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Pakistan urges Afghanistan to reconsider recall of diplomats

Pakistan urges Afghanistan to reconsider recall of diplomats

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, PAKISTAN, RELATIONS
Pakistan’s foreign ministry describes Kabul’s decision to recall diplomats ‘unfortunate and regrettable’ after ambassador’s daughter abducted. Pakistan's Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad at a news conference regarding the abduction of the daughter of Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, in Islamabad [Anjum Naveed/AP] Pakistan’s foreign ministry has termed the Afghan government’s decision to recall its ambassador and senior diplomats from its embassy in Islamabad “unfortunate and regrettable”, after the ambassador’s daughter was abducted and assaulted last week. In a statement released late on Sunday, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said the incident was being investigated “at the highest level”. “The decision by the Government of Afghanistan to recall its ambassador and senior dipl...
Jordan’s King Abdullah becomes first Arab leader to visit Biden in Washington

Jordan’s King Abdullah becomes first Arab leader to visit Biden in Washington

INTERNATIONAL, JORDAN, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
Bilateral talks about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and Jordan's economy come at a critical moment for the king Jordan’s King Abdullah II will become the first Arab leader to be welcomed to Washington by US President Joe Biden. The US president and the first lady, Jill Biden, were expected to receive King Abdullah and Queen Rania on Monday in what the White House called a highlight of "the enduring and strategic partnership" between the two nations. King Abdullah is usually among the first Arab heads of state to visit new US presidents, including Barack Obama. The Biden administration has the task of repairing ties with Amman that were shaken up during former president Donald Trump's tenure. “Really, the only pillar that was out of place was the previous [Trump] admi...
Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

Close partnership between India and Africa could improve the welfare of 2.5 billion people post Covid-19, participants at 2021 Indo-Africa business conclave say

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, COVID-19, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, TRADE
Participants said India and Africa should boost efforts to improve access to medicines, including vaccines and other essential drugs to tackle Covid-19 and future pandemics ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 19, 2021/ -- The Covid-19 pandemic has provided the impetus for a stronger partnership between India and Africa with potential benefits to both as they build back sustainably after the crisis, experts attending the 16th CII-Exim Bank Digital Conclave on India-Africa Project Partnership (https://bit.ly/3rgmnDG) affirmed.Speaking at the virtual event’s opening, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India External Affairs Minister said the two sides must reinforce collaboration in public health, digital delivery, capacity building, and the green economy - “our goals must be to use these new tools and prac...
US deputy secretary to visit Tokyo, Seoul for trilateral talks on North Korea

US deputy secretary to visit Tokyo, Seoul for trilateral talks on North Korea

INTERNATIONAL, JAPAN, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
Wendy Sherman to meet Japanese, South Korean counterparts to discuss regional security, COVID-19 relief mage: State Department photo by William Ng/ Public Domain | Wendy Sherman speaking in Tokyo, Jan. 2015 U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Japan and South Korea for talks with her counterparts on North Korea and pandemic relief, among other issues, the U.S. State Department said Thursday. Sherman, South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun and Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo will discuss “regional security issues such as the DPRK, as well as climate change and global health,” the State Department said in a press release. Seoul’s foreign ministry said the trilateral talks will take place in Tokyo on July 21, and afterward Sherman wil...
Russia, Central Asian states emphasize intra-Afghan talks

Russia, Central Asian states emphasize intra-Afghan talks

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, RELATIONS, RUSSIA, TALIBAN
TEHRAN, Jul. 17 (MNA) – Foreign ministers of Russian Federation and five Central Asian countries in a joint statement emphasized the significance of inter-Afghan talks in line with achieving the lasting peace in Afghanistan The foreign ministers of five Central Asian States including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan plus Russia in a joint statement, after a meeting held in Tashkent, called for constructive talks between government in Kabul and Taliban in line with achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan, TASS news agency reported. In the statement, they expressed hope for constructive talks between Kabul government officials and Taliban in order to adopt coordinated approaches to end the conflict and bring peace to Afghanistan. Earlier, Russian Forei...
White House official: Netanyahu is damaging US-Israel relations

