Unavoidable disagreement

Unavoidable disagreement

NDO - The world oil market reacted immediately after the decision of US President Donald Trump to end exemptions from sanctions for countries still buying oil from Iran. The European Union (EU) and many countries are concerned about the negative effects of this decision on the stability of the Middle East, despite US allies' commitment to ensure sufficient supply. (Apr 25, 2019 13:39:59)

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Trump branding IRGC terrorists threatens to escalate regional tensions

  Apr 14, 2019 15:43:11
NDO – Over recent days, “waves” have resurged in the Gulf as a result of tensions between the United States and Iran, after US President Donald Trump took an unprecedented step in dealing with Iran, labelling the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation. The US move has triggered fears that Tehran would apply retaliatory blows. A new “fire pan” is at risk of breaking out if the parties concerned do not take moves to cool down tensions. 

Dialogue needed for Libyan crisis instead of confrontation

  Apr 11, 2019 17:17:08
NDO – Every effort by the United Nations to seek peace for Libya seems to have returned to its starting point as conflict erupted once again in the North African nation. More than eight years after the “Arab Spring”, Libya is still submerged in divisions and crises, and is once again at risk of being embroiled in a bloody civil war, threatening regional security. 

Efforts exerted to build trust

  Apr 10, 2019 11:50:25
NDO - Russian President V. Putin had a meeting with his counterpart T. Erdogan within the framework of an official visit to Moscow by the Turkish leader. The two sides agreed to promote bilateral cooperation to achieve the goal of raising two-way trade revenue to US$100 billion, while promoting joint energy projects, as well as continuing to “shake hands” in dealing with issues related to Syria. The bilateral relationship is seemingly developing in a favourable direction. 

Ukrainian presidential election promises fierce race ahead

  Apr 03, 2019 14:16:36
NDO – The first round of the Ukrainian presidential election has wrapped up with none of the dozens of candidates getting more than 50% of the votes. The two front-runners, 41-year-old comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, will have three weeks to prepare for their fierce race in the second round of voting, scheduled for April 21. 

Spotlight: British PM to consider next steps as MPs fail to break Brexit deadlock - Xinhua

  Apr 02, 2019 14:01:16
British Prime Minister Theresa May has to consider what next steps she and her government will take on Brexit after lawmakers on Monday (April 1) night rejected for a second time an alternative list of options aimed at breaking the current Brexit deadlock. 

Joining hands to face challenges

  Apr 02, 2019 11:09:11
NDO - The 30th Arab League (AL) Summit concluded in Tunis, Tunisia, with a 17-chapter joint declaration, calling on support from the international community to address regional challenges, in which, priority issues related to the Palestinian statehood, Golan Heights, and conflicts in Libya and Syria. The summit delivered a message about strengthening internal solidarity and promoting dialogue. 

New US decision on Golan Heights threatens to push Middle East into contradictions

  Mar 27, 2019 16:03:28
NDO – US President Donald Trump signing a decree recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights shortly before his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows the White House boss’s support for the ally. However, the international community fears that President Trump’s new decision will trigger strong reaction from many countries in the region. 

France at risk of economic downturn as Yellow Vests protests resurge

  Mar 26, 2019 12:00:32
NDO – After days of calming down, the ‘yellow vests’ protests in France resurged last week, putting President Emmanuel Macron’s government in the face of serious challenges. In parallel with the unrest caused by protests and riots, the French economy is currently at risk of a serious downturn. 

Thailand moves towards political stability and economic development

  Mar 24, 2019 15:24:55
NDO – Today (March 24), nearly 50 million Thai voters are heading to over 90,000 polling stations across the country to elect the members of the House of Representatives, moving towards the establishment of the first civilian government since the military coup in May 2014. The results of the elections are unpredictable due to the complicated rules of the Thai election law, as well as the correlation between the tight force correlations between the parties. 

Serious disagreements risk hindering a smooth Brexit

  Mar 21, 2019 13:20:32
NDO – The issue of Brexit (the UK leaving the European Union - EU) is expected to become a key content of a summit between the EU leaders taking place on March 21-22. However, with the disagreements inside the UK as well as between the UK and the EU over the Brexit deal still remaining serious, the conference will hardly make any breakthroughs towards the UK being able to leave the “European common house” in the near future. 

An uneasy choice for OPEC+ nations

  Mar 20, 2019 12:24:27
NDO – The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies, including Russia, must make a decision on whether to continue pursuing an agreement to cut oil production to balance the “black gold” market and revive the world oil prices or not. This problem is not easily solved as they have to balance oil supply while other competitors in the market continue to increase their output. 

France eyes “comeback” to Africa with President Macron’s East Africa tour

  Mar 16, 2019 17:13:37
NDO – Despite its binding relations with African countries in terms of history, culture and language, France seems to be “slower” than other competitors in the race for cooperation and investment in the “dark continent”. Therefore, strengthening Paris’s presence in the region was the key goal of President Emmanuel Macron’s recently concluded visit to Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya, which is seen as a move to send a “comeback” message from France. 

Jordan, US further cooperation for strategic interests

  Mar 15, 2019 16:40:12
NDO – Jordan’s King Abdullah II recently made a trip to the United States in the context of Jordan striving to resolve the issue of migrants from its neighbour Syria and US President Donald Trump preparing to announce the Middle East peace plan. The visit offers an opportunity for the two sides to continue stepping up cooperation for common strategic interests, including fighting terrorism, seeking peaceful solutions and ensuring regional security.  

Huge pressure for President Erdogan as Turkey falls into recession

  Mar 13, 2019 13:46:55
NDO – Turkey has officially entered its first economic recession in the past ten years. In the context of the alliance between Turkey and the United States not “going smoothly”, economic difficulties and a host of other domestic and foreign issues have put President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the face of big challenges, as the country is preparing to hold municipal elections.