Global Leaders No Overjoyed with Idea of ‘Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’ — First steps on North Korea, Iran, China will be Key

By Nirmal Ghosh US Bureau Chief In Washington The Straits Times Move signals a State Department more in line with US President’s hardline tack to challenges abroad The replacement of Secretar…

Source: Global Leaders No Overjoyed with Idea of ‘Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’ — First steps on North Korea, Iran, China will be Key

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Cancels U.S. Trip After Tillerson, Pompeo Move — Turkey Now Aligned More With Russia

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu meets with his Russian counterpart during a meeting in Moscow (AFP Photo) Daily Sabah Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s March 19 trip to Washington and the…

Source: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Cancels U.S. Trip After Tillerson, Pompeo Move — Turkey Now Aligned More With Russia

Qatar creates self-reliance plan to counter Gulf Arab boycott – Middle East Affairs

By Middle East Affairs Reuters reports that Qatar launched Wednesday a five-year development plan to become more self-reliant, as it’s been facing a boycott from other Arab states since last June. Titled the National Development Strategy for 2018-2022, the plan pledges to “rationalize energy consumption and encourage development of renewable energy while raising self-sufficiency levels […]

Source: Qatar creates self-reliance plan to counter Gulf Arab boycott – Middle East Affairs

Iran, Qatar diplomacy deepens – Middle East Affairs

By Middle East Affairs The Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Ali Reza Tangsiri has announced that Iran has “support” for the Qatari government, according to UAE-based the National newspaper. The “ground is ready for development of co-operation with Qatar and we are doing our best to have stronger relations with Doha,” the Deputy Commander of the […]

Source: Iran, Qatar diplomacy deepens – Middle East Affairs

World Bank: Gaza needs trade, not just aid – Middle East Affairs

By Middle East Affairs The economy in the Gaza Strip cannot survive on international aid alone, but needs Israel and Egypt to lift the blockades and allow free trade, Reuters reports the World Bank said on Thursday. “The (Gaza) economy cannot survive without being connected to the outside world,” it said in a 46-page report. […]

Source: World Bank: Gaza needs trade, not just aid – Middle East Affairs

Syria civil war: Anti-Assad Rebels say, “We have paid a huge price in this war. When we have sacrificed so much, we cannot stop now.”

With new offensives in Afrin and Eastern Ghouta, 2018 has already witnessed one of the bloodiest chapters in a war that shows no signs of slowing down By Bethan McKernan Beirut The Independent Civi…

Source: Syria civil war: Anti-Assad Rebels say, “We have paid a huge price in this war. When we have sacrificed so much, we cannot stop now.”