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US President Obama met with Palestinian counterpart Abbas at the White House

more The President held a one-on-one meeting, and then an expanded meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, read the President's opening remarks when they spoke to the press together afterwards: President Obama: Hello, everybody. Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome President Abbas to the Oval...

German Chancellor Merkel says "Europe must remain united"

more In the global financial crisis the European Union must stand united since it is only be by acting jointly that we will have the opportunity of influencing the international rules, declared Chancellor Angela Merkel in her keynote speech on European policy. "In a world with 6 billion people in total, 500 million people in Europe can make quite a...

Russian PM Putin met with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

more Alexander Lukashenko: Mr Putin, welcome to Belarus. There are some problems which we must discuss. They are primarily linked with the global financial crisis, which regrettably, has not bypassed us. It has come to us from the outside, but we have to deal with it. I hope we will also discuss a package of issues involving politics...

> more on May 29, 2009

China-US relations makes a "good start" in Obama administration, says Chinese VP

more The relationship between China and the United States has made a good start since President Barack Obama took office, said Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping here Wednesday during a meeting with John Kerry, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Xi cited the meeting of the two heads of state...

North Korea's nuclear test poses "a grave challenge to the international community", Japan PM Taro Aso says

more On Monday morning this week, North Korea announced that it had conducted a nuclear test. This is North Korea's second such test, following the one in October 2006. A nuclear test by North Korea is totally unacceptable, as it constitutes a grave threat to Japan's security as well as seriously undermines the peace...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at the Knesset Special Session

more Today, for the first time in all our lives, the Arab governments – or most of them in any event – recognize that they face the same threat as Israel. On the eve of my visit to Washington, it was clear to me that the most important mission at that moment was to reach agreements with the new president of the United...

> more on May 28, 2009

US Defense Secretary Gates decries "Fear-Mongering" in Guantanamo debate

more "Fear-mongering" is clouding the national debate about closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday. During an NBC-TV interview that aired Memorial Day, Gates spoke about the closing of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility, the Taliban’s presence in Afghanistan and relations...

UN Secretary-General gravely concerned at recent Fighting in North Darfur

more The Secretary-General is gravely concerned by recent fighting between Government forces and the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), in the area of Umm Baru, North Darfur. Noting that this clash was reportedly initiated by the JEM, the Secretary-General condemns such military action, which puts civilian lives directly...

Dalai Lama’s visit should have no impact on our relations with China, France says

more The Dalai Lama is making a European tour that will take him to Denmark, Iceland, the Netherlands and France. He will be in the French capital to receive the title of honorary citizen of the city of Paris, which he was awarded in 2008. This initiative was taken independently by the City of Paris. As for relations between France and China...

> more on May 27, 2009

US President, Top US Military denounce North Korean Nuclear Test

more The president and the nation’s top military officer today denounced North Korea's claim that it carried out a powerful underground nuclear test, much larger than previous such tests, to “bolster its nuclear deterrent for self-defense." "North Korea's nuclear ballistic missile programs pose a great threat to the peace and...

First Pakistan-Iran-Afghanistan Trilateral Summit held in Tehran

more First Summit of Presidents of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran was held in Tehran today within the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran trilateral framework. Presidents Asif Ali Zardari, Hamid Karzai and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had met earlier in Tehran in March on the sidelines of the Tenth ECO Summit, and instituted this trilateral...

Russia MFA Spokesman Nesterenko on National Security Strategy to 2020

more The National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation to 2020 has been crafted pursuant to the instruction of President Dmitry Medvedev of June 4, 2008, to the interagency working group in the framework of the Interagency Commission of the Security Council of the Russian Federation on strategic planning issues...

> more on May 26, 2009

India as a responsible power, new FM Shri Krishna detailed his top priorities

more In the coming years under the stewardship of PM Shri Manmohan Singh, it will be my endeavour to further advance our interest in the international arena. Our primary objective is to sustain high rates of economic growth in the range of 9 to 10% during the coming decades. For that, we require peace and tranquility in our...

