrian capital on July 27, U.S. State Department said in a statement.

21.07.2020 - 12:15 [ thePrint.in ]

After Pompeo visit, British MPs to ask Boris Johnson to get even tougher on China

Johnson’s government has pleased President Donald Trump’s administration in recent weeks as it blocked telecoms giant Huawei Technologies Co. and took action over Hong Kong, but has stopped short of the kind of sanctions imposed on individuals and companies by Washington. While Pompeo’s goal is not to ask for more, according to people familiar with his plans, the MPs will try to get him to carry their demands to his meeting with Johnson.

21.07.2020 - 11:56 [ Marketwatch.com ]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the U.K. — here is what to look out for

The U.S. welcomed the U.K.’s announcement in July that it would remove Huawei from its future telecommunications infrastructure.

The U.K. will eliminate Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from its 5G network by 2027, after pressure from Sino-skeptic lawmakers and U.S. politicians.

“We convinced many countries…not to use Huawei,” U.S. President Trump said after the U.K. announced the removal.

11.07.2020 - 10:16 [ columlynch/ Twitter ]

Updates Syria Cross border story: Belgium and Germany expected to put forward a compromise resolution, extending mandate for the Bab al-Hawa crossing point for one year, but giving in to Russian demands to kill the Bab al-Salam crossing,

according to dips

11.07.2020 - 10:10 [ TRT World / Twitter ]

Russia’s bid to halve access for aid to Syria from Turkey to just one border crossing fails at UNSC, garnering just four votes in favour from 15-member body

06.07.2020 - 10:53 [ newsroom.consilium.europa.eu ]

Opening remarks by Christine Lambrecht, Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany, at the Informal meeting of Justice Ministers (via video conference), on 6 July 2020, in Berlin.

(…)

03.07.2020 - 14:33 [ Lee Camp / Consortium News ]

LEE CAMP: Connecting the Dates – US Media Used To Stop The ‘Threat’ of Peace

Now, I’m not implying Trump is some kind of hippy peacenik. (He would look atrocious with no bra and flowers in his hair.) No, the military under Trump has dropped more bombs than under Obama, and that’s impressive since Obama dropped more bombs than ever before.

However, in certain areas of the world, Trump has threatened to create peace. Sure, he’s doing it for his own ego and because he thinks his base wants it, but whatever the reason, he has put forward plans or policies that go against the military industrial complex and the establishment war-hawks (which is 95 percent of the establishment).

03.07.2020 - 13:42 [ Times of Israel ]

Bolton warns Trump could cozy up to Iran if he wins 2nd term

Former US national security adviser John Bolton on Thursday said Israelis should be worried about US President Donald Trump winning a second term in office.

03.07.2020 - 13:28 [ i24news.tv ]

Bolton: ‚Fickle‘ Trump would sell out Israel for photo op with Iran’s leaders

„I describe in the book how eager he was to have a meeting with the Iranian leadership, whether Rouhani or Khamenei. Are the Iranians prepared to sit down for talks to get relief from the sanctions, to buy time so they can push forward their nuclear program? Sure, they’re willing to do that,” said Bolton, in an interview to promote “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.”

“Just as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un played Trump all along, I worry that in a second term, the Iranians might be able to do the same with Trump. That to me is a danger.”

30.06.2020 - 18:20 [ StarTribune.com ]

Netanyahu signals delay in West Bank annexation plan

Netanyahu made the comments shortly after wrapping up talks with White House envoy Avi Berkowitz and the U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. The sides have been holding talks for several months on finalizing a map spelling out which areas of the West Bank will be annexed by Israel.

„I spoke about the question of sovereignty, which we are working on these days and we will continue to work on in the coming days,“ Netanyahu said.

26.06.2020 - 16:10 [ i24news.tv ]

Report: Likud party to offer Gantz presidency to scuttle rotation deal

The offer, according to the paper, would upend a rotation agreement between Netanyahu and Gantz for the premiership as stated in their coalition agreement signed earlier this year.

Likud party officials insist it would be „unreasonable“ for Netanyahu to honor the agreement – which allows Gantz to become Prime Minister in November 2021 – due to his politically weakened position, according to a string of national polls.

10.06.2020 - 13:25 [ Streetsblog.org ]

BRUTAL MATH: The NYPD’s $6B Budget Must Be Cut, Advocates and Lawmakers Say

(04.06.2020)

As the city budget process begins, Streetsblog has been asking Council members to put an actual figure on their vague demands for cuts as part of the #defundTheNYPD movement, but none has provided a target number, citing ongoing budget negotiations.

09.06.2020 - 22:20 [ Kreml ]

Telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

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.

