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Iraqi FM and Turkish Prime Minister agree to cooperate on PKK's activities

Prime Minister Erdogan received Iraq's Foreign Minister Zebari. At the beginning of the meeting, Foreign Minister presented the Iraq's government and leadership condolences on the occasion of the death of his mother and wished him patience. The Iraqi Foreign Minister presented for the Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmed Dawood Oglu results...

UN chief concerned over Israel's plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the continuing planning for new Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, stressing that the recent developments in that regard are unacceptable, particularly as efforts are ongoing to resume talks under the Middle East Peace Process. Planning for new settlements run...

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China-U.S. Relations and China's Role in the World

Ambassador Zhang Yesui delivered a speech at the Harvard Kennedy School. "It is fair to say that China-US relationship has evolved to such a point that would surprise...

Plot against Saudi Arabian Ambassador a flagrant violation of law, Obama says

President Obama called Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia to express the solidarity of the United States and Saudi Arabia in the face of the disrupted plot...

European Commission recommends granting EU candidate status to Serbia

Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic said that the opinion of the European Commission (EC) on Serbia's candidacy for membership in the EU recognises the efforts...

Thailand and Russia to promote cooperation on trade and investment

On 7 October 2011, Mr. Alexander Mariyasov, Russian Ambassador to Thailand, paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul...

Israeli PM Netanyahu willing to meet PA Chairman Abbas

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke with Baroness Catherine Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. PM Netanyahu...

President Hu calls for peaceful reunification of China

Chinese President Hu Jintao called for the peaceful reunification of China, which he said best serves the fundamental interests of all Chinese, including Taiwan...

Poland aims to strengthen the external dimension of EU energy policy

Poland became a participant in the Energy Community (EC), established to provide increased energy supply security and energy investment in EC member...

ISAF Ministers pledge support to Afghanistan beyond 2014

Defence Ministers of the 49 nations which contribute to ISAF expressed strong commitment to support Afghanistan throughout the transition process and well...

France expects action from Iran on nuclear program

A statement released by the MFA reads that Iran has not responded to the various proposals for co-operation and dialogue that we have put forward and...

Defense Secretary Panetta details NATO successes, challenges in Brussels

As it nears the end of a successful campaign in Libya and deliberately accomplishes shared goals in Afghanistan, NATO faces several difficult challenges, Defense...

Agreement on U.S ships in Spain in support of NATO's missile defence system

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen explains this agreement marks an important step forward in our common efforts to defend NATO...

Russia and China veto draft Security Council resolution on Syria

China and Russia today vetoed a draft resolution in the Security Council that had strongly condemned Syrian authorities for their violent crackdown against pro...

Egypt is making good progress on transition, Panetta says

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said that he has full confidence in Egypt's ability to transform itself to a civilian-led democracy following 26 years of being ruled under...

The West targets Syria due to its pan-Arab stances, Iranian official says

Syrian Speaker of the People's Assembly, Mahmoud al-Abrash, discussed with Iranian Parliament Speaker, Ali Larijani, means of enhancing bilateral relations...

Violence must cease in Yemen, watchful France reiterates

France is keeping watch to ensure that the Security Council continues to monitor the situation attentively, and will speak up again should there be any increase...

European Commission notes progress in Ukraine-EU cooperation

European Commission notes the progress in Ukraine-EU cooperation. It has been stated by the President in his interview to Ukrainian journalists in Warsaw...

Knowledge is the key to understanding the changes in the Arctic, Norway says

"Through our knowledge, our presence and our activities here in these regions we aim to address the challenges and opportunities ahead," FM Jonas Store...

Chinese leaders applaud successful launch of space module Tiangong-1

President Hu Jintao applauded the successful launch of China's first space lab module Tiangong-1, and shook hands with the staff of the Beijing Aerospace Flight...

German FM Westerwelle urges UN resolution on Syria

In the light of escalating violence in Syria, Foreign Minister Westerwelle considers a corresponding UN Security Council resolution long overdue. "The...

Barroso warns of dangers of fragmented Europe in 2011 Address

"We are now facing the greatest challenge our Union has ever known throughout its history,” he said, referring to the continuing economic crisis. The EU must renew...

European Parliament concerned at Turkey's threats towards Cyprus

In debate, MEPs were united in their concern at the rising tensions between Turkey and the Republic of Cyprus in the dispute over oil and gas exploration...

