Saturday, January 22, 2022

diplomacy

US state secretary praises Malaysia’s pandemic control

Antony Blinken says Malaysia's ability to distribute excess vaccines to other countries is 'evidence of real leadership'.

Saudi Arabia confirms recent talks with Iran

US ally Saudi Arabia and Washington's arch-foe Iran are at odds over several regional issues, including the wars in Yemen and Syria.

Israel foreign minister makes landmark visit to Bahrain

The Israeli top diplomat touched down at Manama airport just over an hour before a Gulf Air A320 took off for the first commercial flight between the two countries.

Neighbours slam ‘outrageous’ North Korean ballistic missiles test

The ballistic missile tests are North Korea's first since March this year and a further breach of UN sanctions.

Israeli president, Jordan king hold secret talks

Jordan and Egypt are the only two countries bordering Israel to have signed peace treaties with the Jewish state.

No rush in deciding stand on Taliban govt, says Saifuddin

He says police are still awaiting credible information on reports that two Malaysians believed to be fighting alongside IS-K have been detained by the Taliban.

Washington says US$5,800 bottle of whisky gifted by Japan is missing

The US State Department says it is 'looking into the matter and has an ongoing inquiry' into the mystery.

North, South Korea restore severed communications in surprise thaw

The leaders of the two Koreas have exchanged personal letters since April aimed at improving ties and agreed to restore the hotlines as the first step.

Beijing urges Washington to stop ‘demonising’ China as US official visits

The visit is widely viewed as a preparatory step for an eventual meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Aussie PM in Solomon Islands to strengthen ties, with wary eye on China

Canberra is cosying up to Pacific island nations hoping to deflect them from Beijing's cash-laden temptations.

Biden to announce mass vaccine donations as first overseas tour begins

His week will take in a G7 leaders' meeting, summits with Nato and the European Union, and talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

China condemns US senators visiting Taiwan on military plane as ‘vile provocation’

Senior US visitors usually travel by unmarked private jets rather than giant military transports.

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