Government, rebel atrocities uprooting civilians in eastern DR Congo, UN says

more Growing reports of atrocities committed against civilians – by both Government troops and rebel groups – in the war-torn east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) continue to drive people from their homes, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) said today. Harassment, human rights abuses, rape...

US conducting High-Level Strategic Review of Somalia Strategy

more In Somalia, the US government is determined to support the policy of political reconciliation spearheaded by the beleaguered Transitional Federal Government (TFG), Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told Congress May 20. Speaking two weeks after his confirmation by the Senate, Carson told the...

> more on May 25, 2009

US President Obama's remarks on National Security: "Security and Values"

more For the first time since 2002, we're providing the necessary resources and strategic direction to take the fight to the extremists who attacked us on 9/11 in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We're investing in the 21st century military and intelligence capabilities that will allow us to stay one step ahead of a nimble enemy. We have...

Japan PM Aso's speech on "Overcoming the Economic Crisis to Rekindle a Rapidly Developing Asia"

more As you are well aware, the global situation, particularly the economic situation, has changed completely since that time. We are now in the midst of an economic and financial crisis said to occur once a century. Unfortunately, Asia has been no exception to this. While the economies of Asia boasted an average rate of...

Address of UN Secretary-General Ki-Moon at SAIS on"Global Leadership in a Time of Crisis"

more Climate change threatens our way of life. Planet Earth is warming much faster than everybody may think. Every day, it seems, scientists find that their worst-case scenarios have become more likely scenarios ? and the time-line for action grows shorter. As the current flu epidemic proves, “transnational threats” are no...

> more on May 22, 2009

New Strategy treats Afghanistan, Pakistan as Integrated Theater; Pentagon says

more The new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan treats the area as an integrated theater of operations, the Defense Department’s policy chief said today. Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, spoke of the Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy, dangers from Iran and detainees during a wide-ranging interview with...

Report of French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner’s visit to Afghanistan

more Bernard Kouchner visited Afghanistan on May 14-16, 2009. The visit aimed to reaffirm the strength of France’s commitment in Afghanistan as well as to evaluate, together with the authorities and all of the political leaders and representatives of civil society, the opportunities and challenges facing Afghanistan ahead of an...

South Korean President Lee stresses stronger ties with ASEAN in interview

more President Lee Myung-bak underlined stronger ties with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). “This year we declared a new Asian diplomacy, with a plan to further enhance ties with neighboring Asian nations in various sectors, beyond that of economic cooperation,” President Lee said. He especially...

> more on May 21, 2009

MI5: Review of 7/7 intelligence concerning the London terrorist attacks published (UK)

more Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has published a review of intelligence concerning the London terrorist attacks of 7 July 2005. The review was carried out as part of a lengthy and detailed investigation by the ISC to determine whether the attacks could have been prevented in the light of what was known at the...

Remarks of Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Leon E. Panetta, at the Pacific Council on International Policy

more I think no one has missed the lead story in the New York Times this morning about Pakistan adding to its nuclear arsenal. I think probably as bad a nightmare as what could happen with Iran might be a worse nightmare right now is what could happen in Pakistan if that state should fail. And I know that the Obama...

China, Brazil issue joint communique to boost strategic partnership

more China and Brazil issued a joint communique on Tuesday to boost their strategic partnership as Brazilian president visited Beijing. Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva agreed that both countries have enjoyed fruitful cooperation since forging diplomatic ties 35 years ago, the communique...

> more on May 20, 2009

Russia: “Crisis in Relations with the West: What Kind of Crisis?”by FM Lavrov

more Overall, we are gratified by the outcome of the Group of Twenty London summit. Its decisions develop the Washington agreements of last year and focus on achieving practical results in overcoming the crisis and “resetting” the world economy. Russia will continue to be actively involved in this endeavor. In particular...

Sri Lanka announced LTTE has been wiped out from Lankan soil

more Bringing the 30 year cruel war to an end, the troops militarily defeated the LTTE with all its leaders being killed this morning. The news of the defeat of the LTTE, with its’ three top leaders being shot dead, while fleeing in a vehicle this morning, brought a sigh of relief to the entire nation. Early today, the masses were jubilant when...