White House official: Netanyahu is damaging US-Israel relations

INTERNATIONAL, Israel, POLITICS, RELATIONS, USA
Former PM's criticisms of current administration make Democratic Party less sympathetic to Israel, official says. Netanyahu with Pres. Biden Statements made recently by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are being felt as insults by the current American administration and the Democratic Party, a senior official close to the White House told Israel Hayom. Netanyahu expressed his views regarding the policies of the Biden administration vis-a-vis Iran in an article that was published in Israel Hayom last Wednesday, and he has made several speeches expressing similar sentiments in the Knesset recently. According to the official, "President Biden is taking a clear stance that expresses America's sense of obligation to Israel and to Israel's security, and is also promoting thi...
Lebanon’s Hariri visits Cairo as he seeks to form delayed government

Lebanon’s Hariri visits Cairo as he seeks to form delayed government

AFRICA, Egypt, LEBANON, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS
Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri met on Wednesday with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri, as part of a whirlwind visit to Cairo. The two officials discussed the socio-economic crisis in Lebanon and the formation of the new government, delayed for almost a year. Shukri called on the Lebanese political parties "to put the supreme interest of the country above narrow interests," assuring that "Egypt supports Lebanon to help it get out of its current situation," in remarks reported by Hariri on Twitter. Beleaguered Hariri is keen to garner support from regional powers, as he seeks to form a government needed to tackle his country's growing crisis. Lebanon has been without an active government since August 2020, after the resignation of the cabinet of Hassane D...
U.S. raps China at ASEAN meeting for unlawful claims in South China Sea

U.S. raps China at ASEAN meeting for unlawful claims in South China Sea

China, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS, USA
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in Washington on Tuesday. | POOL / VIA REUTERS At an online meeting with his Association of Southeast Asian Nations peers on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated Washington’s position that it will not accept China’s unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, according to the State Department. Blinken also expressed deep concern about a military coup that occurred in Myanmar earlier this year, and called for ASEAN to take coordinated action for the cessation of violence and a return to civilian rule in the member country. The remarks came during the first foreign ministers meeting between the United States and the 10-member ASEAN group under the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden. High on the ag...
Kiir and Machar: Conjoined twins for political survival and stability

Kiir and Machar: Conjoined twins for political survival and stability

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, South Sudan
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar Summary President Kiir and Dr Machar are said to have realised, as a result of the national dialogue resolutions, that if they do not cooperate, they may lose their constituency. As in Kenya, where President Uhuru Kenyatta's handshake with opposition leader Raila Odinga restored calm in the country, the working relationship between President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Dr Riek Machar is critical to South Sudan's survival. According to a cross-section of leaders, President Kiir and his former deputy Dr Machar must cooperate in order to survive politically. Indeed, the National Dialogue (ND) recommended in November last year that the two should retire with an attractive package for the country to move ...
Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

ARMY, CUBA, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RELATIONS, RUSSIA
Protests over the past 24 hours in Cuba have worried Moscow, and the first fears have surfaced that Russia is likely to lose the strategic island for the future deployment of air defence systems, ships, and aircraft. There are currently protests in Cuba. According to the Russian embassy in Havana, these protests are linked to living standards, the growing Kovid-19 epidemic, and its complications. The emergence of political slogans is already beginning to speak more clearly that the intervention of foreign forces is possible as a reason for these protests. Arrests are being made by both police and Cuban intelligence. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has appealed to the country’s communists, who he says should also take to the streets and oppose “this vandalism,” he said. What is...
North Korea dismisses U.S. humanitarian aid as ‘sinister scheme’

North Korea dismisses U.S. humanitarian aid as ‘sinister scheme’

