World News in Brief: September 21

Saturday, 2019-09-21 12:05:03
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Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng on Friday (September 20) met with leaders attending the 16th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit, to be held from September 21 to 24 in Nanning, the capital city of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

* UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday highlighted the negative impact of climate change on world peace. Action on climate change is an integral part of building a culture of prevention, addressing the drivers of disorder and ensuring peace, said Guterres.

* Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced on Friday that Havana would make an appropriate and timely response to recent US actions, including the expulsion of two Cuban diplomats to the United Nations.

* China and the United States held vice ministerial-level trade talks in Washington on September 19-20, and conducted constructive discussions on economic and trade issues of mutual concern.

* The Japanese government on Friday said that following the Republic of Korea's request, it will enter into bilateral talks over its tighter export controls, with the decision from Japan coming after Seoul filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week.

* Russia welcomes the agreement reached between the Venezuelan government and the opposition, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Friday.

* The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 63rd General Conference has concluded with resolutions adopted affirming the importance of the agency's role in facilitating the development and use of nuclear science and technology for peace, health and prosperity, IAEA said Friday in a statement.

* US President Donald Trump said on Friday that his country is imposing sanctions on Iran's national bank following attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday condemned the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities, calling on relevant parties to refrain from taking any actions that may escalate tensions in the region. Xi made the remarks in phone talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who briefed him about the incident.

* US President Donald Trump has approved sending more US forces to the Gulf which are "defensive in nature" at the requests of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, said US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Friday.

* The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are ready to provide Ukraine with a targeted loan of EUR900 million (US$992.4 million) for the development of the country's road industry, the acting head of the State Administration of Ukrainian Roads Slavomir Novak said on Friday.

* Libyan navy on Friday said it rescued nearly 500 illegal immigrants in six operations off the country's western coast. The rescue operations took place north, west and east of the capital Tripoli at different distances.

* Tens of thousands of Algerian protesters on Friday took to the streets in major cities amid tough security measures, rejecting the presidential elections scheduled on December 12.

* Bulgaria hopes that the political far-sightedness would prevail and Britain would not leave the European Union (EU) without a deal, the country's deputy foreign minister Georg Georgiev said in Sofia on Friday.

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has decided to sign visa facilitation and readmission agreements with the European Union (EU).

* At least 74 Palestinians were injured on Friday during the weekly anti-Israel protests in eastern Gaza Strip, medics said.

* Poland's ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) is heading for the country's parliamentary elections on October 13, amid recent opinion polls which put it ahead of opposition parties by a significant margin.

* Uzbekistan has introduced a three-year investor visa for foreigners and stateless people if they invest a minimum of US$183,000 in the country's economy, the Uzbek Justice Ministry said Friday.