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  • On rare Israel visit, Egyptian FM calls for 2-state solution

    07/10/2016 1:03:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 10, 2016 2:41 PM EDT | Daniella Cheslow and Mohammed Daraghmeh
    Egypt’s foreign minister paid a rare visit to Israel on Sunday, saying that his country remains a “steadfast and unwavering” supporter of a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians but warning that conditions for achieving that are deteriorating. Sameh Shoukry’s trip was the first official visit to Israel since 2007 and reflected the strong but low-profile ties that have developed between the two countries in recent years. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Shoukry’s visit was aimed at reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. …
  • NYT rages against Bibi's pick of Dore Gold for Foreign Minister

    05/27/2015 7:45:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 5/27/2015 | Leo Rennert
    In a lengthy May 26 article, Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief, goes apoplectic over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s selection of Dore Gold to run Israel’s foreign ministry. The headline and the lead paragraph immediately signal to readers that Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, is disastrous for Israel’s diplomacy –“Netanyahu Appoints Hawkish Ally to Run foreign policy” – buttressed by Rudoren’s own depiction of Gold as a Bibi confidant who is “hawkish on Iran and the Palestinian issue.”
  • Dr. Zarif, Iran's Foreign Minister's Response to the Letter of US Senators

    03/10/2015 8:48:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that "in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history. This indicates that like Netanyahu, who considers peace as an existential threat, some are opposed to any agreement, regardless of its content....
  • EU leaders pick Italian as bloc’s new top diplomat

    08/30/2014 12:13:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 30, 2014 3:06 PM EDT | Juergen Baetz
    European Union leaders on Saturday picked Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, to become the 28-nation bloc’s top diplomat for the next five years. The decision comes as the crisis at the EU’s eastern border pitting Ukraine against Russia poses one of the biggest foreign policy challenges for the bloc in decades. […] Mogherini, a 41-year-old center-left politician, has been Italy’s foreign minister only since February, drawing criticism that she lacks experience. A first attempt to secure Mogherini’s nomination in June failed amid resistance from eastern European leaders. …
  • 'The Russian world is uniting' (WARNING: HOT PICS ALERT)

    03/24/2014 11:48:33 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Da ^ | 03/23/2014 | Will Stewart
    Inflammatory language: Nina Shtanski, foreign minister of Transdniestria The glamorous foreign minister of a breakaway region of Moldova is calling on Vladimir Putin to make her country his next conquest in eastern Europe. Few may have heard of Transdniestria, the unofficial and fictitious-sounding statelet whose head of international relations is 36-year-old Nina Shtanski. However, senior Western figures are alarmed that following the annexation of Crimea it is step two in a Kremlin masterplan to redraw the frontiers of Europe. This top diplomat in staunchly pro-Russian Transdniestria, who has a penchant for revealing black dresses, is gushing in her praise of...
  • Jordan’s FM Rejects Recognizing Israel as Jewish State

    02/02/2014 9:10:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 2/3/2014, 4:45 AM | Elad Benari
    Jordan’s Foreign Minister said Sunday that he was against recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, the Jordanian website Ammon News reports. The minister, Nasser Judeh, also rejected the idea of Jordan being an alternative home for Palestinian Arabs. …
  • Foreign minister attacks ‘brainless’ euroskeptics (Germany)

    01/09/2014 10:06:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 09 Jan 2014 11:58 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Thursday that the economic crisis in Europe could still prove “dangerous” for the EU by encouraging political forces hostile to the bloc. Steinmeier also dismissed euroskeptics, who have gained political ground over the EU debt crisis, as “brainless”. “I am concerned about the situation in our union,” he told Ta Nea daily ahead of visit to Greece. “The crisis in public finances is not over yet… the economic crisis could activate centrifugal political forces that could prove dangerous to the European Union as a whole.” …
  • Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa defects

