World News in Brief: December 10

Tuesday, 2019-12-10 16:36:14
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday (December 9) called on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resume talks with the United States on denuclearization, said his spokesman.

* Chinese President Xi Jinping and President of the European Council Charles Michel held phone talks on Monday, agreeing that strengthening China-European Union (EU) relations and cooperation is in the common interests of both sides and the world.

* Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will hold the first face-to-face talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the Normandy Four meeting in Paris, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine's presidential office, said on Monday.

* US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Washington on Monday over bilateral ties and regional issues.

* Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will chair the 8th China-Japan-ROK leaders' meeting in China's southwestern city of Chengdu on December 24, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced Tuesday (December 10). President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend the meeting, Hua said.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Turkey would give all the necessary support for the eradication of the Islamic State (IS) from Afghanistan.

* China and Israel agree that the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries should continue, Zhai Jun, Chinese special envoy for Middle East affairs, said during a briefing on Monday in Tel Aviv.

* More Syrians are benefiting from cross-border humanitarian operations than ever before, said a UN spokesman on Monday. In November alone, the United Nations provided over 1.1 million people with food through cross-border deliveries, doubling the number in January, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the country would continue to conduct explorations "not only in the Mediterranean Sea but also in the Black Sea and even in international waters."

* Iraqi President Barham Salih and US Vice President Mike Pence on Monday agreed that the ongoing protests in Iraq should be tackled without external interference.

* A Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Monday said that China will work with the overwhelming majority of World Trade Organization (WTO) members who share a common goal to continue addressing the challenges facing the WTO Appellate Body.

* Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that its 2020 state budget deficit is around US$49.8 billion, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The budget revenues are US$222.1 billion while the expenditures are US$272 billion.

* Libya's Immigration Control Department on Monday announced the deportation of 47 illegal immigrants from Libya to Egypt.

* A shooting incident at a hospital in the northeastern Czech city of Ostrava left at least four dead and two others seriously injured, local police said on Tuesday.

Xinhua