North Korea calls for dialogue with U.S. on de-nuclearizing peninsula

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) called at the United Nations for a full-fledged dialogue with the United States and warned that reunification...

China's Politburo meets to discuss cultural reforms

The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a meeting to study a proposal on the country's cultural reforms, according...

India cannot watch with complacency the growing turmoil in Afghanistan

Some recent violent incidents in Afghanistan have come as a sharp reminder of the fragility of the situation in that country. Earlier this month, the Taliban were able to...

Significant progress is achieved in course of Ukrainian-Russian negotiations

In course of the meeting between Ukrainian President Yanukovych, Russian President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin held in Residence "Rus" in...

European Council bans investment in Syrian oil industry

In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria, the Council reinforced EU sanctions against the country's regime and banned investment in key sectors of the Syrian oil...

China, Russia pledge to further military cooperation

High-ranking military officials from China and Russia held talks, pledging to further step up bilateral military cooperation between the two countries. During an...

There is only one China in the world, and Taiwan is part of China, MFA affirms

Spokesperson Ma Zhaoxu's enunciated China's solemn position on the U.S. Government's announcement of arms sales to Taiwan. Despite repeated solemn...

Debt is biggest threat to National Security, Chairman Mullen says

Looming budget reductions are the biggest threat to the United States' national security, said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "I've said many times...

U.S. arms sale to Taiwan creates "severe obstacles", China says

China said the latest U.S. arms sale created severe obstacles for the normal military-to-military exchanges of the two countries. Chinese Defense...

EU+3 noted with grave concern Iran's installation of centrifuges in its facility near Qom

The group remains determined and united in our efforts to work towards a comprehensive, negotiated, longterm solution; involving the full implementation...

World's countries pledge support for Libyan transition at UN summit

A United Nations summit in support of Libya backed the transition plans of the country’s new authorities and pledged their ongoing support to help the North African...

Russia's State Duma is likely to ratify customs cooperation with South Ossetia

The Agreement is aimed at strengthening customs cooperation and joint efforts against customs violations, as well as facilitating passenger and cargo traffic...

Cameron and Sarkozy visit Libya to offer support to new government

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Nicolas Sarkozy today met with members of the National Transitional Council (NTC). Both are the most senior Western...

The U.S.-Australia alliance is an anchor of stability, security and prosperity in the world

Top officials from the two countries came to San Francisco to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the alliance. They reaffirm that the ANZUS Treaty serves...

Taliban losing ability to attack broadly, Defense Secretary Panetta says

Insurgent attacks like the one at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul indicate the Taliban are losing their ability to attack coalition...

U.S. has an enduring commitment to supporting the Libyan people as they chart their own future

Assistant Secretary Jeffrey D. Feltman said his country want to build a broad relationship with Libya based on mutual respect and shared interests. Those...

U.S. Intelligence Chiefs say Al-Qaida weaker but still committed

Ten years after 9/11, al-Qaida is weaker and the U.S. intelligence community is more effective, the nation’s top intelligence officials told Congress today...

Alliance with the U.S. remains at the cornerstone of Japanese diplomacy

In his Policy Speech, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda briefly summarized what Japan's Foreign Policy would be under his government. He explained that...

Russian-British talks begin, Prime Minister David Cameron is in Moscow

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Cameron signed a number of documents following their talks, including a declaration on a knowledge-based...

China renews rejection of any pressure on Syria

China renewed rejection of any pressures on Syria, saying "the crisis should be solved through dialogue and consultations instead of pressures. Increasing...

Israel will continue to adhere to the peace treaty with Egypt

Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu expressed gratitude to President Barack Obama, and cited also the intervention of the Egyptian Commandos which...

GCC renews its commitment to support stability and security of Bahrain

The Council of Ministers of the GCC renewed its commitment to support stability and security of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and supported the wise steps...

Al-Qaeda weakened, but still poses threat, Panetta says

The terrorist attacks of a decade ago have in some ways strengthened the United States, and operations against al-Qaida have left it much less capable...

The focus must be on winning the peace in Libya, Stoltenberg says

First, the Libyans must own and lead the process. It is of paramount importance that the coming political process in Libya is genuinely inclusive. Mr...

China, New Zealand pledge to strengthen military cooperation

China and New Zealand pledged to strengthen military cooperation during talks between Chen Bingde, chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation...

