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Russia Urges Gulf States to Form Common Security Mechanism

Russia

MOSCOW – Russia has urged the Gulf states to consider a common security mechanism for the region, said the country’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, adding that the time for unilateral action is over. “We have suggested to the Gulf countries to think about collective security mechanisms … starting …

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Iranian FM Zarif Meets India’s Top Security Official

Zarif

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met and held talks with Indian national security adviser Ajit Doval on Wednesday. The Iranian foreign ministry announced that the meeting had been “private”, without providing further details. The Iranian minister arrived in India on Tuesday to participate in the Raisina Dialogue …

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Haftar Leaves Moscow Without Signing Peace Deal

Haftar

MOSCOW – Attempts to broker a ceasefire between the sides to the Libyan conflict have failed in Russia, Moscow has confirmed, as the head of rebel forces in Libya leaves the peace talks. Russia and Turkey have been trying to broker a halt to fighting between the Libyan government and …

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Erdogan to Travel to Germany for Talks in Libya on January 19

Erdogan

ANKARA – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to pay a day trip to Berlin on January 19 to participate in the Berlin conference on Libya, the presidency announced on Monday. The Presidency did not provide further details of the trip. Erdogan’s planned visit, however, coincides with the day …

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King Abdullah of Jordan Warns Daesh Again

King Abdullah

PARIS – King Abdullah of Jordan warned on Monday that the Daesh group was regrouping and was increasing again in the Middle East. Months after last year’s ousting of ISIS from their last Syrian heist, Abdullah said that “his main concern is that over the past year we have seen …

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China, Iran Ministers Meet, Criticize ‘Bullying Practices’

Minister

BEIJING – China’s foreign minister denounced international “bullying practices” during his meeting with his Iranian counterpart on Tuesday in the country’s latest criticism of US foreign policy under the Trump administration. Wang Yi reaffirmed the strength of bilateral ties in his opening remarks at the start of talks with Mohammad …

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Russia Foiled Planned Terrorist Attacks in St. Petersburg

Russia

MOSCOW – Russia said that it had foiled planned terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg with a tip from Washington, President Vladimir Putin thanked personally his US counterpart Donald Trump. Russian news agencies quoted the Federal Security Service as saying that, according to this information, two Russians were arrested on December …

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Turkey to Send Troops to Libya at Tripoli’s Request: Erdogan

Erdogan

ANKARA – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said that Turkey will send troops to Libya at Tripoli’s invitation as early as next month, Reuters reported Friday. Libya’s internationally recognized National Accord (GNA) government in Tripoli has struggled to fight off the powers of General Khalifa Haftar, backed by Russia, …

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