Libyan leader received a missive from French president Nicolas Sarkozy

more The leader of the Revolution , Chairman of African Union received Sunday afternoon the French Defense Minister, Herve Morin and accompanying delegation currently visiting Jamahiriya to participate in the Defense Ministers' meeting (5+5) Dialogue held Sunday in Tripoli. The French Defense Minister delivered a missive to...

> more on May 19, 2009

US President Obama to stress Two-State Solution with Israeli PM Netanyahu

more President Obama will welcome newly elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House May 18, beginning the first of three separate high-stakes consultations to refocus the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. After meeting with Netanyahu, Obama is scheduled to meet with Egyptian President Hosni...

Press Conference by UN Preparatory Committee Chairman for 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference

more Delegates at the just-concluded Third Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference today adopted an agenda and reportfor the 2010 summit -- a “good omen” that reflected encouraging political realities and a fresh, cooperative spirit, which had eluded past meetings, Committee...

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on political violence in Yemen

more The European Union reaffirms its support for a unified, stable and democratic Yemen and, in this context, is very concerned about reports of recent incidents of political violence in the South and elsewhere in Yemen, which have already caused a number of casualties. The European Union calls upon all sides to exercise restraint...

> more on May 18, 2009

China reaffirms support for Pakistan’s Security and Economic Development

more China has reaffirmed strong support for Pakistan’s security and economic development. This was conveyed by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi when Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir called on him in Beijing today. The Foreign Secretary underscored the strong commitment of the democratic leadership...

China, US held vice ministerial level consultations on ties, other issues

more China and the United States on Wednesday held political consultations at the vice foreign ministerial level on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of mutual concern. The consultations were held between visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg...

Security Council unveiled a Three-Phased Approach to Stability on in Somalia

more The international community had a “unique opportunity” to help the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia establish peace and security, speakers emphasized today as the Security Council heard a series of briefings on the situation in that country by senior United Nations officials. B. Lynn Pascoe, Under...

> more on May 14, 2009

United States concentrated on Diplomatic Action to fight against Piracy

more The United States has taken a leading role in the Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, highlighting our commitment to joining with our international partners to meet the shared security challenge posed by piracy’s negative impact on maritime safety, global commerce, humanitarian aid delivery to...

US Senator Casey worried about the Security of Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal

more “Pakistan is so urgent to our national security not just because today it serves as the headquarters for Al Qaeda leadership still planning terrorist attacks upon the United States,” said Senator Casey. “It also matters because of the 60 to 100 nuclear warheads maintained by Pakistan. If Taliban militants make further gains...

Russian FM Lavrov answers interview after visit to the Washington

more There is the achievement of results which are desirable to us. The US continues to review many lines of its policy. This concerns strategic offensive arms and missile defense and Middle East settlement. Although where the Middle East is concerned, the positions outlined during the UN Security Council meeting...

> more on May 13, 2009

Iranian FM Mottaki said "steps will be taken appropriate with US moves"

more Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here Monday night if Washington would take practical steps towards Iran proving that its policies have really been changed, we, too, would take new steps towards US government. According to IRNA, the Information and Media Bureau of the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

Defense Secretary Gates recommends McChrystal as new US commander in Afghanistan

more US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today recommended Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to replace Army Gen. David D. McKiernan as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, citing the need for fresh leadership as the U.S. takes a new approach to the region. Gates recommended that McChrystal...

UN Security Council joint statement on Sri Lanka's crisis, fear of humanitarian disaster

more UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband, together with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger commented on the situation in Sri Lanka during the UN Security Council meeting on Monday 11 May. We've discussed first of all the crisis inside the so-called No Fire Zone...

> more on May 12, 2009

US Amb. to the UN Rice on the Middle East, in the Security Council

more Our meeting today underscores the priority that the international community places on achieving a secure, comprehensive, and lasting peace in the Middle East. That includes a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security. The United States has...

Interview by Israeli Foreign Minister Liberman to the Jerusalem Post

more The real reason for the deadlock with the Palestinians is not occupation, not settlements and not settlers. This conflict is really a very deep conflict. First of all, we must understand why the Palestinian issue is deadlocked, because since 1993 we really made every effort. We had very dovish governments We can start with...

