DIPLOMACY

a Trump hand holding was ‘moment of assistance’ says UK PM
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has described the time she and US president Donald Trump held hands as a "moment of assistance", BBC report. The leaders were captured on camera as they walked at the White House on Mrs May's visit in January 2017. The picture made headlines around the world, with some suggesting it was a sign of their closeness. Government sources in Washington DC..
a Korean tensions at ‘tipping point’,says China
China has warned that tensions on the Korean peninsula have reached a "tipping point" after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan, a move Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described as "unprecedented" and a "grave threat" to his country's security, Al Jazeera report. Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry, urged all sides on Tuesday to avoid provocations,..
a PM Deuba returns home from India
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has returned home after completing his five-day official state visit to India, on Sunday, according to BBC. PM Deuba had led a 48-delegation member to India, after assuming office, on a first foreign visit at the invitation of PM Narendra Modi.   During his visit, PM Deuba called on Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President, NC leader Soniya..
Indian PM Modi makes surprise call on Nepali PM Deuba in New Delhi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise call on Nepal’s PM Sher Bahadur Deuba who is on a five-day state visit to India, in New Delhi Wednesday evening, THT report. Nepali ambassador to India Deep Kumar Upadhayay termed it as a “warm up meet” as PM Deuba’s official visit will commence from tomorrow.   PM Deuba is on a first official foreign visit to India,..
a South Korea calls US allies to help prevent war
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on his US allies to help prevent a war, amid worsening tension over the North's nuclear threat, according to BBC. Mr Moon told the visiting top US military official that there must be a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Gen Joseph Dunford said the US priority was diplomacy but added that military options were being prepared should sanctions..
bill gates Bill Gates offers Tanzania 350 mln USD for funding development projects
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said on Thursday it will spend 350 million U.S. dollars to Tanzania to fund development projects, including agriculture and health.  A statement by the Directorate of Presidential Communication at State House said Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced the donation shortly after he had held talks with President John Magufuli. The world's richest man said..
a Russia: US sanctions are ‘trade war’ on us
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new sanctions imposed by the US are tantamount to declaring a "full-scale trade war" against Moscow, BBC report. He said the measures, signed by Donald Trump, demonstrated the complete impotence of the US president, whom he said had been humiliated by Congress. The law aims to punish Russia for its alleged meddling in the 2016 US elections and..
_96517245_nstreampipegetty2010 European Union concern over new US Russia sanctions
The European Union has expressed concern about US plans to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, amid concern they could hurt energy companies, according to BBC. The EU Commission sounded the alarm after the US House of Representatives voted in favour of the measures, despite opposition from Donald Trump. The bill is likely to complicate the US president's hopes of improving relations with..
a Qatar and Turkey discuss Gulf crisis
Qatar and Turkey have discussed the Gulf crisis and efforts being exerted to defuse the dispute between Doha and a group of Saudi-led Arab states through dialogue and diplomatic means, Al Jazeera report. This came during a meeting between Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thaniand Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Doha on Monday. The two sides praised Kuwait's mediation to..
a Saudi-led bloc ammends demands to end Qatar crisis
The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month, BBC report. Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt told reporters at the UN they now wanted it to accept six broad principles. These include commitments to combat terrorism and extremism and to end acts of..
a Russia and China urge North Korea to stop missile test
Russia and China have urged North Korea to "freeze" its missile and nuclear programmes after it claimed to have successfully tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile, BBC report. Both countries also called for a simultaneous suspension of US-South Korea large-scale military exercises. North Korea said its missile could hit anywhere in the world. But while Pyongyang appears to..
a China tells US not to interfere over jailed Xiaobo
Beijing has hit back at Washington for "irresponsible remarks" after the US criticised its treatment of Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, according to BBC. The political activist, who is serving an 11 year term on subversion charges for calling for greater democracy, has been moved to hospital after being diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. His wife Liu Xia, who is under house..
a Nepal-China review status of bilateral relations
The 11th meeting of Joint Consultation Mechanism between Nepal and China assessed the progress made in the implementation of agreements/MoUs reached between the two sides in the past, THT report. During the meeting held at the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, the two sides expressed commitment to further promote cooperation in mutually agreed areas. Both sides also agreed to work in realisation of..
a Panama cuts ties with Taiwan
Panama has cut long-standing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established relations with China, in a diplomatic coup for Beijing, BBC report. The Panamanian government said it recognised there was "only one China" and considered Taiwan part of it. Taiwan expressed "anger and regret", and accused Panama of "bullying". China regards Taiwan as a breakaway province. A few countries maintain..
a Saudi, UAE, Israel team up in anti-Qatar lobbying
US legislation threatening to sanction Qatar for its support of "Palestinian terror" was sponsored by 10 lawmakers who received more than $1m over the last 18 months from lobbyists and groups linked to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, Al Jazeera report. The bill was introduced to the US House of Representatives on May 25, but the text wasn't available until Friday morning,..
a Kuwait to mediate between Qatar and other nations
Kuwait's ruler travelled to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for talks with King Salman over a Gulf Arab dispute with Qatar, Gulf Arab officials said, Al Jazeera report. Kuwait's emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, is acting as a mediator between Doha and other Arab states which have severed diplomatic and transport ties with Doha. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain..
a Macron meets Putin in Paris
French President Emmanuel Macron says he held a "frank exchange" with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their first face-to-face talks, BBC report. The pair discussed "disagreements" in the meeting, held at the sumptuous Versailles palace. But Mr Macron said he wanted to work with Russia over Syria in the struggle against terrorism. Meanwhile, Mr Putin said he wanted to strengthen..
a US President Trump reaches Israel
US President Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, as he continues his Middle East trip, BBC report. He flies in from Saudi Arabia, a key US ally, where he gave a speech to Arab and Muslim leaders at a summit. Mr Trump will hold talks with both Israeli and Palestinian leaders during the course of his two-day stop. The president has called an Israeli-Palestinian..
a Wikileaks founder Assange defiant as Sweden drops rape investigation
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he will not forgive and forget attempts to arrest him over rape allegations which led him to seek asylum in Ecuador's London embassy, BBC report. In an angry tweet, Mr Assange said he had been detained for seven years "without charge" while his children grew up and his "name was slandered". Sweden said on Friday it had decided to drop the rape..
a Germany not in haste mood to add troops in Afghanistan
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that she does not believe Germany is "first in line" to send more troops to Afghanistan, as NATO considers a proposal to boost forces there, according to Al Jazeera. "I don't think we're first in line to expand our capacities there," Merkel said after meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday. She said Germany will continue to..