The president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, arrived in Moscow today (20 July) on the invitation of the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. This is Aliyev’s second working visit to Russia this year – the first, on 11 January with the Armenian prime minister – and comes amidst clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
In a complicated diplomatic exercise involving US and Georgian diplomats, Armenia and Azerbaijan on Saturday implemented "an exchange" that whilst humanitarian in nature also has deep diplomatic consequences.
On Thursday (10 June), the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, met with Yemeni Foreign Minister, Ahmad Awad bin Mubarak. High Representative/Vice-President Borrell reiterated strong EU support to the Yemeni government and the people of Yemen, highlighting the significant work of the EU in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres.
An Omani delegation visiting Sanaa met with the leader of the Houthi movement, Abdul Malik al-Houthi. In the meeting, several humanitarian and political issues were discussed. Local reports suggest that there is near consensus on opening the country's main ports.
Borrell underlined that the European Union will make every effort to support the peace process and to remain a committed partner to the Afghan people. "Of course, we will have to take into account the evolving situation, but disengagement is not an option. We are clear on that: there is no alternative to a negotiated political settlement, through inclusive peace talks.
Local authorities in the Yemeni province of Marib have called on the international community to take a stand against what they described as Houthis' crimes against civilians in the province. The remarks came after 14 civilians were killed by an attack on a petrol station in Marib.