World News in Brief: September 9

Monday, 2019-09-09 11:14:01
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Singapore President Halimah Yacob arrived in Manila on Sunday (September 8) for a five-day state visit to mark the golden anniversary of the Singapore-Philippines diplomatic relations.

* The European Union (EU)'s top diplomat Federica Mogherini has begun an official visit to Cuba to attend the second EU-Cuba Joint Council meeting, Cuba's Foreign Ministry said on September 7. The meeting will kick off on September 9 in Cuba's capital city Havana. The Cuban delegation would be led by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine on Saturday, his spokesman said Sunday.

* Acting director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Iran's capital Tehran on Sunday for talks on the country's nuclear program with the Iranian officials, state-run IRNA news agency reported.

* Iranian officials said Sunday that Iran is entitled to suspend parts of its commitments to the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal when its interests are not honored by the parties of the accord, official IRNA news agency reported.

* Iran's fresh decision to boost the country's stockpile of enriched uranium is "bad response" to Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, but dialogue is still open to de-escalate tension and fully honor the accord's commitment, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday he hopes the United States and the Taliban can resume talks in the future. Pompeo said in an interview with Fox News that talks are dead "for the time being" after one US soldier was killed in Afghanistan on September 5.

* The scheduled meeting between Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and US President Donald Trump is postponed as the emir has been admitted to a hospital in the United States for medical tests, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) said on Sunday.

* Pakistani President Arif Alvi met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday, and they pledged to deepen cooperation in various fields between both countries.

* A freight train route linking the city of Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, and Wroclaw of Poland has been launched, according to local authorities.

* A delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will visit Jordan after mid-September to discuss the third review of Jordan's economy, an official source said Sunday.

* Georgia's parliament on Sunday voted to approve a new cabinet led by Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia. During a special session, the lawmakers of the Georgian parliament confirmed the new prime minister and cabinet with 98 votes in favor and zero against.

* Ministers of Sudan's transitional cabinet on Sunday were sworn in before the Chairman of the Sovereign Council Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, according to Xinhua reporter in the capital Khartoum.

* An Iraqi official newspaper on Sunday reported that optimism prevails in the Iraqi political and economic circles about the upcoming visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to China later in the month.

* The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned on Sunday the joint US-Turkish patrols in northeastern Syria, saying such a move is a flagrant violation to the international law, according to the state news agency SANA.

* Senior Palestinian officials on Sunday urged the US administration to reconsider its strategy towards the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the wake of the resignation of US Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt.

* Turkey and the United States on Sunday kicked off joint land patrol in the safe zone in northern Syria accompanied with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), said Turkish Defense Ministry.

* Iran said Sunday that the seized British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero would be released in the coming days, official IRNA news agency reported.

* Members of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch were largely deployed on Sunday across a key district in the country's turbulent southern province of Abyan, a local resident told Xinhua.