Relations between India and Bangladesh enjoy our highest priority, Singh says

"There is a national consensus in India that India must develop the best possible relations with Bangladesh," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said. According...

Thailand's Foreign Ministry reaffirms Koh Kut under Thai sovereignty

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirms that Koh Kut is under Thai sovereignty. The 1907 Treaty between Siam and France clearly stated that the...

Noda cabinet will develop the strategic relationship of mutual benefit with China

In a first press conference as Japan's Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda says he "will make every effort to build relations of goodwill not only between...


No military viewpoint imposed on Afghanistan analysts, CIA director says

"An Associated Press article published today presents an inaccurate picture of my thoughts on the CIA's Afghanistan analysis," Director Petraeus said. "The article asserts...

Putin is an old friend of the Chinese People, President Hu says

President Hu Jintao met Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Wednesday in Beijing to exchange views on the development of the strategic relations of cooperation and...

UK Government announces funding of counter-piracy projects

Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham has announced funding plans demonstrating the Government's determination to deliver action in response to the...

EU reinforces restrictive measures concerning Belarus

The Council reinforced the restrictive measures on those responsible for the continuing repression of civil society, the political opposition and the independent media...

Security in Yemen deteriorating dramatically, UN envoy warns UNSC

The top United Nations official on Yemen briefed the Security Council on the "very serious" situation inside the country as violent clashes continue between supporters...

Putin focuses on innovation in Russia's defense industry

"We intend to spend some 20% of the funding on research and development," Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced as he detailed priorities for the 2011...

"Total liberation of Libya is getting closer," he said

Tunisian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Radhouane Nouicer conferred with Libya's National Transition Council (NTC) vice-president Abdelhafidh Al-Ghouga...

NATO Ministers determined to pursue operation in Libya as long as threats persist

They affirmed that the time for terminating Operation Unified Protector is approaching but that the mission is not over yet. “It is clear that the end is in sight...

Relations between Russia and Abkhazia are on the rise

Talks between President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev and President of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab took place in the Kremlin. The two...

Veto of UNSC action defends Syria's sovereignty and integrity, Russia says

The situation in Syria cannot be considered in the Security Council in isolation from the Libyan experience, Russian Representative Vitaly Churkin says...

IMF calls for "strong action" to restore growth in Europe

Implementation of comprehensive and bold policy action will help restore Europe’s recovery, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in its latest...

Afghanistan and India engage in closer cooperation with strategic partnership

The two countries notably agree to establish a Strategic Dialogue to provide a framework for cooperation in the area of national security. The Dialogue will be led...

Prime Minister Putin proposes a new integration project for Eurasia

As the Common Economic Space of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan (CES), will kick off on January 1, 2012, the Russian leader admits the road to this milestone...

Russian economy is picking up steam, Prime Minister Putin says

During a meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller, PM Vladimir Putin said "the latest data show that the consumption of energy, including gas, in Russia...

The Eastern Partnership must be significantly strengthened and implemented

Eastern Partnership participants have met in Warsaw. They agree agree to strengthen cooperation in areas related to freedom, security and justice, and...

Australia's role in the Asian Century defined in a White Paper

Prime Minister Gillard announced this week the commissioning of a landmark White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century, a national blueprint for change...

UN envoy urges Afghans to seize opportunity for dialogue, despite recent setbacks

The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan stressed the need to seize the window of opportunity for dialogue and reconciliation that exists, despite the recent...

European crisis measures to be extended until end of 2013

A resolution proposing to extend European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) crisis measures until the end of 2013 was passed by Parliament on...

China advocates exploring outer space for peaceful purposes

A Defense Ministry spokesman reiterated China's stance regarding the exploration of outer space, stating that the country wishes to explore space for peaceful purposes...

U.S. arms sale to Taiwan will disrupt military exchanges, joint drills

A Chinese defense official said the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan will disrupt China-U.S. military exchanges and joint drills. "In light of the serious...

EU builds the SPRING programme as a response to the Arab Spring

The Support to Partnership, Reform and Inclusive Growth – the SPRING Programme, adopted today - directly responds to the events of the Arab Spring. Initiatives...

29 countries have launched a new multilateral organisation to fight terrorism

Speaking at the launch in New York on Thursday, the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the new group would become “a counter-terrorism network...

South Korean President Lee urges denuclearization of North Korea

At a meeting of the UNGA, Lee urged North Korea to give up its nuclear program and come forward to the international community. He expressed his hope...

