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UN Adopts New Voting Procedure During COVID-19 Pandemic

UN adopts new voting procedure during COVID-19 pandemic

UNITED NATIONS – The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday adopted a new voting procedure for the upcoming election of new members of the Security Council aimed at preventing a large rally and ensuring social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of meeting in the horseshoe-shaped meeting room at …

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Iran, Turkey Call for Expanding Peace, Security

Iran, Turkey call for expanding peace, security

TEHRAN – The speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, and his Turkish counterpart, Mustafa Şentop, in a telephone conversation, called for lasting peace and security in the region. Friendly relations have always been established at the highest level between Iran and Turkey, said Qalibaf, adding: “The Iranian parliament …

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UNSC is ‘Ineffective’ in Combating Coronavirus: Turkey

UNSC is 'ineffective' in combating coronavirus says Turkey

UNITED NATIONS – The UN Security Council (UNSC) was “ineffective” in this battle as the world is in an uphill battle against the novel coronavirus, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said on Tuesday. “Months have passed since the outbreak of the pandemic and a joint resolution has yet to …

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Iran, Pakistan, China, Russia Discuss Peace in Afghanistan

Iran, Pakistan, China Russia Discuss Peace in Afghanistan

KABUL – In the four-party video conference on Monday, May 18, the Iranian, Pakistani, Chinese and Russian special representatives for Afghanistan talked about the current conditions and the process of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Participants in the online meeting issued a joint communiqué reflecting the results of the negotiations, …

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Political Tensions Threaten to Derail World Health Assembly

Political tensions threaten to derail World Health Assembly

The European Union is calling for an “impartial, unbiased and thorough evaluation” of the global response to coronavirus, during the first-ever virtual World Health Assembly organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday evening. WHO Chief, Tedros Adhanon Ghebreysus, said the meeting would be “one of the most important …

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Russia Reacts to Ghani’s Order for Offensive Operations

Russia responds to Ghani's oder for offensive operations

KABUL – Moscow reacted to President Ashraf Ghani’s latest order to the Afghan forces in which he ordered the national defense and security forces to resume offensive operations against the militants, including Taliban. Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Second Asia Department Zamir …

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Russia, China Boycott UNSC Meeting on Syria

Russia, China boycott U.N. Security Council meeting on Syria

UNITED NATIONS – Russia and China Tuesday boycotted what Moscow deemed a closed-door “unacceptable” videoconference with the U.N. Chemical arms in Syria Defense Committee. “Russia and China have empty tiles” on the wall, a member of the Security Council told AFP on condition of anonymity. Russia’s U.N. Envoy Vassily Nebenzia …

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Russia, Turkey, Iran Agree to Remove Syria’s Assad: Report

Report says Russia, Turkey, Iran agree to remove Syria’s Assad

MOSCOW – The Russian Council for International Affairs (RIAC) wants Russia, Turkey and Iran to find agreement on replacing the Syrian regime’s president, Bashar Al-Assad, and implementing a truce in return for creating a transitional government that involves the opposition, leaders of the regime and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). …

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