14.05.2020 - 18:37 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Postpones Swearing in Government Amid Likud Discontent

As of Thursday afternoon, Netanyahu and his coalition partners haven’t completed talks on ministerial appointments, some of which would only apply to the first half the government’s term, before Gantz is set to take over as prime minister in a year and a half.

Long time Netanyahu loyalist and Likud MK Tzachi Hanegbi as well as Likud MK Avi Dichter, tenth in the list, decided to boycott the swearing-in ceremony given that Netanyahu did not offer them posts in the new government.

09.05.2020 - 14:12 [ France24.com ]

US withdraws support for UN Security Council global ceasefire resolution

Washington’s reversal came a day after it agreed to the text, negotiators said under cover of anonymity.

09.05.2020 - 07:31 [ i24News.tv ]

Resuming international travel, Pompeo to visit Israel to meet with Gantz, Netanyahu

A staunch supporter of Israel, Pompeo will meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist rival turned partner Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on May 13, the day the government is expected to be sworn in.

09.05.2020 - 06:38 [ i24News.tv ]

Amb. Friedman: Asking Israel to give up its ‚biblical heartland‘ is ‚unreasonable‘

Israel’s withdrawing from the West Bank city of Hebron is an absurd proposition tantamount to the idea of the United States abandoning the Statue of Liberty, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told Israeli media Friday.

Speaking to Israel Hayom, Friedman stressed the importance to Israel of Jewish communities outside the large settlement blocs in Area C of the West Bank, which is widely expected to remain under Israeli control.

06.05.2020 - 15:51 [ i24News.tv ]

Likud, Blue and White agree to revise unity deal after Supreme Court condemnation

The parties also decided that emergency orders instated to fight the coronavirus pandemic would not extend beyond six months.

The bill known as the „Norwegian law,“ which allows any Member of Knesset (Israel Parliament) appointed to a ministerial post to temporarily resign from the legislative chamber, will reportedly be dropped.

23.04.2020 - 16:46 [ theGuardian.com ]

Clashes predicted over trillion-euro Covid-19 aid as EU meets online

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.

10.04.2020 - 09:04 [ Nuno Rafael Gomes / Twitter ]

In a nutshell, #EU’s „help“ to fight #COVIDー19:

– Only credit lines (#loans)
– 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.

09.04.2020 - 15:52 [ Mujtaba Rahman, MD Europe @EurasiaGroup; formerly HM Treasury; European Commission (ECFIN) / Twitter ]

Tonight’s Eurogroup risks being a total car crash. Far from red lines evolving, North & South could not be further apart. *All 4 parts* of the package are at risk. People should not be under any illusions about how broken the politics are.

Short thread, based on chats 1/

09.04.2020 - 07:48 [ France24.com ]

UN Security Council expected to hold first coronavirus talks Thursday

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.

08.04.2020 - 08:41 [ Ansa.it ]

Swift EU deal needed or ‚we all collapse‘ says Di Maio An

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.

23.03.2020 - 15:48 [ i24news.tv/ ]

Mike Pompeo lands in Afghanistan to salvage Taliban treaty

Pompeo will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival, ex-Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who also proclaimed himself president after results of the September vote were published with a months-long delay.

The Kabul-Taliban prisoner swap, which is one of the steps outlined in the Doha agreement will allegedly be at the top of the agenda,

16.03.2020 - 07:42 [ The Hill ]

German officials to discuss report of U.S. seeking to secure rights to coronavirus vaccine

CureVac said on its website that CureVac CEO Daniel Menichella met with President Trump and Vice President Pence earlier this month to discuss a coronavirus vaccine. The CEO said at the time he was “very confident that we will be able to develop a potent vaccine candidate within a few months.”

13.03.2020 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Says ‚No Terror Supporters‘ in Gov’t After Gantz Calls for Unity With ‚All Parts of House‘

According to a statement from Netanyahu’s bureau on Friday morning, the premier stressed to Gantz during their nighttime meeting that „terror supporters“ cannot be part of said government, neither in normal circumstances nor in emergency.

The comment seems to be implicitly refering to members of the Arab-majority Joint List, the third largest party in the Knesset, which Netanyahu heavily vilified during Israel’s numerous election campaigns over the last year.

10.03.2020 - 04:10 [ Bloomberg.com ]

Turkey’s Erdogan Leaves EU Talks Without Agreement on Refugees

Talks between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the European Union over the fate of refugees in his country ended in failure Monday with no clear agreement over what should happen next on an issue that has further strained relations.

09.03.2020 - 05:31 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Election: Kahol Lavan Confirms Coalition Talks With Yisrael Beiteinu, Joint List

Kahol Lavan confirmed Sunday night that party representatives were in contact with Yisrael Beiteinu and the Joint List over efforts to form a minority government with their support.

