World News in Brief: April 16

Monday, 2018-04-16 07:31:02
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Channels of communication between Russia and the US allowing for a better understanding of what is going on are still open, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on April 15.

* French President Emmanuel Macron on April 15 said he was ready to talk to all, including Russia and Iran, to pave the way for inclusive political transition in the war-torn Syria.

* President Donald Trump still wants US forces in Syria to return home as soon as possible, the White House said on April 15, after French President Emmanuel Macron said he had convinced Trump to keep a US presence there for "the long term."

* NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will pay a visit to Turkey on April 16 to meet Turkish leaders amid international tensions sparked by the US-led coalition's air raids in Syria.

* Further actions violating the UN charter such as the recent US-led strikes on Syria will result in chaos in international relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Iranian counterpart Hassan Ruhani over phone on April 15.

The two leaders condemned the airstrikes by the United States and its allies on Syria and agreed that it would hinder the process of a political settlement in the war-torn country, according to a Kremlin statement.

* The African Union Commission (AUC) on April 14 called on world powers to undertake international efforts to solve the Syrian civil war that respects the territorial integrity of Syria.

* Chinese Charge d'Affaires to Libya Wang Qimin on April 15 said that China supports the political settlement in Libya as part of the UN-proposed action plan.

* A European Union (EU) official on April 15 said peace and stability in Sudan are priorities of dialogue between the EU and Sudan government.

* An earthquake measuring 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted off the west coast of Indonesia's North Maluku province on April 16 morning, the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysical Agency said, but no casualties or damage have been reported so far.

* An Irish naval ship has departed for a European Union (EU) mission in the Mediterranean to fight against human trafficking and rescue migrants, reported local media RTE on April 15.

* The Egyptian government has dedicated 275 billion Egyptian pounds (about US$15.6 billion) for the development of the Sinai Peninsula within four year as part of the country's efforts to eradicate terrorism, the Egyptian prime minister told the parliament on April 15.