    03/30/2011 4:07:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 03/30/11 | Andy Bloxham
    Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa defects Moussa Koussa, the Libyan foreign minister, last night defected from Col Muammar Gaddafi's government after flying to Britain, telling officials he was "no longer willing" to serve the regime. By Andy Bloxham, and Damien McElroy 11:11PM BST 30 Mar 2011 Mr Koussa flew from Tunisia, where he had been on a diplomatic mission, and landed at Farnborough airport before being shuttled to London for immediate talks with high-ranking Foreign Office officials. Mr Koussa was one of the leading figures in Col Gaddafi's government and one of the architects of Libya's recent rehabilitation in the...
  • Baroness Ashton denies taking funds for CND from Soviet Union(EU foreign minister)

    11/25/2009 8:37:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 677+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 11/26/09 | David Charter
    November 26, 2009 Baroness Ashton denies taking funds for CND from Soviet Union Baroness Ashton of Upholland’s past came back to haunt her yesterday when the European Union’s new foreign affairs chief was forced to deny taking funds from the Soviet Union during her days as treasurer for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Lady Ashton, a surprise choice for her post, was challenged to deny that she had contact with Russian sources while she was in charge of its accounts at the height of the Cold War. The Times has learnt that concerns about her CND involvement are felt across...
  • Russia could prosecute Lugovoi if Britain provides proof: (Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov)

    08/03/2007 2:02:46 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 237+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/07 | AFP
    MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia could prosecute businessman and former Soviet KGB agent Andrei Lugovoi in the Litvinenko affair if Britain provides "proof" of his guilt, Russia's foreign minister said Friday. If the British "have proof that has 100 percent convinced them of Lugovoi's guilt, we are ready to receive it and study it," Sergei Lavrov said, cited by Interfax news agency from Beijing. At the same time, he said Russia did not intend to exchange Lugovoi for Russian businessman and Kremlin critic Boris Berezovsky, who currently lives in London and is wanted in Russia on various charges of fraud. "For...
  • U.S. still top British ally: new foreign minister

    07/14/2007 4:10:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 718+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/14/07 | Paul Majendie
    LONDON (Reuters) - New British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, seeking to squash speculation that London may distance itself from Washington over Iraq, has insisted the U.S. is still Britain's number one ally. Since Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair as British prime minister last month, he has been at pains to stress there is no cooling off in Anglo-American relations -- but two of his ministers offered mixed signals. Development Secretary Douglas Alexander said in a speech in Washington that while Britain stood beside the United States in fighting terrorism, isolationism did not work in an interdependent world. Then...
  • North Korean Foreign Minister dies

    01/03/2007 4:26:02 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 9 replies · 363+ views
    North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun has died, Pyongyang's official media reports. The reclusive country's top diplomat for much of the past decade of confrontation over its nuclear ambitions had been ailing for some time. The 77-year-old had been foreign minister since September, 1998. His last major appearance on the public stage, at an Asian foreign ministers' meeting in Kuala Lumpur in July, saw him being wheeled around on a golf cart. The South Korean Government says Mr Paek had largely been relegated to a behind-the-scenes role in recent years due to his ailing health. He had turned over nuclear...
  • Chavez: U.S. Detained Foreign Minister

    09/23/2006 5:07:43 PM PDT · by jdm · 8 replies · 542+ views
    AP via ABC News ^ | Sept 23, 2006
    CARACAS, Venezuela Sep 23, 2006 (AP)— President Hugo Chavez said his foreign minister was detained by U.S. authorities at a New York airport Saturday for more than hour as he tried to return to the South American country. Chavez told Venezuela's state TV broadcaster that U.S. officials alleged that Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro had links to a failed coup that Chavez led in Venezuela in 1992. "They have held him accusing him of participating in terrorist acts here," Chavez said in Venezuela. "He didn't even participate in that patriotic rebellion." Both Venezuelan politicians were in New York this week attending...
  • Iran's foreign minister to visit Iraq 26 May

    05/26/2006 2:32:33 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 159+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | May 26 2006
    Text of report in English by Iranian Fars News Agency website Tehran (Fars News Agency): Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki is to leave for Baghdad on Friday [26 May]. The visit is aimed at discussing bilateral relations and exchanging views on different issues of mutual interest. In addition to a meeting with his counterpart, Mottaki is also to hold talks with Iraqi President [Jalal Talabani] and Prime Minister [Nuri al-Maliki]. The Iranian foreign minister was scheduled to visit Baghdad last week but the visit was later postponed due to the incomplete process of the appointment of all ministers in the...
  • Iran's FM turns Annan's attention to US' human rights violations

