EU countries could snub US-Poland summit over Iran concerns

European Union countries could snub an international conference on the Middle East scheduled to take place in Poland next month over concerns it is part of a US drive to ramp up pressure on Iran. EU diplomats raised questions about the real agenda of the February 13-14 conference on Friday, saying it was organised at very…

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North Korea lead negotiator arrives in DC for Trump-Kim summit talks

North Korea’s lead negotiator in denuclearization talks with the U.S. arrived in Washington Thursday evening, amid reports that the two sides are seeking to lay the groundwork for a possible second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, CNN reports. Details: Kim Yong Chol is expected to meet with Secretary of State Mike…

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N Korea envoy ‘arrives in US’ to hold talks on Kim-Trump summit

North Korea’s top envoy, Kim Yong-chol, has arrived in Washington, DC, according to South Korean media, in a visit aimed at laying the groundwork for a second summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Neither the United States nor North Korea has announced any meetings, but Kim is expected to hold…

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In talks with Kim, China’s Xi backs second North Korea-US summit

Chinese President Xi Jinping has told Kim Jong-un that Beijing supports a second summit between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump, adding that he hopes they “meet each other halfway”, according to state media. The report by Xinhua news agency on Thursday came a day after Kim concluded an unannounced two-day trip…

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What to expect from this year’s GCC summit in Riyadh

Gulf leaders will meet in Riyadh for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit on Sunday amid questions about whether Qatar will attend as a diplomatic crisis continues to grip the region. The 39th GCC summit comes amid an ongoing blockade on Qatar imposed in June 2017, by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and…

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Why the Istanbul summit failed

After several delays, the Istanbul summit finally took place on Saturday, bringing together the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany to discuss peace in Syria. The four-way meeting was originally scheduled for early September, but major differences between the four led to its postponement. The summit brought together parties from the Astana process group…

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Saudi, UAE officials call for regime change in Iran at US summit

The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Washington, and the director of Israel’s Mossad spy agency have joined ranks in pushing for regime change in Iran. Speaking alongside US National Security Adviser John Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called…

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US Accelerates Talks With North Korea After Kim-Moon Summit

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What to expect from high-stakes Kim-Moon summit

Seoul, South Korea – South Korean President Moon Jae-in, joined by more than 200 officials, is set to embark on a high-stakes trip to Pyongyang for talks with his North Korean counterpart Kim Jong-un. On an exceptionally rare occasion in the reclusive country, the first moment of the two leaders’ encounter in North Korea’s capital,…

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Scoop: Israel turns down Putin’s offer to host summit with Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to organize a summit with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow because he didn’t want to undercut President Trump’s forthcoming Middle East peace plan, according to Israeli officials. Why it matters: Netanyahu and Abbas haven’t met since September 2010. This is the second…

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