Archive for December, 2014

Merkel accuses Russia of interfering in Eastern Europe countries

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

German Chancellor Angela Merkel accused Russia on Sunday of interfering in the domestic affairs of numerous countries that are seeking closer ties to the European Union. “Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine are three countries in our eastern neighbourhood that have taken sovereign decisions to sign an association agreement with the EU,” Ms Merkel told German daily […]

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Algeria withdraws its ambassador from Iraq

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

The Algerian Foreign Ministry has withdrawn its ambassador in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Abdul Qadir bin Shaha, “because of the security situation taking place in the capital, as a precaution procedure and to avoid any undesirable consequences for security developments.”

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Pakistan rejects India’s accusations on Kashmir attacks

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Monday rejected Indian allegations implicating Pakistan in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) attacks, said an official release. A press release by Pakistani Foreign Office said, “Pakistan rejects the allegations and efforts to malign Pakistan by implicating it in the recent attacks in Indian-held Kashmir,” adding that Pakistan firmly rejects the baseless allegations […]

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Algerian, Greek Presidents discuss bilateral relations

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

President of Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday in Algiers held one-to-one meeting with his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias, on a state visit to Algeria. President Papoulias started Saturday a three-day state visit to Algeria, at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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EU to push for Turkey’s support in fight against IS

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

New European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was to meet Turkish leaders Dec. 8 for talks expected to focus partly on the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in neighboring Syria. “The Syrian crisis is going to be one of the key issues on her agenda,” an EU official […]

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British PM, to visit Turkey, meet Erdogan

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

British Prime Minister David Cameron will travel to Turkey on Dec. 9 to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss how to stop Britons crossing into Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters via the Turkish border, his spokesman said. The visit comes after Britain said last month […]

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NATO ceremonially end combat mission in Afghan after 13 years

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

 The US and NATO ceremonially ended their combat mission in Afghanistan on Monday, 13 years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks sparked their invasion of the country to topple the Taliban-led government. NATO’s International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which was in charge of combat operations, lowered its flag, formally ending its deployment.

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Egypt calls on Britain to support Libya’s ‘legitimate government institutions’

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry discussed bilateral relations and anti-terrorism efforts with his British counterpart Philip Hammond, on the sidelines of the 10th International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue Forum in Bahrain, on Saturday. Shoukry detailed recent developments in Libya to Hammond following a conference last week in Khartoum between the foreign […]

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UK closes Cairo Embassy over security concerns

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

The British Embassy in Cairo remained closed on Sunday amid “safety concerns”, with no clear indication given of when public services will resume. British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson confirmed that the decision was taken for “security reasons” in a message via social networking site Twitter. However, Casson did not give any further details regarding […]

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US, Pakistan resume discussion to combat militancy

Monday, December 8, 2014 Comments Off

Pakistan and the US have resumed their talks for devising joint strategies to combat militancy along the restive Pak-Afghan border, days after America handed over a top Pakistani Taliban militant to the country. The talks were held amid signs of improvement in relations between the defence establishments of the two countries.

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OSCE states have different positions on Ukraine, Swiss FM says

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has said that European Union ministers have held informal talks aimed at drafting a joint declaration on Ukraine but the discussions have been fruitless. Speaking at a news conference here, late on Thursday, Burkhalter said the ministers, grouped here for the 21st OSCE Ministerial Council meeting, were at odds over […]

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Turkish, Azerbaijani, Georgian FMs to discuss trilateral meeting

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is scheduled to meet with his Azerbaijani and Georgian counterparts for a trilateral meeting in the eastern province of Kars on Dec. 10. During the meeting, Çavuşoğlu, Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili and Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov are expected to discuss bilateral and regional issues, increasing cooperation between the […]

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International coalition to launch support mission for Afghanistan

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani said Friday the international forces would launch a new mission in Afghanistan to provide support and consultations for the local forces. The beginning of next year will witness the launch of non-combat operations of international forces in Afghanistan, which means the mandate of these troops will be restricted on providing support […]

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Egyp urges neighbours to support Libya

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry expressed on Thursday concern over the worrying situation in Libya, urging more support for the neighboring country to restore security and stability. “Undoubtedly, there are many worrying developments in Libya but we have to seriously address them and exert more efforts to help Libya build state institutions so that they […]

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Libya stability can be achieved through dialogue, Tunisian FM says

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

The settlement of the crisis in Libya cannot but be « political » and « dialogue » is the unique way to restore stability and security in this country, Tunisian Foreign Minister Mongi Hamdi asserted, Thursday. « Libyans should place the country’s supreme interest above any consideration. They still have the chance to turn the […]

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French, Algerian FMs discuss security challenges in Sahara and Sahel regions

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will hold talks here Thursday with his Algerian opposite number Ramtane Lamara to discuss economic cooperation but also the significant security challenges in the Sahara and Sahel regions, Foreign Ministry sources said.

