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International partners pledge support to Libya ahead of December presidential elections

International partners pledge support to Libya ahead of December presidential elections

On Thursday (21 October), Libya's transitional government hosted various foreign officials in Tripoli to garner support for the transition process.  Around 30 delegations participated in the Libya Stabilization Conference including those representing the United Nations, European Union, African Union and the Arab League.

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Sudan will hand over ex-president Omar Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court

Sudan will hand over ex-president Omar Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court

“The Council of Ministers has decided to hand over the wanted people to the ICC,” the Sudanese foreign minister, Mariam Al-Mahdi, said on Wednesday (11 August), according to the official SUNA news agency. This was announced during her meeting with the new chief prosecutor of the Court in The Hague, Karim Khan, who is visiting Sudan's capital, Khartoum, this week.
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Opinion: Under President Raisi, Iran remains very interested in the South Caucasus, and in remaining a player in the region

Opinion: Under President Raisi, Iran remains very interested in the South Caucasus, and in remaining a player in the region

The presence in Tehran of the Armenian prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan, for the inauguration of incoming-president Ebrahim Raisi underscored the significance of relations with Iran for Armenia in the post-2020 Karabakh war context, writes Benyamin Poghosyan in this op-ed where he also discusses Iran's deep interest in the South Caucasus region.
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EU to hold a meeting of Home Affairs to discuss migration issue at the Lithuanian-Belarus border

EU to hold a meeting of Home Affairs to discuss migration issue at the Lithuanian-Belarus border

In July, Lithuania declared a state of emergency due to the sudden increased influx of migrants from Belarus. According to Lithuanian politicians, the number of flights between Belarus and Afghanistan has increased as part of a strategy to push more migrants towards Lithuania.
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Opinion: Azerbaijan expects the EU to be more balanced in its policies toward the South Caucasus

Opinion: Azerbaijan expects the EU to be more balanced in its policies toward the South Caucasus

Whilst the EU is seen as a valuable partner for Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus, Baku has several concerns over perceived inconsistencies. In this op-ed for commonspace.eu, Vasif Huseynov says Azerbaijan welcomes Brussels playing a more active role in the region but argues that it must maintain balance in its relations with each of the countries.
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Uncertainty around the negotiations with Iran on nuclear deal as new president prepares to take over in Tehran

Uncertainty around the negotiations with Iran on nuclear deal as new president prepares to take over in Tehran

Several challenges sour the path of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the JCPOA countries. The last round of talks in Vienna concluded on 20 June with all draft deals rejected. Chief US negotiator Robert Maley said that "there is a real risk that they [Iran] are making unrealistic demands about what they can achieve in these talks." 
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It's that Vladimir again

It's that Vladimir again

Azerbaijan has issued a diplomatic demarche to Russia following an outburst of criticism by Russian maverick politician, Vladimir Zhirinovski. The Russian Charge' d'affairs in Baku was summoned to the foreign ministry on Sunday morning and handed a protest note following comments made on air by Zhirinovski during an interview on July 30 on Komsomolskaya Pravda radio station.
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Commentary: The EU reinforces its position in the South Caucasus before the upcoming EaP Summit

Commentary: The EU reinforces its position in the South Caucasus before the upcoming EaP Summit

In preparation for its Eastern Partnership Summit (EaP) in December, and after drastic regional shifts, the EU is trying hard to improve its position in the South Caucasus. In this commentary for commonspace.eu, Mahammad Mammadov unpacks the EU's strategy in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, looking at what can be gleaned from its recent high-profile visits to the region and billions in newly declared financial assistance.
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Battlefronts back to stalemate as peace continues to elude Yemen

Battlefronts back to stalemate as peace continues to elude Yemen

The recent battle that erupted in Al-Baydah, centre of Yemen, has simmered like its counterpart in Marib. Groups and formations fighting the Houthis on the battlefront failed to garner sufficient support to withhold the recent gains by the legitimate government of Yemen allowing the Houthis to recapture some of the areas lost by them in the past few weeks.