    12/17/2005 10:42:38 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 511+ views
    IRNA ^ | Saturday December 17, 2005
    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Friday, in a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, voiced Iran's concern over the increasing human rights violations of the US and Islamophobia in the West. In a letter to the UN secretary-general submitted by Iran's Permanent Mission to the UN, Mottaki criticized the US for its hidden prisons established all over the world, particularly in European states, and its use of torture in the interrogation of prisoners in such prisons, particularly terrorist suspects, as well as the increase in Islamophobia and mistreatment of Muslims in the West. Mottaki, in his letter, also called...
  • Former Indian FM resigns over Iraq oil-for-food scandal

    12/06/2005 11:15:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 643+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/6/05 | AFP
    NEW DELHI, India (AFP) - Former Indian foreign minister Natwar Singh resigned from the cabinet in the wake of charges that he and the ruling Congress party skimmed the UN oil-for-food scheme in Iraq. "I reiterate that I am completely innocent.... However, I do not wish to be the excuse for opposition to stall the parliament. Hence I have decided to tender my resignation from the cabinet," Singh told reporters. He said that he had not violated any law in "letter or spirit." Singh was removed from the foreign ministry last month pending an inquiry into a UN report naming...
  • Robin Cook

    08/06/2005 7:58:18 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 18 replies · 736+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6 August 2005 | AP
    Robin Cook LONDON (AP) -- Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, who quit Prime Minister Tony Blair's Cabinet in 2003 to protest the Iraq war, died Saturday after collapsing on a Scottish mountain while walking with his wife. He was 59. Scotland's Northern Constabulary said Cook collapsed on Ben Stack mountain in the Scottish Highlands. He was taken by coast guard helicopter to a hospital in Inverness, where he was pronounced dead. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, filling in for a vacationing Blair, said Cook was "the greatest parliamentarian of his generation." "He also made an enormous contribution to British...
  • China threatens Iceland

    07/03/2005 6:17:26 PM PDT · by em2vn · 20 replies · 1,018+ views
    iceland review ^ | 07-01-05 | staff
    The Chinese government has objected to the visit and threatened to take measures against the Icelandic government that would effect the diplomatic relationship between the two nations. According to Iceland State Radio, RÚV, on hearing of the planned visited, China's ambassador in Iceland met with Iceland's foregin minister, Davíð Oddsson, declaring that the visit, seen as part of a political war with China, would have serious consequences. The Icelandic Foreign Ministry reiterated that it recognized only one China, the People's Republic of China, and said that Chen's visit did not change that. According to news from the Foreign Ministry yesterday,...
  • Proposition 200 and Mexico's War on Arizona

    02/04/2005 8:52:37 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 76 replies · 1,446+ views
    By far the most dramatic menace to this nation’s future and safety emanates from the cauldrons of Islamist extremism. But Americans are also in danger of losing their country on another front. A far larger incursion into the American homeland is being carried out via its southern border. Though an ongoing problem for many years, its instigators now apparently believe they are ready to take their attack to the next level. During a January 28 radio interview, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez has threatened the State of Arizona with legal action through the international courts in order to overturn...
  • From leaky roofs to secret agents (THE SADDAM FILES)

    05/05/2003 5:04:29 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 750+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | May 6, 2003 | David Blair
    From leaky roofs to secret agents: how the files I found in Iraq's looted foreign ministry cast light on the paranoid world of Saddam Hussein How many Iraqi officials does it take to fix the leaky roof of a diplomat's house in London? How long does a skilled translator need to convert one of George Galloway's parliamentary speeches into Arabic? In almost 1, 000 pages of Arabic prose, each stamped with the Eagle crest of Iraq, the files found inside the foreign ministry in Baghdad cast a somewhat surreal light on the questions that turned the bureaucratic wheels of Saddam...
  • U.S. drops top Iraqi general from most-wanted list (Did He Strike A Deal Over Baghdad?)

