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EU to Georgia: Sort out your political issues

EU to Georgia: Sort out your political issues

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, "underlined the vital importance of Georgian political parties finding common ground on the current political situation" in a meeting on Thursday (21 January) with visiting Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili.

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GCC: cooperation key in facing current challenges

GCC: cooperation key in facing current challenges

The forty-first session of the Supreme Council of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf will be held tomorrow in Al-Ula Governorate, in Saudi Arabia.  The summit is expected to provide a real opportunity to overcome a number of challenges facing the region, the most important of which is the unity of the Gulf  states efforts to confront the pandemic and restore economic growth for the countries of the region.
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Sweden takes over chairmanship of the OSCE

Sweden takes over chairmanship of the OSCE

“Our priorities as Chair will be to emphasize the fundamental tasks of the OSCE; defending the European security order, upholding the OSCE concept of comprehensive security and to contribute to resolving the conflicts in our region", said incoming OSCE Chairperson Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.
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New chapter in EU-UK relations

New chapter in EU-UK relations

Charles Michel, President of the European Council: "On major issues, the European Union stands ready to work shoulder to shoulder with the United Kingdom. This will be the case on climate change, ahead of the COP 26 in Glasgow, and on the global response to pandemics, in particular with a possible treaty on pandemics. On foreign affairs, we will seek cooperation on specific issues based on shared values and interests."
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Transnistria ready for negotiations with new Moldovan president

Transnistria ready for negotiations with new Moldovan president

Following last week's swearing-in of the new president of Moldova, Maia Sandu, speculation has increased about the future of talks with the country's break-away region of Transnistria. Sandu is expected to discuss the issue with the Ukrainian leadership when she pays her first official visit overseas as president, visiting Kiev.
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Cancelled Summit reflects underlying strains in India-Russia relations

Cancelled Summit reflects underlying strains in India-Russia relations

The annual India-Russia summit will not take place this year for the first time in twenty years amid speculation of tensions in the relationship. Whilst Russian and Indian diplomats have been emphasising that it is business as usual, others are pointing at a new geo-political reality that is straining the long historical friendship between the two countries.
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Saudi Arabia reflects on its role as "elder sister" within GCC

Saudi Arabia reflects on its role as "elder sister" within GCC

The next summit of the leaders of the six GCC countries is expected to be held in Saudi Arabia in the first week of January 2021. The GCC has been in crisis since a rift emerged between Qatar and three other members - Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain. Thanks to Kuwait mediation it is hoped the rift can be healed ahead of the summit, allowing the GCC to resume its work.