COVID-19, INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, POLITICS, RELATIONS, SOUTH KOREA, USA
U.S. humanitarian aid is a "sinister political scheme" to put pressure on other countries, a North Korean researcher said, after suggestions from U.S. allies such as South Korea that coronavirus vaccines or other help could promote cooperation. North Korea's foreign ministry published the criticism of U.S. aid on an official website on Sunday, a clear indication that it reflects government thinking. Kang Hyon Chol, identified as a senior researcher at the ministry-affiliated Association for the Promotion of International Economic and Technological Exchange, listed a series of examples from around the world that he said highlight a U.S. practice of linking aid to its foreign policy goals or pressure on human rights issues. "This vividly reveals that the American ulterior inten...
Kenya backs AU role in resolving Nile dam dispute

Kenya backs AU role in resolving Nile dam dispute

AFRICA, African Union, DEVELOPMENT, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, Nature, RELATIONS, Sudan
The Blue Nile river as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), near Guba in EthiopiaDecember 26, 2019. PHOTO | AFP Summary Kenya told the Security Council that the UN should back the African Union to ensure Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt, who are squabbling over the use of the Nile, reach an amicable solution.Says the countries on the Nile Basin have “legitimate rights” on the use of the Nile, and their differences and desires to secure waters for their people are not yet a threat to international peace and security. Kenya on Thursday called on the African Union to continue leading discussions on the Nile dam operations in Ethiopia, even as Egypt warned that Ethiopia’s mega hydro power project was “an existential threat.” At a session of the UN Security Counci...
Secrets of Ruto, Museveni talks as race to succeed Uhuru rages

Secrets of Ruto, Museveni talks as race to succeed Uhuru rages

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, UGANDA
Summary Ruto also celebrated Mr Museveni’s Operation Wealth Creation Initiative, which he compared to his own hustler campaigns. The initiative was launched five years ago to help folks elevate their farming from mere subsistence to commercial, even if on smaller plots.Mr Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years, is said to prefer Dr Ruto and not ODM leader Raila Odinga coming in after Mr Kenyatta. Being a landlocked country, Uganda depends on Kenya for its imports and the President is keen to have a friendly Head of State. Kenya’s deputy President William Ruto’s recent trip to Uganda has brought into focus the close ties he enjoys with President Museveni. The deputy president is cultivating deep political and commercial ties in one of Kenya’s biggest trading partners and...
Egypt, Israel hold talks on Palestinian-Israeli peace process

Egypt, Israel hold talks on Palestinian-Israeli peace process

Egypt, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, PALESTINE, RELATIONS
Comprehensive, fair peace talks should begin between Palestine and Israel, says Egyptian foreign minister Egypt’s foreign minister and his Israeli counterpart discussed the Palestinian-Israeli peace process Sunday in the Belgian capital Brussels. During their meeting, Sameh Shoukry told Yair Lapid that the current difficulties between Palestinians and Israelis should be resolved and comprehensive and fair peace talks should begin, according to a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. In an earlier statement, the ministry said that Shoukry went to Brussels to deliver a letter from President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to the European Council. No information was given on its content, however. It added that the Egyptian minister would hold talks with the foreign ministers of ...
Taliban Calls China Afghan’s Friend, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Militants

Taliban Calls China Afghan’s Friend, Assures Not To Host Uyghur Militants

Afghanistan, China, INTERNATIONAL, RELATIONS, TALIBAN, USA
The comments came as the Taliban made territorial gains in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of the US forces. Taliban spokesman Suhil Shaheen (Left) The Taliban has called China a "friend" of Afghanistan and promised not to host Uyghur Islamic militants from the volatile Xinjiang province According to a media report, the Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said they see China as a “friend” to Afghanistan. He also said the Taliban would no longer allow China’s Uyghur separatist fighters from Xinjiang, some of whom had previously sought refuge in Afghanistan, to enter the country. The comments came as the Taliban made territorial gains in the war-torn country amid the withdrawal of the US forces. China has already evacuated 210 of its nationals from Afghanistan by a charter...
It’s official: Jordan is now allies with Iran – opinion

