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EU Statement on Afghanistan Welcomed by Afghan Govt

EU Statement welcomed by Afghan govt

KABUL – The Afghan government on Friday welcomed the statement issued about Afghanistan by the Council of the European Union (EU) in which the bloc reaffirmed its political commitment to Afghanistan for peace, security and self-reliance. “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan welcomes a recent decision by the …

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EU Insists Coronavirus Vaccine be Available to All

EU insists coronavirus vaccine be available to all

BRUSSELS – The EU stated on Thursday that every coronavirus vaccine would be accessible equally to all countries after French drug giant Sanofi claimed it had booked first shipments for the US. “The vaccine against COVID-19 should be a global public good and its access needs to be equitable and …

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‘COVID-19 can Increase Migration to EU’

‘COVID-19 can increase migration to EU

ANKARA – The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) said Tuesday that the coronavirus pandemic would cause migration from low-income countries into the EU. In the medium term, people living in low-income countries with limited access to medical care may search for better opportunities in EU countries, according to an EASO …

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China, EU Join 19-Member Temporary Global Trade Dispute System

China, EU join

BEIJING – China has joined 18 other nations, including the European Union, Canada, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong, in introducing a transitional program of trade disputes at the World Trade Organization, with the agency’s arbitration body ceasing to work in December after the United States rejected the nomination of new …

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China Pressured EU to Drop COVID-19 Criticism


BEIJING – According to four outlets and media diplomatic communications, China tried to obstruct a European Union study accusing Beijing of spreading misinformation regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The EU study was postponed and then considerably changed with the attitude of China. The media released the report’s original edition, saying: “China …

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Merkel Warns Coronavirus Crisis is “Just the Start”

Merkel Warns

BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country should remain “smart and cautious” in dealing with the coronavirus crisis, because “this is not the final phase but it is only the beginning”. “We will be with her for a long time,” she warned the Parliament, before an EU video …

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European Countries Take Small Steps to Ease Lockdown Rules

European countries

BRUSSELS – After weeks of foreclosure, European countries have taken their first step to loosening the foreclosure restrictions, as pressure increases to revive economies. In Italy, the first EU state to be heavily affected by the virus, dozens of businesses were allowed to resume operations on Tuesday, including bookstores, stationery …

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Qureshi, French FM for Enhanced Cooperation to Control COVID 19


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a telephone conversation with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed in detail the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic as well as ways to strengthen cooperation to combat the spread of the disease. Expressing his deep concern at the loss of precious …

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