Archive for September, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are to have another face-to-face meeting, the Kremlin announced Friday. Putin’s foreign-policy advisor Yuri Ushakov said the two leaders had held several telephone calls since they meet in the Belarus capital, Minsk, last month and will meet within two weeks.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan again insisted on the declaration of a no-fly zone inside Syria as the Turkish government considers how to be a part of a US-led coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Turkey said it will take measures, including military steps, in the fight against ISIL in what […]
Representatives of Western and Arab countries, meeting in New York Thursday to discuss Libya, voiced deep concern that current political polarization and military conflicts in Libya posed threats to the country’s transition.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in New York, said Pakistan Foreign Office on Friday. Welcoming the Prime Minister, the Secretary General fondly recalled his visit to Islamabad in August last year and his participation in the Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan. The Secretary General expressed […]
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have taken control of a Syrian border village in the eastern outskirts of Ayn Al-Arab, a town on Syrian-Turkish borders, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)
France’s foreign minister stressed Thursday that its role in an international coalition to combat ISIL will see it continue airstrikes against the militant group, but it has no intention to send in ground troops. “I’m crystal clear about it. It is necessary that Iraqis themselves are involved,” Laurent Fabius stated via his twitter account.
The French interior minister arrived in Ankara on Sept. 26 for talks with his Turkish counterpart aimed at improving intelligence and security communications, after an embarrassing bungle allowed three suspected jihadists to walk free.
Russia and Ukraine are holding talks to solve their long-running gas dispute as pressure mounts for a solution to head off a winter supply crisis in Ukraine and beyond. Today’s meeting in Berlin between the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers, brokered by EU energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger, comes more than three months after Moscow cut […]
Prime Minister David Cameron recalled Parliament today and made a case for the UK to join US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) terror network in Iraq which he warned could “not just take months but years”. Cameron told MPs that IS poses a “clear and proven” threat to British lives and was a “brutal”, […]
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and US President Barack Obama discussed on Thursday evening both sides’ views on the “overall situation” in the Middle East, according to a Friday statement by the foreign ministry. The meeting dealt with bilateral relations and ways of developing them in various fields in order to “achieve the common interests […]
Egypt accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of “spreading lies and fabrications,” after the president’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Thursday.
Turkey could lend military or logistical support to U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğanwas quoted as saying on Sept. 23, signaling a potential shift in Ankara’s stance on the issue. “We will give the necessary support to the operation. This could be military […]
Egyptian Foreign Minister Affairs Sameh Shoukry welcomed the formation of the new Libyan government led by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, during the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, according to a Wednesday statement by the foreign ministry.
US President Barack Obama has slammed Russia’s “aggression” in Ukraine but offered to lift sanctions against Moscow if it throws its weight behind an unravelling peace deal with Kiev. The outstretched hand to Moscow on Wednesday came a day after pro-Russian guerillas brushed off Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s limited self-rule offer and announced plans to […]
Cairo Criminal Court will decide on Saturday the destiny of long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak, his sons Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, his former interior minister Habib Al-Adly, six of his close aides, and fugitive businessman Hussein Salem. Mubarak, Al-Adly, and his six aides are accused of being behind killing and injuring peaceful protesters who took to the […]
As Washington completes a round of airstrikes on the Islamic State (IS) of Iraq and Syria, U.S President Barack Obama on Wednesday garnered more support for the coalition at the United Nations. On Monday, PTI quoted U.S. officials as saying that Mr. Obama will ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the 40 countries that […]
Turkey is ready to support the US-led coalition efforts to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) both militarily and politically, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying on Tuesday. After securing the safe return on Saturday of 46 Turkish citizens who were kidnapped by ISIL in June from Turkey’s Mosul […]
Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday met with a delegation of prominent Syrian women human-rights and peace activists on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York, the State Department announced. “He stressed the U.S. governmentآ’s strong support for Syrian civil society and human rights defenders, who, despite abhorrent daily violence and […]
Malian separatist militias agreed on Sunday to speak with a “single voice” in talks with Bamako on ending conflicts that still rage a year after Mali returned to democracy. The APS news agency in Algeria, which is hosting a second round of talks between separatist groups and Malian government representatives, announced the move.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed developing bilateral ties between Egypt and the United States in a meeting on Tuesday. A statement by Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the two sides discussed future cooperation in confronting terrorism, specifically the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS).
The United States expects Turkey to step up in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group now that Turkey has secured the release of 49 hostages held by the militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.
Some 130,000 Kurdish refugees fleeing Islamic militants have crossed the border from Syria into Turkey in the past four days, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said today as fighting raged close to Turkey’s southern border. The minister, Numan Kurtulmus, warned that Turkey was facing “a refugee wave that can be expressed by hundreds of thousands.”
At least 23 suspected militants were killed on Monday in aerial strikes on militants hideouts in the North Waziristan tribal region of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, said military. A statement issued by the media wing of Pakistan military, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that at least 23 militants were killed in precise air strikes in […]
Algerian soldiers have killed a “terrorist chief” during an operation in the Kabylie region some 110km east of the capital, the defence ministry announced on Monday. “As part of the anti-terrorist struggle and acting on information received, an army detachment on Sunday eliminated a terrorist chief responsible for several crimes in the region”, the ministry’s […]
Ukrainian troops and independence-seeking insurgents have started establishing a weapon-free buffer zone to separate the areas they control from each other, a government military spokesman said Monday. “A preparation for the withdrawal of heavy weapons is underway,” Andrei Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, told a news briefing.
France early Monday said it welcomed the end of the stand-off in Afghanistan over the outcome of the Afghan Presidential election, which has been disputed between two protagonists for several months.
Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar was on Monday appointed the new chief of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in commander-level promotions announced in the country’s powerful Army. The announcement was made on Twitter by Major General Asim Bajwa, director-general of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
The Cairo Criminal Court postponed on Saturday ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s espionage trial to 29 September, and called upon General Adel Azab of the Homeland Security department to testify in the coming hearing. The court ordered the medical examination of Khairat El-Shater, deputy of the group’s Supreme Guide, according to state-run Al-Ahram.
The United States is set to deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support “counterterrorism efforts”, confirmed US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel in a phone call to Egyptian Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi. Hagel contacted his Egyptian counterpart by telephone on Saturday to confirm the plans to deliver the military equipment, according to Pentagon Press […]
On the first day of the 2014 Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Syrian anti-Assad group called the “Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)” announced that it would be establishing a caliphate, or Islamic State (IS, which also became the organization’s new name), on the territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. It also […]
PM Davutoglu to visit Azerbaijan. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will pay his second official visit as Prime Minister to Azerbaijan. Davutoglu will leave for Baku tonight and start his contacts on Friday.
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday indicated that French airstrikes against ISIL extremists in support of Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces would take place in “a short time-frame” but would be limited to Iraqi territory. “Reconnaissance flights have already taken place as of Monday. Others took place today from our base in the United Arab […]
Turkish Minister of EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir announced Thursday the new European Union Strategy aiming to eliminate the obstacles on Turkey’s path to the EU membership by accelerating the dynamics of Turkey-EU
President Barack Obama reaffirmed Thursday the US commitment to helping Ukraine address its security and economic problems. In addition to supporting Ukraine through security and economic assistance, the United States will continue to help mobilize the international community toward a diplomatic solution to Russian aggression in Ukraine, he
Tunisian police killed an Islamist militant during clashes near the Algerian border, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, after the government raised the security alert level before elections next month.