A source in Kahol Lavan said nothing will be said to the media “until it’s certain and finalized.”

08.03.2020 - 14:57 [ Noga Tarnopolsky / Twitter ]

The Joint List in a gesture towards Gantz: MK @AidaTuma says „I think there’s no need for a law of return. Whoever [Palestinian Arab citizens] wanted to return are already here.“ #boom

08.03.2020 - 14:48 [ Noga Tarnopolsky / Twitter ]

#BOOM: Gantz in message to Ayman Odeh: „We would never dare to say that the votes of 20% of Israeli citizens are worth less.“ The Joint List chairman has demanded Gantz retract his statement, copied from Netanyahu, about forming a government with a majority.

08.03.2020 - 14:45 [ Haaretz ]

Arab Party to Discuss Backing Gantz for PM, Bill Barring Netanyahu From Forming Gov’t

The Joint List of Arab Israeli parties will meet Sunday to discuss the matter of recommending Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz to form Israel’s next government, as well as whether to back a bill that would prevent a criminally indicted candidate from receiving such a mandate.

08.03.2020 - 14:44 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Agrees to Lieberman’s Terms for Entering Government

„Agreed. We need to move forward,“ Gantz tweeted in response a list of demands that the Yisrael Beiteinu leader listed earlier Sunday in a Facebook post.

07.03.2020 - 13:18 [ Yahoo ]

EU TO HOST SYRIA DONOR CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS ON JUNE 29-30, WILL ALSO INVITE GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN CONFLICT – BORRELL

EU TO HOST SYRIA DONOR CONFERENCE IN BRUSSELS ON JUNE 29-30, WILL ALSO INVITE GOVERNMENTS INVOLVED IN CONFLICT – BORRELL

07.03.2020 - 13:06 [ Tamer Yazar / Twitter ]

The #EuropeanUnion said Friday that it would host an international donors conference in June for #migrants & #refugees from #Syria and surrounding countries, even as the bloc criticized #Turkey for using #AsylumSeekers as #political pawns.

#Ankara #Greece #Idlib #Erdogan #Europe

27.02.2020 - 16:37 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

UK tells EU: Agree trade deal by June or no deal is back on table

Britain will begin preparations to leave the EU without a trade deal in just four months if Brussels has not agreed to its key demands by then.

20.02.2020 - 16:44 [ WashingtonTimes.com ]

Germany releases Iranian wanted by US; Iran lets German go

A spokesman for Frankfurt’s regional court said judges had ruled Khalili’s extradition to the U.S. was permissible last year, but that the German government hadn’t provided the approval necessary for this to occur. The court then decided that it wouldn’t be proportional to detain Khalili any longer, “despite the flight risk,” and ordered him released Feb. 12, spokeswoman Gundula Fehns-Boeer told The Associated Press.

20.02.2020 - 12:32 [ The'Nimr'Tiger / Twitter ]

FSA leaders told Erdogan if he supports them with airforce & battleships & supplies & weapons & intelligence & 200,000 Turkish soldiers then they think they might be able to retake some villages in southern Idlib and hold them for more than 35 minutes Erdogan chose negotiations.

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13.02.2020 - 15:41 [ Express.co.uk ]

BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reveals next person set to get top Brexit role in Boris‘ reshuffle

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Laura Kuenssberg claimed Michael Gove could be given the role to look after the last leg of the Brexit trade negotiations in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle today.

02.02.2020 - 11:57 [ BBC ]

Brexit: We won’t take your rules, PM to tell Brussels

The prime minister will use a speech on Monday to toughen his stance ahead of trade talks following the UK’s formal withdrawal from the bloc.

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier will also set out his approach to the talks, which are due to start next month.

01.02.2020 - 09:59 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson plans to impose full customs and border checks on European goods

Boris Johnson is preparing to impose full customs and border checks on all European goods entering the UK after Brexit, in a ramping up of pressure on the coming EU-UK trade talks, the Telegraph has learned.

19.01.2020 - 12:40 [ indiablooms.com ]

Erdogan says too early to talk of draft communique for Berlin peace conference on Libya

„We do not have a communique text. Let us hold the conference first and then examine the results, see what steps we can take and then discuss them. Let us see what these will be. „

19.01.2020 - 12:22 [ in-cyprus.com ]

Berlin Libya summit calls for all parties to refrain from oil hostilities

The draft also recognizes Tripoli-based state oil company NOC as the sole legitimate entity allowed to sell Libyan oil, according to the draft, which will be discussed at the summit.