UN Security Council deplores renewed incursions in eastern Chad

more The Security Council today condemned the renewed military incursions in eastern Chad, where the United Nations says ongoing clashes are hindering efforts to assist hundreds of thousands of civilians taking refuge in the area. In a statement read by Ambassador Vitaly Churkin of Russia, which holds the Council's...

> more on May 11, 2009

EU and China call for Doha deal, closer economic cooperation

more The European Union and China have today called for an early and successful conclusion to the Doha Round of world trade talks, and pledged their commitment to closer cooperation to keep trade and investment flowing in the economic downturn. EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton and Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan...

NATO Military Committee concludes two days meetings in Brussels

more Chiefs of Defence (CHODs) from more than 40 countries, together with NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Operations and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation, attended the NATO Military Committee Spring Meetings in their various sessions over 6 and 7 May, chaired by Admiral...

Eastern Partnership Summit: Natural dimension of EU foreign policy

more President of the European Council Mirek Topolánek and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso launched the Prague Eastern Partnership summit this afternoon. The twenty-seven EU Member States want to use this partnership to strengthen their cooperation with six former Soviet Union countries. The Czech...

> more on May 8, 2009

MEPs condemn grave violations of human rights following elections in Moldova

more MEPs strongly condemn the massive campaign of harassment, grave violations of human rights and all other illegal actions carried out by the Moldovan Government in the aftermath of the parliamentary elections. MEPs call for a special investigation to be conducted into the cases of those who died during the demonstrations and urge the Council to consider...

UN Secretary-General Ban warns against attempts to destabilize eastern Chad

more Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today warned against any attempts to destabilize eastern Chad, where United Nations aid agencies say mounting insecurity could threaten the delivery of aid to over 400,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). Mr. Ban is following developments in eastern Chad with “increasing concern,” his spokesperson said...

Al-Assad of Syria and Ahmadinejad of Iran held discussions, followed by a press conference

more At the beginning of the conference, President al-Assad welcomed the visit of President Ahmadinejad saying, "We are meeting today in light of international and regional radical changes that took place during the time between the last Summit held in Tehran, since nine months, and the current Summit in Damascus. The international radical changes..."

> more on May 7, 2009

Iran, Pakistan study security measures in joint borders

more Iranian and Pakistani officials on Wednesday studied measures to ensure security in the joint border between the two countries. The meeting was held in Zahedan in presence of Pakistani Ambassador to Iran Muhammed Bux Abbasi and governor general of the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Balouchestan Ali-Mohammad Azad. The ambassador...

EU and China to hold high-level economic and trade talks

more The European Commission and the Chinese government will tomorrow continue their close working relationship with high-level economic and trade talks in Brussels. EU Trade Commissioner Catherine Ashton and Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan will chair the second meeting of the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue (HED). A further eight...

Climate of mistrust threatening Nepal’s peace process, says top UN envoy

more All parties in Nepal must work urgently to rebuild trust and achieve consensus, the top United Nations official in the country said today, warning that the crisis sparked by the Prime Minister’s resignation threatens the gains made so far in the peace process. “This is a volatile moment in Nepal’s peace process,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s...

> more on May 6, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speech at AIPAC

more It’s very good to be with all of you, and I want to thank all of you. I want to thank first the members of Congress who are assembled there, the leaders of AIPAC, you David, Howard Friedman, Lee Rosenberg and Howard Kohr, all the delegates of AIPAC and the hundreds of students that are in the room, all the friends of Israel. I want to thank all of you...

UN chief applauds pact to ease tensions between Chad and Sudan

more UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement signed between Chad and Sudan over the weekend, expressing the hope that it will ease the strain between the bordering African nations. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban called on the two Governments to work towards fully implementing the accord signed...

US Senator Lugar issued a Floor Statement for renewed Pakistan Legislation and Aid

more Senators Biden and Kerry and I have worked closely over the past year with the State Department, USAID, the Defense Department, and the National Security Council to craft this legislation. On March 27 of this year, President Obama announced a comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. In his speech he called on Congress "to pass a...

