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Archive for June 29, 2022

Newsline: Senior Chinese diplomat tells UN expansion of Nato into the Asia-Pacific will stir up conflict

A senior Chinese diplomat has warned that the Asia-Pacific region would face turmoil and conflict if Nato was extended there. China’s envoy to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, said Nato had caused trouble “in different parts of the world”, and should learn a lesson from the ongoing Ukraine war. “Nato’s five eastward expansions after the Cold War have not only failed to make Europe securer, but also sowed the seed of conflict,” Zhang said in a UN Security Council briefing on Ukraine on Tuesday. “The kind of turmoil and conflict that are affecting parts of the world must not be allowed to happen in the Asia-Pacific.” (https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-tells-un-expansion-nato-093000436.html) Zhang was speaking while Nato met in Madrid where the bloc is expected to release an updated strategic concept to replace the version adopted in 2010.

Newsline: Iran, US diplomats begin EU-led indirect nuclear deal talks in Qatar

Iran and the United States began indirect talks Tuesday in Qatar aimed at finding a way to save Tehran’s tattered nuclear deal with world powers. Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, met with European Union official Enrique Mora in Doha after earlier meeting Qatari officials with Tehran’s local ambassador. Mora will pass messages between the Americans and Iranians. Rob Malley, the U.S. special representative for Iran, arrived in Qatar on Monday night ahead of the talks. The U.S. Embassy in Qatar said Malley met with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani to discuss “joint diplomatic efforts to address issues with Iran,” but declined to immediately offer any other details about his trip. Qatar’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying it “welcomed” hosting the talks. It said the talks aimed to reestablish the deal “in a way that supports and enhances security, stability and peace in the region and opens new horizons for broader regional cooperation and dialogue with the Islamic Republic of Iran.” (https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Iran-US-to-begin-indirect-nuclear-deal-talks-in-17270570.php) Iran and world powers agreed in 2015 to the nuclear deal, which saw Tehran drastically limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. In 2018, then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the accord, raising tensions across the wider Middle East and sparking a series of attacks and incidents.

Newsline: Australia considering reopening Ukraine embassy

Australia is considering reopening its embassy in Kyiv, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Tuesday, as it looks to join several of its allies who have resumed operations after removing its diplomats over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We would like to have a presence on the ground there to assist and to be able to provide that on-ground presence,” Albanese told reporters in Madrid ahead of a NATO summit. “Australia is considering that … I’ll have more to say on that in coming days and weeks.” (https://news.yahoo.com/australia-considering-reopening-ukraine-embassy-232834458.html) Several NATO members including the United States have recently moved their embassies back to the Ukrainian capital in a show of solidarity after Russia invaded the country in February.