Posts tagged as Middle East

Is Putin making another power grab in the Middle East?

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Russia has denied supporting a Libyan general who is currently marching on the country’s capital in an apparent attempt to take control of the north African nation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday that he hoped the crisis in Libya would not lead to ‘renewed bloodshed’, adding that Moscow did not support Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar. ‘We are monitoring the situation in Libya very carefully,’ Peskov said. Asked…

Mikser attends high-level conference on Middle East

Friday, February 15, 2019

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sven Mikser (SDE) on Wednesday and Thursday attended a high-level ministerial conference in Poland centred on discussing possible ways of ensuring greater stability in the Middle East. The meeting brought together more than 50 countries to encourage the resolution of prolonged conflicts and find common ground among various viewpoints, according to a ministry press release. Discussions over the two-day event touched on the threats posed by…

Iran says Trump should stop interfering in Middle East if he wants cheap oil

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump should stop interfering in the Middle East if he wants the price of oil to stop rising, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying on Wednesday. “Mr Trump is trying to seriously reduce exports of Iran’s oil and also ensure the price of oil does not go up, but these two cannot happen together,” Zanganeh said, according to the Iranian Students’ News Agency. “If…

U.S. removing some missile systems from Middle East: WSJ

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The United States is pulling some of its anti-aircraft and missile batteries out of the Middle East, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing U.S. military officials. The Pentagon will pull out four Patriot missile systems from Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain next month, the report said, adding that the realignment step marks a shift of focus away from long-lasting conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan to tensions with…

Syria strikes: All the latest updates

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The US, UK and France have launched strikes “on targets associated with the chemical weapons capabilities” in Syria, US President Donald Trump announced early on Saturday. The strikes come after a suspected chemical weapons attack in the former rebel stronghold of Douma last weekend. Here are all the latest updates on the strikes: Dutch PM ‘understands’ US-led strikes Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says his government “understands” the military action…

Pope’s Easter message calls for peace, beginning with Syria

Monday, April 2, 2018

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis in his Easter Sunday message called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, “beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria,” and extending to the entire Middle East, the Korean peninsula and parts of Africa affected by “hunger, endemic conflicts and terrorism.” Francis reflected on the power of Christianity’s core belief — that Jesus rose from the dead following…