> more on May 5, 2009

PM's Press Conference at the launch of the White Paper of the Australian Defense Ministry

more PM: Now it’s time for ladies and gentlemen of the press to ask any questions they would like. Any easy question I will take, any difficult questions will be taken by those behind me. Any questions involving any level of insubordination (inaudible). Those people will (inaudible) Journalist: If the Government and Department fail to make the savings that you’ve envisaged...

Terrorist Attacks fell 18 percent in 2008, US State Department Report says

more The number of terrorism attacks worldwide in 2008 fell 18 percent from 2007 levels, and the number of deaths from attacks last year fell 30 percent from 2007, the State Department reported in its latest annual report on terrorism. “Al-Qaida and associated networks continued to lose ground, both structurally and in the court of world opinion, but...

Russian on NATO’s remarks concerning agreements with South Ossetia and Abkhazia

more Moscow has taken notice of the remarks of the NATO spokesman alleging that the agreements signed today on joint efforts to guard the borders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia are a violation of certain truce agreements. That statement evokes surprise because Russia has signed no truce agreements with anyone in this region. During the course of all...

> more on May 4, 2009

Extending Sudan mission, Security Council urges bolstering of north-south peace

more The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) for another year, urging all parties to fully comply with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended a 21-year civil war between north and south Sudan. In a resolution passed unanimously, the 15-member body underscored the...

US expresses concern over Russian Agreement with Abkhaz and South Ossetian Separatists

more This action contravenes Russia’s commitments under the August 12 ceasefire agreement brokered by French President Nicolas Sarkozy between Russia and Georgia, and violates Georgia’s territorial integrity. We call on Russia to honor its commitments under the August 12 and September 8 ceasefire agreements. This includes removing its troops to positions...

Greek FM on “The Macedonian issue and Bulgaria - Classified documents 1950-1967”

more The issues that have troubled the region and its peoples in the past – issues that do not constitute real unbridgeable differences, but were nonetheless exploited by third parties seeking to further their interests. Unfortunately, we the peoples of this region often tolerated such interventions. In my view, the Macedonian issue is one such issue. The book we are...

> more on May 1, 2009

Sudanese Government rejects any Foreign Intervention in Darfur and regards ICC move as Conspiracy

more The Minister of Information and Communication government spokesman, Al-Zahawi Ibrahim Malik, has reiterated Sudan rejection to any allegations of the International Criminal Court. The Minister of Information and Communication government spokesman, Al-Zahawi Ibrahim Malik, has reiterated Sudan rejection to any allegations...

Chinese leader Hu Jintao met with Former French President Chirac amid tensions

more On the afternoon of April 28, 2009, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with former French President Jacques Chirac at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. Both sides held talks in a cordial and friendly atmosphere. Hu praised Chirac as an old friend deeply respected by the Chinese people. Whether during his term as president or after leaving office, Chirac has...

One cannot accept the view that the Arctic is a potential conflict zone, Russia says

more The work of the Arctic Council under Norwegian chairmanship has been constructive and fruitful. We managed to complete a number of large-scale projects. I refer, in particular, to the Oil and Gas Assessment, Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment and The Economy of the North. Let me congratulate you, Mr. Store, on these important...

> more on April 30, 2009

Press Conference following Plenary Meeting of Russia-EU Permanent Partnership Council

more We consider that collaboration between Russia and the EU on global financial and economic crisis-related problems is evolving very successfully. This collaboration was conducive to achieving concrete results during the G20 summit in London on April 2. We are convinced that the extent to which Europe is able to advance in tackling the tasks facing it and continue...

EU, China urged to enhance cooperation against global financial crisis

more Senior officials and scholars from the European Union (EU) and China held a conference here, urging the two sides to enhance cooperation dedicated to seeking a global solution to the financial crisis. "After the financial crisis hit us, we stood closer, supported each other and worked together for an early recovery of our economy and that of the world. We...

Remarks by US President Obama to FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) Employees

more So much has changed in the last 100 years. And part of what makes the FBI so unique is its ability to adapt to an ever-changing world. Back in 1908, even the most imaginative of minds would have struggled to anticipate all of the challenges that would confront the Bureau -- from bank-robbers to bootleggers; from hate crimes to white-collar criminals...

> more on April 29, 2009

 

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