It’s official: Jordan is now allies with Iran – opinion

INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, JORDAN, Middle East, RELATIONS
The king of Jordan believes that opening the door to the Shi’ites will save his country from these crises. But as we have said, this will be a double-edged sword. JORDAN’S KING ABDULLAH II listens during a meeting in Amman in May.(Photo Credit: ALEX BRANDON/POOL VIA REUTERS) On 27 June 2021, Jordan’s King Abdullah II met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Baghdad. All three announced an agreement to cooperate on transporting Iraqi oil through pipelines from Iraq to Jordan to Egypt, from where it will be exported to Europe through the Mediterranean. This agreement is King Abdullah’s “coming out of the closest” with Iran. It is now official: Jordan is allied with Iran because Iraq is actually under Iran’s control. The Iraqi gove...
Drone attacks by Iraqi militias reflect Iran’s waning hold

Drone attacks by Iraqi militias reflect Iran’s waning hold

INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, IRAQ, Middle East, RELATIONS
BAGHDAD (AP) - Iran´s expeditionary Quds Force commander brought one main directive for Iraqi militia faction leaders long beholden to Tehran, when he gathered with them in Baghdad last month: Maintain calm, until after nuclear talks between Iran and the United States. But he was met with defiance. One of the six faction leaders spoke up in their meeting: They could not stay quiet while the death of his predecessor Qassim Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a U.S. drone strike went unavenged. Militia attacks have only been increasing against the U.S. in military bases in both Iraq and Syria. Three missile attacks in the last week alone resulted in minor injuries, stoking fears of escalation. The details from Esmail Ghaani´s visit, confirmed to Th...
In Iran-brokered talks, Taliban, Kabul agree war no solution in Afghanistan

In Iran-brokered talks, Taliban, Kabul agree war no solution in Afghanistan

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, Middle East, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS
In joint declaration after two days of intra-Afghan talks hosted by Iran, they vow to pursue political, peaceful solutions Top-ranking Taliban officials and a group of mainstream Afghan politicians, who participated in Iran-brokered talks in Tehran on Wednesday and Thursday, agreed that there is no alternative to peace. In a joint declaration issued after two days of intra-Afghan talks facilitated by Iran’s Foreign Ministry, the two Afghan sides recognized the “dangers of continuing the war” and its impact on the “health of the nation,” Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said in a series of tweets. The two opposing sides agreed that war is “not the solution to the Afghan problem” and all efforts must be coordinated for a “political and peaceful solution." They also agreed to...
Tunisia pushing UN action on Ethiopia dam, Ethiopia opposed

Tunisia pushing UN action on Ethiopia dam, Ethiopia opposed

AFRICA, DEVELOPMENT, Egypt, ETHIOPIA, RELATIONS, Sudan
Tunisia has proposed the UN Security Council push for a binding agreement between Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt on the operation of a giant hydropower dam within six months, according to a draft resolution on Wednesday. Tunisia circulated the draft text to the 15-member Security Council ahead of a council meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) on Thursday, though it was not immediately clear when it could be put to a vote. A senior Ethiopian diplomat in New York told Reuters the draft resolution would "effectively scuttle" an African Union-led mediation process between the three countries, and Ethiopia was working to make sure that it would not be adopted. "Africa is watching and watching closely because the precedence is huge to bear and disrupts African Unity," t...
Hamilton: Fight against Verstappen ‘reinvigorating’ love for F1

Hamilton: Fight against Verstappen ‘reinvigorating’ love for F1

FIA, Formula 1, Motorsport, RACING, RELATIONS, Sports
Lewis Hamilton says the fight against Max Verstappen and Red Bull this year has been “reinvigorating the love” he has for Formula 1, bringing him closer to his Mercedes team. Mercedes announced last Saturday that Hamilton had signed a new two-year contract, ensuring he will remain with the team until at least the end of the 2023 season. Hamilton’s long-term F1 future had been subject to speculation after he only signed a one-year extension with Mercedes back in February to cover the 2021 season. But the British driver always made clear that his future beyond this year would not depend on any on-track success as he went in search of a record-breaking eighth world title. Hamilton has faced his sternest challenge for an F1 title in over five seasons so far this year against V...
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