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Opinion: The recent Iran-China agreement has implications for the wider region

Opinion: The recent Iran-China agreement has implications for the wider region

The recent signing of a strategic partnership with Iran shows that China is now a significant player in the geopolitics of the wider Middle East. This has implications for the South Caucasus and particularly Armenia, writes Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed

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Fighting intensifies in Yemen's Marib with little hope for peace efforts

Fighting intensifies in Yemen's Marib with little hope for peace efforts

Fighting between pro-government forces and Houthi fighters intensified over the weekend across multiple fronts in the governorate of Marib in Yemen. Reports indicate that around 70 have been killed in the past few days. Officials losses and the changes in the frontlines are difficult to determine as figures and news are often concealed. 
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Turkey says it remains firm in its support for Ukraine

Turkey says it remains firm in its support for Ukraine

Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky visited Istanbul over the weekend for talks with the Turkish president Recip Tayip Erdogan. Erdogan told the media after the talks that Turkey strongly defended Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” stressing, “We reaffirmed our principled stance of not recognizing the [Russian] annexation of Crimea.”
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EU considering sanctions against Lebanese politicians

EU considering sanctions against Lebanese politicians

France and the European Union are preparing proposals that could result in a freeze of assets and a travel ban on Lebanese politicians, according to Reuters. The move aims to push politicians to agree on forming a government that addresses the multitude of challenges that have rocked Lebanon in the past few months.  
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EU fires warning shot at Georgia

EU fires warning shot at Georgia

A blunt statement issued by the spokesperson of the European Union on Wednesday (7 April) called on Georgia to revise the selection process of Supreme Court judges in line with Venice Commission recommendations, warning that this was also "a condition for the disbursement of the second tranche of macro-financial assistance to Georgia under its current programme".
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EU Special Envoy for Ethiopia says Saudi Arabia has ‘important role’ to play in Africa

EU Special Envoy for Ethiopia says Saudi Arabia has ‘important role’ to play in Africa

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, The EU Envoy for Ethiopia emphasised the importance of international co-operation to bring the conflict in the Tigray region to an end. Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s foreign minister, said it is important that the EU works with Saudi Arabia, given it has “good relations with all parties in the whole of Africa”.
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MEPs: "The future of EU-Georgia relations is at stake"

MEPs: "The future of EU-Georgia relations is at stake"

Seven Members of the European Parliament have published a joint statement in response to Georgian politicians' inability to reach an agreement to resolve the country's political crisis this week under the mediation of the President of the European Council’s Personal Envoy, Christian Danielsson.
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Washington supports Morocco-Polisario talks

Washington supports Morocco-Polisario talks

The new United States Administration has finally clarified its position on the conflict in Western Sahara between Morocco and the Sahrawi movement, the Polisario Front. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken earlier this week emphasised US support for political negotiations between Morocco and the Polisario over the future of the territory.