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Biden Administration to reportedly initiate dialogue with Taliban

Biden Administration to reportedly initiate dialogue with Taliban

  • The Biden Administration's Afghanistan negotiator has begun a diplomatic trip, which will reportedly include the first meeting of the new administration with the Taliban.
  • The State Department did not immediately provide comment on the agenda Zalmay Khalilzad is bringing to the Taliban, which belatedly resumed peace talks with the U.S. client Afghan government last week.
Published 01 Mar, 2021 07:18pm
IPRI hosts distinguished lecture series on Afghan Peace Process
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IPRI hosts distinguished lecture series on Afghan Peace Process

  • On Friday, the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) hosted the distinguished lecture series on the "Afghan Peace Process: The Contours, Implementation, and Contemporary Status” by Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mansoor Ahmad Khan.
  • While discussing the dynamics of the Afghan Peace Process, Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan noted that there are three parties to ensure a durable peace process in Afghanistan, which include the United States, the Taliban and the Afghan Republic.
Updated 26 Feb, 2021 05:07pm
President Biden to focus on COVID-19, China, at his first G7 summit
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President Biden to focus on COVID-19, China, at his first G7 summit

  • In his upcoming meeting with world leaders from the G-7, President Joe Biden plans to focus on the global response to the pandemic, according to the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday.
  • The Trump Administration held a volatile relationship with China, placing tariffs on Chinese goods and blocking supplies to Chinese telecommunications companies; while Biden as repeatedly taken aim at China for its treatment of the minority Uyghur community.
Updated 19 Feb, 2021 01:26pm
NATO says will not withdraw forces from Afghanistan ‘before time is right’
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NATO says will not withdraw forces from Afghanistan ‘before time is right’

  • According to Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, the multilateral military alliance will not withdraw its forces from Afghanistan "before the time is right", after nearly two decades of involvement in the country's fight against terrorism.
  • The NATO Chief made these comments ahead of a virtual conference this week, which will signify the alliance's highest-level talks with the Biden Administration, after four years of tense relations under President Trump.
Updated 16 Feb, 2021 02:34pm
Iran says it will end snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met
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Iran says it will end snap IAEA inspections if nuclear deal terms not met

  • Iran said on Monday it will block snap inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog this month if other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal fail to fulfil their obligations, a challenge to U.S. President Joe Biden’s hope of reviving the accord.
  • The Biden administration aims to return the United States to the nuclear deal, which then-President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018. Under the deal, Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.
Published 15 Feb, 2021 03:56pm
President Biden will not lift sanctions on Iran to bring them to the negotiating table
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President Biden will not lift sanctions on Iran to bring them to the negotiating table

  • President Joe Biden has stated that the United States will not lift economic sanctions on Iran, in order to bring Tehran back to the negotiating table for the revival of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
  • While Biden has said that he will seek to revive the deal, he insisted that Iran must first reverse its uranium enrichment, creating a tight contest between the two nations.
Updated 08 Feb, 2021 11:41am
Biden to raise current U.S. refugee cap from historic lows
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Biden to raise current U.S. refugee cap from historic lows

  • U.S. President Joe Biden plans to raise the refugee cap for the current fiscal year to 62,500, a sharp increase from the 15,000 set by former President Donald Trump, two people familiar with the move told Reuters on Friday.
  • The allocations will create spots for 22,000 refugees from Africa, 6,000 from East Asia, 4,000 from Europe and Central Asia, 5,000 from Latin America and the Caribbean, and 13,000 from South Asia.
Published 06 Feb, 2021 07:12pm
Former Obama aide Malley named Biden's top envoy on Iran: official
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Former Obama aide Malley named Biden's top envoy on Iran: official

  • President Joe Biden has named Robert Malley as special U.S. envoy for Iran, a senior official said on Thursday, giving the veteran diplomat a leading role in one of most daunting and politically divisive foreign policy challenges facing the new administration.
  • Malley was a key member of former President Barack Obama’s team that negotiated the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran and world powers.
Published 29 Jan, 2021 10:00am
House Democrats deliver Trump impeachment charge to Senate
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House Democrats deliver Trump impeachment charge to Senate

  • he U.S. House of Representatives delivered to the Senate on Monday a charge that former President Donald Trump incited insurrection in a speech to supporters before the deadly attack on the Capitol.
  • Trump, a Republican, is the only U.S. president to have been impeached by the House twice and is set to become the first to face trial after leaving office. His term ended last Wednesday.
Published 26 Jan, 2021 08:24pm
Israel and Saudi Arabia aim to push Biden away from the Iran nuclear deal
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Israel and Saudi Arabia aim to push Biden away from the Iran nuclear deal

  • The strategic re-alignment of Israel with major allies in the Middle East in the final days of the Trump Administration presents the Biden Administration with some significant complications.
  • Israel has been reportedly working very closely with Saudi Arabia, and a confluence of other allies in the Middle East, that are concerned that the Biden Administration will return to the original stipulations of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Updated 26 Jan, 2021 11:54am
South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge
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South China Sea tension flares again as Biden takes charge

  • A U.S. aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt entered the South China Sea over the weekend to promote “freedom of the seas” at a time of U.S. concern about China-Taiwan tensions and Beijing asserting its maritime agenda.
  • Taiwan, meanwhile, reported an incursion of Chinese bombers and fighter jets into its air defence identification zone.
Published 25 Jan, 2021 12:46pm
Biden Administration to review U.S-Taliban deal
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Biden Administration to review U.S-Taliban deal

  • The United States will review the peace agreement reached with the Taliban, according to an announcement from the White House.
  • Washington wants to check that the Taliban is “living up to its commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence in Afghanistan, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan government and other stakeholders”.
Updated 23 Jan, 2021 08:25pm