Palestine-Israel tensions pose risk of war

Palestine-Israel tensions pose risk of war

NDO – The escalation of tension and violence between Palestine and Israel has led the Gaza Strip to the brink of a war.  (Jun 03, 2018 15:54:19)

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A risk to peace in the Middle East

  May 15, 2018 12:33:53
NDO – Israel held an opening ceremony for the Embassy of the United States (US) in Jerusalem on May 14, despite strong opposition from the Palestinians and many other countries around the world. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump, were invited to the event. However, the absence of most of the guests, who are envoys from numerous countries, at a reception hosted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, showed the cautious response of the international community to this sensitive event.  

Inter-Korean summit: A big step forward on path to reconciliation

  Apr 27, 2018 12:41:53
NDO – The inter-Korean summit, which is seen as a turning point in the process of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, officially takes place today (April 27) in the border village of Panmunjom inside the heavily fortified demilitarised zone. Over recent times, the soft moves of the parties towards the event show that the trend of reconciliation and dialogue is leading the Korean issue in the right direction and encouraging belief in an outcome of peace and stability for the whole region. 

French President’s US visit: Message behind an “oak sapling”

  Apr 24, 2018 12:34:15
NDO – During his state visit to the United States which began on April 23, French President Emmanuel Macron brought an oak sapling as a gift for his peer Donald Trump. In the context of the complicated global situation and the multiple challenges faced by the France-US alliance, this special gift is aimed at conveying Paris’s message about fostering close-knit friendly ties with Washington. 

Handover of power in Cuba, a historic turning point

  Apr 19, 2018 12:20:34
NDO – The first session of the ninth Cuban National Assembly (NA) opened in Havana on April 18. This is a historic event, as the NA delegates elect a new leadership board for the country, aiming to inherit and promote the outstanding achievements of the revolutionary leaders and continue on the path of development which has been chosen by the Cuban people. 

Efforts needed to ease global tensions

  Apr 18, 2018 12:50:34
NDO – Many countries have agreed that establishing political dialogue is the only solution to finding a way out of the Syrian crisis after the recent series of air strikes deployed by the United States (US) and its allies aimed at the Middle East country. That every disagreement should be resolved through peaceful means based on international laws and the principle of respecting nations’ independence and sovereignty, is the common viewpoint shared by many nations regarding the complexity of the current situation in Syria.  

Improved China-Japan ties to open up new scope for cooperation

  Apr 18, 2018 07:27:08
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on April 17 wrapped up a three-day official visit to Japan, during which he co-chaired the fourth high-level economic dialogue between China and Japan with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono. 

Fierce arguments anticipated at WB-IMF Spring Meeting

  Apr 17, 2018 12:43:58
NDO – The Spring Meeting of the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been officially opened in Washington DC, USA and will run until April 24. The topics covered at conference usually focus on discussions of the global issues concerning the economy, finance, employment, and the environment, among others. However, in the current context of profound disagreements on many issues between the US, China, and Russia, analysts forecast that this year’s spring meeting will present something of an imbroglio due to the arguments related to trade conflicts, currency, and economic sanctions among nations. 

Violence triggers fear of conflict escalation in Gaza

  Apr 10, 2018 11:37:33
NDO – Israeli troops firing into a crowd of Palestinian demonstrators in the Gaza Strip has triggered concern of an eruption of conflict in the region. The efforts aimed at salvaging the Middle East peace process are being severely threatened by violent outbursts across the Palestinian coastal land over the past few days. 

Belief and expectations

  Apr 04, 2018 12:43:00
NDO – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected with an overwhelming 97.08% of the vote. He won the trust of the vast majority of Egyptian voters after a term in which he led the country in overcoming the Arab Spring “storm”. However, the four years of his new term promise to be a tough challenge, as President al-Sisi will have to deal with the thorny security problem while restoring the economy, and bringing the country of pyramids back to the trajectory of development and prosperity. 

Saudi crown prince’s visit affirms Saudi-US strategic alliance

  Mar 25, 2018 14:11:15
NDO – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has paid his first official visit to the US since being elevated to the position of crown prince. With the focus on discussing an arms deal worth billions of dollars and a series of other agreements between the two countries, as well as regional issues, the visit affirms the strategic alliance between the US and Saudi Arabia. 

Middle East at risk of new confrontation

  Mar 17, 2018 17:58:15
NDO – One of the reasons US President Donald Trump dismissed outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to the disagreements regarding the Iran nuclear deal. The move shows Washington's "determination" to withdraw from the historic deal. Iranian officials have reaffirmed Teheran's stance on not re-negotiating the deal. The confrontation between the US and Iran has raised tension in the region, raising fears of a new arms race as Iran will not compromise on its controversial missile programme.  

Military actions risk fanning the flames of conflict in Syria

  Mar 13, 2018 12:54:31
NDO – The situation of the Syrian battlefield has been proceeding in a complex manner with the simultaneous presence of many military fronts. While Syrian government forces are intensifying their campaigns to recapture eastern Ghouta from the rebels, the Afrin enclave in northern Syria sees the expansion of Turkey’s “Olive Branch” campaign. The Syrian battlefield shows no signs of cooling down in the context of a proxy war currently taking place between world powers.  

APEC SOM3 and related meetings conclude in Ho Chi Minh City

  Aug 30, 2017 22:17:51
NDO/ VNA – The third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) and related meetings wrapped up in Ho Chi Minh City on August 30 after 13 days of working.  

A "stalemate" in Afghanistan

  Apr 26, 2017 22:06:58
NDO – The Taliban's recent deadly raid on April 21 that killed more than 140 Afghan government soldiers and injured many others has created a security shock in the host country and for foreign troops stationed there. Once again, the alarm of security instability has been raised, warning that the fight against terrorists and extremists in the South Asian country will be further prolonged and complicated.