Archive for January, 2015
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Thursday stressed that NATO would continue its strong political and practical support for Ukraine. He also expressed concern about the recent escalation of violence in the country, after talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, according to a NATO statement. “We are very much concerned about the situation and also […]
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday deplored the incidents that took place during a demonstration in front of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) base in Gao town, northern Mali, two days ago. The Secretary General is saddened by the violence that surrounded the demonstration and the reported death of at […]
African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui underlined Wednesday in Addis Ababa that there no military solution was possible to the Libyan crisis, favouring a peaceful solution through inter-Libyan dialogue. “We should say clearly that no military solution is possible to the current crisis in Libya. We should also encourage all those who […]
Egypt and Libya boycotted on Wednesday the second session of the International Contact Group on Libya in Addis Ababa objecting to the presence of Qatar and Turkey. Egypt withdrew from the meeting to “send a clear message” that there must be coordination about the participation of countries outside the African Union, Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh […]
The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned today, in the strongest terms, the attack that took place at the Corinthia Hotel, in Tripoli yesterday. “Terrorism has no place in the new Libya and will not undermine the ongoing political dialogue which the United Nations is facilitating,” the Secretary-General’s spokesperson said in a statement released today, in […]
“By taking part in the 24th African Union (AU) Summit, January 30-31 in Addis Ababa, Tunisia makes a comeback on the African scene,” official Spokesman for the Presidency of the Republic Moez Sinaoui said, Thursday. President Beji Caid Essebsi who left for Ethiopia in his first travel abroad since he has taken power, is accompanied […]
The Turkish government has publicly declared its demand that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) lay down arms on the Nevruz festival, which is marked on March 21, underlining that the jailed PKK leader’s 2014 Nevruz message needed to be developed further this year. “On this Nevruz, laying down arms and taking a further step […]
EU moves to increase sanctions on Russia – Attempt to force all sides to the negotiating table. France says European Union sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian backers will be reinforced in an attempt to force all sides back to the negotiating table. French European Affairs Minister Harlem Desir said ahead of […]
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that he wanted relations with India based on equality and mutual respect, values which are vital for peace in the region, a media report said. In a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in Islamabad, Mr. Sharif said that Pakistan longed for good relations […]
Asserting that it has no territorial ambitions, India today said it wants to resolve all issues with China with “honesty” and asked the China government to come forward to end the “perceptional differences” over the border. Home Minister Rajnath Singh also sounded unperturbed by the increasing cooperation and friendship between China and Pakistan.
Turkey has strongly condemned Egypt over its disproportionate use of force on protesters wanting to mark the fourth anniversary of their Jan. 25 revolution and expressing condolences to families of those killed during the protests in 2011. “It is impossible for the Egyptian administration to provide stability and security to its people with this exclusive […]
The Ukrainian government has declared a state of emergency in the eastern part of the country. “The Ukrainian government has decided to institute the state of emergency in Donetsk and Luhansk,” said the prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who spoke after a cabinet meeting in Kiev. Yatsenyuk also announced that a special commission chaired by himself would oversee the […]
Leaders of the 28-member EU Tuesday expressed concern about the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine. “We condemn the killing of civilians during the indiscriminate shelling of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on 24 January 2015. We note evidence of continued and growing support given to the separatists by Russia, which underlines Russia’s
At least 76 militants including foreigners were killed in fresh air strikes on Tuesday carried by Pakistan military in North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan, said military. A statement by Pakistan military’s Inter Services Public Relations said that precise aerial strikes targeting militant hideouts in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan tribal agency killed 76 […]
Turkey’s border with Syria has again witnessed tension in the wake of Kurdish forces’ success in driving jihadists from Kobane, with Ankara contrastingly attracting international applause and domestic opprobrium over the affair. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, meanwhile, slammed the Kurdish parties fighting there for ruining the town, once home to around 200,000.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif felicitated the people of India on Republic Day and reiterated Islamabad’s desire for cordial relations between the two countries, in a letter to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi. “Pakistan remains committed to developing cordial relations with India on the basis of sovereign equality, mutual respect and commonality of interests,” the […]
The armed forces killed 3 militants in an exchange of fire in Al-Arish and arrested 68 others during armed forces operations between 21 January and 26 January, according to a military spokesman statement released Tuesday. Out of the 68 arrested, 17 were “wanted” and 40 were “suspects”. One of them was said to be Palestinian. […]
Egypt intends to propose a special clause in the African Union (AU) for its role as a mediator in African disputes, according to a foreign ministry statement on Monday. The move will also outline Egypt’s offer to host a headquarters of the African Union Center for post-conflict reconstruction. The statement added that Egypt will apply […]
Fighting in east Ukraine over the last 24 hours has killed at least nine soldiers and wounded 29, the military said today , as rebels fought to secure more territory in the war zone. “Nine soldiers were killed and 29 injured in the (war zone) during the last 24 hours,” military spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov said.