Challenges faced by Libya's interim leaders are many, says UN political chief

While life in the Libyan capital appears to be returning to normal, the interim authorities face numerous challenges as they seek to restore stability, including...

Negotiations the only path to Middle East peace, Israeli leader says

Lasting peace in the Middle East will only be achieved through direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and not through the imposition...

Security Council urges end to violence and attacks against civilians in Yemen

The Security Council has urged all sides in Yemen to refrain from violence, including attacks against unarmed and peaceful civilian demonstrators, and called...

Arab Spring can be opportunity to institutionalize positive change, Jordanian King says

King Abdullah said the Arab Spring can be an opportunity to institutionalize positive change that is necessary for a strong, secure, prosperous future...

Palestine should become observer State at UN as an intermediate step, France says

Palestine should become an observer State at the United Nations as an intermediate step towards becoming a full Member State, French President Sarkozy...

NATO extends security mission in Libya to protect civilians

Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO's North Atlantic Council decided today to extend the mandate of Operation Unified Protector...

Palestinian leader updates UN General Assembly chief as statehood bid nears

At that meeting Mr. Abbas informed Mr. Ban that he would present him with a letter requesting all UN Member States to support the full membership...

France welcomes the formation of a Syrian National Council

The MFA declared that "All initiatives aimed at unifying the opposition and which offer the prospect of a democratic Syria that respects all of its citizens are helpful...

Yemen on the verge of a humanitarian disaster, UNICEF warns

Yemen remains on the verge of a humanitarian disaster, with rates of malnutrition that are among the highest in the world especially among children in...

NATO undeterred by Insurgent Attacks, British army Maj. Gen. Tim Evans says

"We're not going to abandon Afghanistan," said British army Maj. Gen. Tim Evans, chief of staff for the International Joint Command headquarters. "And...

Core Al Qaeda is under growing strain, CIA Director Petraeus testifies

Heavy losses to al-Qaeda's senior leadership appear to have created an important window of vulnerability although the terrorist networks remains the...

France pushes for an international commission of inquiry on Syria

The appointment on the 12th of September in Geneva by the President of the Human Rights Council of the members of the international commission of inquiry...

DHS is committed to reducing cyberthreats posed to the Banking and Finance Sector

Cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure and services endanger their confidentiality, integrity and availability, Homeland Security official Greg Schaffer...

U.S. and Romania signed the Ballistic Missile Defense Agreement

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Romania’s Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi signed the Agreement between the Government of the United States of...

Russia will back any Palestinian UN bid to achieve statehood

"We will, of course, vote for any of the Palestinian proposals. But I must say that we did not push them toward this," Russia’s Permanent representative to...

Holder, Napolitano, Clapper write "We're safer post-9/11"

In an Op-Ed which was published on the website of USA Today on Thursday, top security and justice officials write the U.S. has continued to...

UN Member States report further violation by Iran of 2006 nuclear programme sanctions

The head of the Security Council committee set up to monitor and enforce sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear programme said it had received...

"I am neither an optimist nor a pessimist," Petraeus tells CIA

"I'm a realist," David H. Petraeus said in his first remarks as Director of the CIA. "We don't do the President any favors unless we give him the clearest picture...

Italy is a strong advocate of Kosovo's European perspective

In a long meeting, Italian FM Franco Frattini and his Kosovo counterpart Enver Hoxhaj talked about the opportunities to strengthen the bilateral coop...

Europe and Australia have shared futures in the 21st century

The modern links between the peoples of Europe and Australia are deep and well-known. 70 per cent of Australians have European ancestry...

German foreign policy is peace policy, FM Guido Westerwelle says

The Foreign Minister reminded his ministry's colleagues that the preamble to the Basic Law explicitly charges (them) "to promote world peace...

Ban Ki-moon says mass arrests of protesters not consistent with serious reform in Syria

The UN Secretary-General is following with deep concern the escalating violence against peaceful protesters in Syria. He calls on the Syrian...

India and the United States share a common vision for the 21st century

Speaking for the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says her country is betting on India's future. "We are betting that the opening...

Ban and Security Council condemn attacks on embassies in Syria

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attacks against embassies in the Syrian capital...

Yemeni President sees relation between al-Qaeda and extremist leaders of opposition

The presidential mosque crime was one chapter of a filthy game related to the relation between the al-Qaeda organization and extremist leaders...

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