This is a summary of 9 AMN articles on the following subjects: China, India, Iran, US, Greece, Turkey, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Mediterranean, NATO, Russia, Iraq, PKK.

Categories covered in this brief: World-News, Iran, Middleeast, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, North-Africa, Iraq

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China calls on India to stop ‘provocative activities’ along disputed border

Published 2020-06-17 15:13:45 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:00 P.M.) – The Chinese authorities called on India to stop its “provocative activities” along the border, stressing that there is close communication between the two countries to resolve the tension in the area through diplomatic channels. “We call on India to desist from provocative activities on the border between the two countries,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang said during a press conference Wednesday. “The two sides (China and India) are working closely to find a solution to the border tension through diplomatic channels,” he added. It is mentioned that the Indian army representative previously reported that… Read on ->

Tags: China, India

US envoy wants direct meeting with Iran

Published 2020-06-17 10:34:15 by News Desk in Iran

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:20 A.M.) – Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, said on Tuesday that he would like to have a direct meeting with Iranian officials to discuss consular affairs. The Reuters news agency noted that the term “consular research” is usually used by U.S. diplomats regarding Iran to refer to a possible exchange of prisoners. “We’d like to have a direct meeting to have a consular dialogue so that we can move faster than we are,” Hook said at an event organized by an Internet research institute. He added that he had hoped to meet with Iran’s… Read on ->

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Tags: Iran, US

Turkey presents a threat to peace in eastern Mediterranean: Greek PM

Published 2020-06-17 10:13:15 by News Desk in Middleeast, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis criticized Turkey’s policy in the eastern Mediterranean, describing it as a “threat to peace in the region.” At the end of talks he held with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the Greek Prime Minister stated that he raised, during the meeting, the topic of “Turkey’s illegal and provocative actions near our borders and at sea.” “We consider these activities a threat to international peace and stability,” he told Netanyahu, as reported by the Interfax News Agency. Mitsotakis also criticized the role of Turkey in Libya, where… Read on ->

Tags: Greece, Turkey

‘We will not Syria be defeated by Caesar Act’: Hezbollah leader

Published 2020-06-17 09:31:49 by News Desk in Lebanon, Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, vowed that Syria’s allies would not allow the U.S.’ “Caesar Act” to defeat the Arab Republic. Sayyed Nasrallah said in his speech on Tuesday: “America is resorting to the Caesar Act is evidence of Syria’s victory in the military war because it is its last weapon.” He continued: “Syria’s allies, who stood with it politically and militarily, will not abandon it in the face of the economic war and will not allow it to fall.” He stressed that “the target of the Caesar law is the Syrian people… Read on ->

Tags: Hezbollah, Lebanon, Syria

US imposes harshest sanctions against Syria on Wednesday

Published 2020-06-17 08:53:25 by News Desk in Syria

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BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 A.M.) – On Wednesday, the United States imposed its harshest sanctions against Syria aimed at withholding revenues from the country’s authorities led by President Bashar al-Assad, to prevent him from achieving a “military victory” in the war that has continued since 2011. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Kraft, told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that the United States will implement the so-called “Caesar Act to protect civilians in Syria”, which U.S. President Donald Trump signed on December 20, 2019, and aims to deter “bad parties that continue to help and finance the atrocities… Read on ->

Tags: Syria, US

Egypt prepares to receive 7 new aircraft

Published 2020-06-17 08:38:41 by News Desk in North-Africa

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:20 A.M.) – The head of the Holding Company for Egypt Air, Rushdi Zakaria, announced on Tuesday that the coronavirus crisis has caused the postponement of deals to receive new aircraft. The president of the company noted that seven new planes will be received next month, noting that the payment for the aircraft rentals with the company has been postponed for about three months, and some of them will be for six months until the crisis ends. The Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation, Mohamed Manar, has announced that his country will resume air traffic at all airports in… Read on ->

Tags: Egypt

Chinese military suffers casualties in deadly battle with Indian forces

Published 2020-06-17 08:10:58 by News Desk in World-News

BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:00 A.M.) – The Chinese media reported, citing informed sources, that their army suffered losses in a border clash with Indian soldiers on Monday. The editor-in-chief of the Chinese Global Times said on Tuesday: “The Chinese army has suffered casualties in a border clash with Indian soldiers,” but did not specify the death toll. “Based on what I know, the Chinese side also suffered injuries in the Galluan Valley clash,” Hu Xi Jin said in a tweet. He did not give further details. The Indian Army confirmed that they lost 20 soldiers during the brief battle with the… Read on ->

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Tags: China, India

NATO is worried about Russia’s increased presence in eastern Mediterranean

Published 2020-06-17 07:44:33 by News Desk in Middleeast, North-Africa, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 A.M.) – NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday that the alliance is concerned about the Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean. This came in response to a question by the Turkish-state owned Anadolu News Agency, during a virtual press conference. Stoltenberg said that the situation in Libya is very difficult and dangerous, expressing NATO’s concern about the increasing Russian presence in the eastern Mediterranean, especially in Libya. He stressed the need for the parties to the Libyan conflict to negotiate a peaceful political solution, expressing his support for the outputs of the Berlin Conference on Libya,… Read on ->

Tags: Mediterranean, NATO, Russia, Turkey

Turkey troops launch new military offensive inside Iraq: video

Published 2020-06-17 04:48:50 by News Desk in Iraq, Turkey

BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 A.M.) – On Tuesday evening, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the launch of “Operation Tiger Claw” in the Haftanin area of northern Iraq. The Turkish Ministry of Defense said in a tweet last night: “In order to neutralize the elements of the ‘Kurdistan Workers Party’ (PKK) and other terrorist elements that threaten the security of our people and our borders, victory has reached the heroes of the commando units who are currently in the Haftanin area.” They indicated that they arrived in the area with the support of the Turkish Air Force, who had already carried… Read on ->

Tags: Iraq, PKK, Turkey

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