The United Nations Security Council plans to hold a special meeting on Monday focusing on the violence in eastern Ukraine. The meeting was convened by Lithuania, a rotating member of the council, at Kiev’s request and will begin at 3pm (2000 GMT).
Clashes between protesters and security forces left at least 15 people dead on Sunday, the anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 revolt that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak. Security had been tightened in Cairo and other cities after Islamists called for protests against the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who ousted his Islamist […]
India could play a role in battling Islamic State, the White House said on Monday during a visit to New Delhi by President Barack Obama, underlining Washington’s confidence that India is increasingly prepared to engage on global security issues.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Monday condemned the sharp escalation of violence along the ceasefire line in eastern Ukraine by the Russia-backed separatists and called on Russia to stop supporting them. In his statement after an extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission this afternoon, he said thirty civilians were killed and around a hundred were […]
A new round of peace talks between Libya’s warring factions resumed in Geneva on Monday as the country continued to sink into chaos. During a first round of UN-mediated discussions in the Swiss city earlier this month, warring factions from the strife-torn country agreed on a roadmap to form a unity government. The UN’s envoy […]
Spainish Patriot air defense missiles have been deployed in the southern Turkish province of Adana, as part of Turkey’s request for NATO assistance on the country’s border with Syria, the head of the Spanish unit in Turkey said on Jan. 26. The battery commander of the Spanish Patriot air defense missile system, Captain Luis Burgos […]
Pakistani authorities have arrested at least 9,000 suspected militants, including over 3,000 clerics, as part of a massive crackdown launched by security forces on militants and their sympathisers. The arrests were part of the National Action Plan (NAP) to eliminate militancy after Taliban last month attacked a school and killed 136 students. Up to 3,100 […]
Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group entirely out of a key Syrian town on Monday, marking a major defeat for the extremists whose hopes for an easy victory when they pushed into Kobane last year dissolved into a bloody, costly and months-long siege. As their victory neared, the Kurdish […]
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama today held talks on a range of crucial issues, including removing hurdles in operationalising the long-stalled civil nuclear agreement and enhancing ties in defence, trade and commerce and climate change. Officials said “progress has been made” on the nuclear issue and India was looking forward to “effectively” work with the US […]
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday told an audience in Davos that he would visit Nigeria “in a couple of days” as part of a Washington push to counter extremist groups, including Boko Haram. In an emotional speech on the horrors inflicted by extremist groups, Kerry said that in the fight against “terror”, there […]
US President Barack Obama will travel to India on Sunday for three days with First Lady Michelle Obama. “U.S. cooperation with India can significantly advance our interests in terms of promoting economic ties and increased exports to a growing market,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes in a conference call Wednesday night. Since Prime […]
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Thursday welcomed Bulgaria’s involvement in NATO’s new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces during a meeting with Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev in Sofia. NATO ended its combat mission in Afghanistan last December and replaced it with a non-combat mission of about 12,000 personnel.
The US condemned further violence in eastern Ukraine at a bus stop in Donetsk, Ukraine Thursday morning that claimed at least a dozen innocent lives, noted State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki to reporters. There is an investigation into the incident by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in which Psaki called on […]
Foreign leaders gathered in a cavernous mosque in the Saudi Arabian capital on Jan. 23 for the funeral of King Abdullah. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the leaders of Sudan and Ethiopia joined Gulf rulers for the funeral prayer at Riyadh’s Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque. Erdoğan said he […]
France on Friday deplored what it said was the “forced resignation” of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his Prime Minister Khaled Bahaa. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Yemenis should work for the unity of the country and the continuity of its institutions. Paris also called for the formation of a government […]
The shelling of a bus and clashes in Ukraine’s separatist east left 34 people dead on Thursday as Kiev was forced to abandon its defence of Donetsk’s airport in one of the deadliest days of the nine-month war. In the worst incident, 13 civilians died when shelling hit a trolleybus on Thursday morning in the […]