08.12.2019 - 11:18 [ Yonhap ]

(Yonhap Interview) U.S. expert calls for ‚tailored sanctions relief‘ on path to N.K. denuclearization

„As you do that step by step, that’s in essence how you develop some trust that lets you go to the final goal, which is elimination of nuclear weapons and the means to produce them, and integration of North Korea into the community of nations and the international economic system,“ he added.

Hecker was in Seoul to attend a forum on geopolitics and the denuclearization of the North hosted by the Korean National Diplomatic Academy and the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network.

08.12.2019 - 11:10 [ Yonhap ]

(LEAD) Trump warns N. Korea not to interfere with his reelection bid

„I’d be surprised if North Korea acted hostilely,“ Trump was quoted as telling reporters at the White House. „He knows I have an election coming up. I don’t think he wants to interfere with that. But we’ll have to see.“

The remark came as the North has increased pressure on the United States to meet its demand for a new negotiating proposal by year’s end, strongly suggesting that otherwise, it could restart testing of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

08.12.2019 - 10:58 [ CNN ]

North Korea’s UN ambassador says denuclearization is off the table in talks with US

In the statement, the ambassador, Kim Song, said the United States‘ pursuit of „sustained and substantial dialogue“ was a „time-saving trick“ to benefit a „domestic political agenda.“
„We do not need to have lengthy talks with the US now and the denuclearization is already gone out of the negotiation table,“ he said.

08.12.2019 - 10:49 [ LA Times ]

North Korea says it has carried out testing at long-range rocket launch site

The U.N. bans North Korea from launching satellites because it is considered a forbidden test of long-range missile technology.

After repeated failures, North Korea successfully put a satellite into orbit for the first time in 2012 in a launch from the same site. North Korea had another successful satellite launch in 2016.

29.11.2019 - 20:20 [ France24.com ]

France to summon Turkey’s ambassador after Erdogan slams Macron’s NATO comments

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.“

29.11.2019 - 20:17 [ Hurriyet ]

Check your ‘brain death’ first, Erdoğan urges Macron on NATO

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.

29.11.2019 - 19:56 [ CBS News ]

Trump prepares to leave for NATO summit in London

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.

29.11.2019 - 19:53 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Trump to cut Nato funding days before London summit

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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.

18.11.2019 - 21:30 [ Yonhap ]

N. Korean official says Pyongyang not interested in talks ‚that bring nothing‘

North Korea is no longer interested in holding another summit with the United States that will „bring nothing,“ a former chief nuclear envoy of the communist nation said Monday, urging Washington to drop its „hostile policy“ against Pyongyang.

18.11.2019 - 21:28 [ Yonhap ]

Senior N.K. diplomat departs for Russia

North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, considered leader Kim Jong-un’s top strategist in nuclear negotiations with the United States, departed for Russia on Monday, the North’s state media reported.

18.11.2019 - 13:08 [ Elijah J. Magnier ]

The US and Iran in Iraq: Protestors take over the streets, demanding government reforms “or else”…

Jeanine Antoinette Hennis-Plasschaert, a Dutch diplomat serving as Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations assistance mission in Iraq since November 2018, visited the Grand Ayatollah Sistani at his home in Najaf. A few days later, Thursday the 14th at 20:00 pm, IRGC-Quds brigade commander Qassem Soleimani landed at Najaf airport and visited Sayyed Sistani to discuss his requests for a solution to the unrest in the country. Soleimani returned to Baghdad the same evening with clear answers: reforms are inevitable within a specific time-table, and the US and Iran should stop intervening because protestors are for the most part sincere and have justified demands.

02.11.2019 - 13:50 [ i24news.tv ]

Israel: Gantz, Joint Arab List leaders say coalition talks held in ‚positive spirit‘

Earlier on Thursday, a meeting between Blue & White’s representatives and Netanyahu’s Likud negotiating team ended with no major breakthrough, Hebrew-language broadcaster Channel 12 reported.

01.11.2019 - 12:58 [ Haaretz ]

Rare Moment in Israeli Politics as Gantz Meets Arab Party Leaders for Coalition Talks

Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz met on Thursday with the leaders of the Joint List, an alliance of four Arab-majority parties, as part of his effort to form a governing coalition after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to do so.

23.10.2019 - 17:18 [ Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper / Twitter ]

I had a very productive meeting this evening with HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We discussed many bilateral issues. Most importantly I wanted to reinforce the U.S. commitment to helping #SaudiArabia defend itself in a time of destabilizing Iranian activity.

20.10.2019 - 11:36 [ Tass,com ]

Erdogan says will discuss Syrian forces’ presence in north Syria with Putin in Sochi

„Yesterday, I held talks with US President Donald Trump. On Tuesday we will be continuing talks with Mr. Putin. In the area of the operation are forces of the regime [of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad] under Russia’s protection. We will be tackling the issue with Mr. Putin,“ he stressed.