World News in Brief: June 30

Sunday, 2019-06-30 14:09:45
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Leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) economies on Saturday (June 29) concluded their two-day summit in Japanese city of Osaka, following intense discussions to seek common ground on pressing global issues. G20 leaders issued a declaration at the conclusion of the summit and pledged actions to address economic downside risks and promote free trade.

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday said at the conclusion of a two-day Group of 20 (G20) major economies summit in Osaka, western Japan, that consensus had been reached among members to tackle the downside risks facing the global economy.

* The membership of the 98-year-old Communist Party of China (CPC) has exceeded 90 million, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee announced Sunday (June 30).

* The South American trade bloc the Southern Common Market (Mercosur) will seek a trade deal with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), Brazilian Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Araujo said on Saturday.

* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a joint press conference at the conclusion of the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Osaka on Saturday. The two leaders said both governments will continue the negotiations in line with a joint declaration signed in 1956, and in the meantime forge ahead with joint economic activities on the disputed islands.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he and his US counterpart Donald Trump had asked their foreign ministries to begin talks on the extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that there have been no delays in the delivery of Russian S-400 air defense missiles to his country.

* Representatives of the UN Security Council (UNSC) paid a visit on Saturday to Baghdad to hold talks with Iraqi leaders to support Iraq's security, stability and reconstruction efforts.