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Hollande meets Iraqi PM

Friday, December 5, 2014 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande met here Wednesday evening with Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Al-Abadi to discuss cooperation between the two nations in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraqi and the Levant (ISIL), the Elysee Palace said. The meeting with Hollande followed a major round of talks in Brussels earlier in the day, where […]

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Turkish PM to visit Greece on Friday

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is due in Athens for talks on Friday amid a tense atmosphere between Greece and Turkey, which has been exacerbated by the neighboring country’s decision to carry out naval exercises in the Aegean while discussions take place in the Greek capital. Turkish ships and submarines have been conducting exercises in […]

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Russia scraps South Stream

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

Russian president Vladimir Putin says that the US$50bn South Stream gas pipeline has been scrapped in favour of a new route through Turkey. Putin blamed the cancellation of the project – which would have seen a pipe constructed along a route through Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary- on opposition from within the EU. The bloc, which has […]

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Turkey aims for cooperation with European defense industry

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

Turkey’s exclusion from the European Defense Agency is undermining closer cooperation between Turkish and European defense companies, Sedat Guldogan, deputy undersecretary of the country’s Ministry of National Defense Industries said Wednesday.

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OSCE meeting to discuss Ukraine crisis

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

The 21st Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is due to begin here later on Thursday, with presence of some 50 foreign ministers. The annual event is held under an invitation of the 2014 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter.

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EU to provide 180 million euro aid for Syrian refugees

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

The European Commission Thursday adopted a package worth 180 million euro to deal with the effects of the Syrian crisis in the country itself, as well as in Lebanon and Jordan, who are currently hosting around 1.1 million and 630,000 refugees respectively. This package deals in particular with the education of children and young adults […]

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Libya neighbors call for immediate ceasefire

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

Libya neighbors have called for an instantaneous halt of armed operations and curbing the flow of arms into the country. The fifth ministerial conference of Libya neighboring countries held in Khartoum on Thursday expressed in a statement respect to the choice of the Libyan people and support to the legitimate institutions in the war-torn country. […]

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US, EU Foreign Ministers express concern over deteriorating situation in Libya

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the U.S. Secretary of State, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs met in Brussels on December 3, 2014 to assess the current situation in Libya. They expressed grave […]

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Mali govt hails draft agreement for peace in Mali

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

The Malian Government hailed Wednesday, in a communiqué, the quality of “draft agreement for peace and national reconciliation in Mali,” developed by the mediation team in October, describing it as a “step” towards the conclusion of a definitive peace agreement. The continuation of the Inter-Malian inclusive peace negotiations from 20 to 27 November in Algiers […]

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French President, Algerian PM discuss bilateral relations

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

French President Francois Hollande on Thursday held talks at the Elysee Palace with Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal mainly on bilateral relations as well as the security situation in the Sahel-Sahara region. Sellal is here at the head of a large delegation to take part in a summit with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and […]

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Pakistan to create trench near Afghanistan border

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Comments Off

In the dusty badlands along its disputed border with Afghanistan, Pakistan is carving out a massive trench to keep out separatists, smugglers and militants in an attempt to bring order to a lawless, tribal region. But like the Berlin Wall or Israel’s West Bank barrier, the planned 485-km trench is giving physical form to a […]

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NATO condemns Russia over Crimea military build up

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

 Foreign ministers of NATO member states and Ukraine condemned Tuesday Russia’s military build-up in Crimea and its alleged deliberate destabilization efforts in eastern Ukraine. ”We condemn Russia’s military build-up in Crimea, as well as the worsening human rights situation on the Crimean peninsula,” an official statement said.

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NATO approves special force to be prepared for Russian threat

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

For the first time, NATO has approved a special combat force to protect the alliance against the threat posed by Russia in wake of its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Foreign ministers of the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) gave their go-ahead for the stationing of Rapid Deployment Force in Europe since the end […]

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US, Turkey converge on Syria, Turkish FM says

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

A considerable convergence between Turkey and the United States has emerged during recent talks concerning the U.S.-led coalition’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said. “I can say, particularly with the U.S., there is a convergence in our approach toward ISIL, the […]

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Kerry says nations will fight IS as long as it takes

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

A global fight against Islamic State militants will likely take years to fully succeed, but nations are prepared to engage “for as long as it takes” to defeat the bloody insurgency, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday. Nearly a year after the extremist group overran key cities in western Iraq, diplomats from […]

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US rejects plan for “no-fly zone” over Syria

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

The USA has ruled out any plans to create a “no-fly zone” over Syria as of now, brushing aside reports that the White House is in talks with Turkey in this regard. “As it relates to the specific no-fly zone proposal, we’ve made pretty clear on a number of occasions that we’re open to discussing […]

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Egypt court condemns 188 to death after attack on police station

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

An Egyptian court has sentenced 188 people to death for a violent attack on a police station in the restive town Giza after the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last year and has kept the trial pending for the opinion of the country’s top religious authority.

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Healthy relationship between India and China is in US interest, Ambassador says

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

A healthy relationship between India and China is in the interest of America, nominee for US Ambassador to India has said noting Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set out on a positive footing in reaching out to its neighbour. “Much like the United States, the Indian relationship with China has elements of cooperation and elements of competition. But […]

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Iranian jets strike IS position in eastern Iraq

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Comments Off

Iranian fighter jets bombed Islamic State jihadists in eastern Iraq in recent days, but the strikes were not co-ordinated with US forces, the Pentagon has said. “We have indications that they did indeed fly air strikes with F-4 Phantoms in the past several days,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said. His comments yesterday came after Al-Jazeera recently ran […]

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