    04/25/2003 8:39:14 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 7 replies · 432+ views
    The World Tribune ^ | 23 April, 2003
    U.S. drops top Iraqi general from most-wanted list SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COMThursday, April 24, 2003 The United States has left out the commander of President Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard from a list of most wanted Iraqis. Gen. Maher Sufian does not appear on the U.S. list of 55 most wanted Iraqis. Sufian was commander of the six Republican Guard units responsible for the defense of Baghdad. The absence of Sufian from the U.S. list has sparked claims that the Republican Guard commander struck a deal with the U.S.-led coalition. Arab diplomatic sources said Sufian is believed to have...
  • Philippine Foreign Secretary Dies in Taiwan -Sources

    12/13/2003 8:49:45 PM PST · by yonif · 9 replies · 133+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 13, 2003
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Philippine Foreign Secretary Blas Ople died in Taiwan on Sunday after falling ill on a foreign trip and his aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing, Philippine diplomatic sources said. The plane, flying to the Middle East, was diverted to Taiwan after Ople developed trouble breathing, said the source, who declined to be identified. No other details were immediately available. Ople had accompanied President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on a visit to Japan on Friday and was on his way to Bangkok on his way to the Middle East on Saturday when he fell ill.
  • Lindh Murder Suspect Cares About 'Injustice'

    10/10/2003 10:01:09 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 11 replies · 167+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | October 10, 2003 | Stephen Brown
    The man suspected of killing Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh is 24, the son of immigrants from former Yugoslavia, is not interested in weapons, does not take drugs and cares about "injustice." Documents released to Reuters on Friday by an appeals court, following an ethical debate about naming a man who has not yet been charged and maintains his innocence, gave no clues to any motive for the knife attack a month ago on 46-year-old Lindh. The man, arrested two weeks ago, is named as Mijailo Mijailovic, born in Sweden in 1978. He spent a few years at school in...
  • Iraqi foreign minister says visit to Cairo was "very" successful

    09/13/2003 4:19:50 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 218+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | September 13 2003 | Kurdistan Satellite TV, Salah-al-Din
    After his first mission as the haed of Iraqi diplomacy in the post-dictatorial regime phase in Iraq, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari returned to Baghdad after taking part in the Arab League meeting, at which it was decided to accept Iraq's resumption of its seat at the league. In a statement to Kurdistan Satellite TV in Baghdad, he said that his visit to the Egyptian capital was successful. [Reporter - recording] After an effective and successful participation by Iraqi diplomacy, led by the son of Kurdistan Hoshyar Zebari, in the Arab League conference in Cairo and after the warm welcome accorded...
  • Swedish Foreign Minister Dies of Injuries

    09/11/2003 7:08:39 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 9 replies · 199+ views
    ap ^ | sept 11, 2003 | MATT MOORE
    STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, touted as a future prime minister, died Thursday from multiple stab wounds, the second Swedish politician to be murdered in the Scandinavian country in 17 years in a rare act of public violence. Lindh, 46, died at 5:29 a.m. after 10 hours of surgery for severe internal bleeding and wounds to her stomach and liver after she was knifed in an upscale Stockholm department store Wednesday by an unknown assailant. Police didn't believe the attack was politically motivated, despite the fact that it came just three days before Swedes vote in...
  • US has failed in Iraq, says (German Foreign Minister)Fischer (EUROWEENIE BARF ALERT!)

    09/10/2003 11:41:37 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 41 replies · 1,828+ views
    Expatica ^ | 9/9/03
    BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer asserted Wednesday that US policy in Iraq had failed while calling for German-American ties to be redefined on the basis of equal partners. "The American domino theory under which a liberated Iraq was supposed to stabilise the Middle East and democratise one country after another has not proven right," said Fischer in an interview with the news magazine Stern. He added: "The decisive question now is whether a strategy which has not worked will be replaced by one that can." Fischer said Germany wanted a swift handover of sovereignty in Baghdad to Iraqi...
  • Saudi Arabia Blasts 'Deaf' U.S. Congressmen

    08/06/2003 11:24:42 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 5 replies · 259+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/6/03 | Staff
    Saudi Arabia Blasts 'Deaf' U.S. Congressmen JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia bitterly criticized on Wednesday a U.S. congressional report that implied the kingdom's complicity in the September 11, 2001 attacks. "How can Saudi Arabia be the main country fighting terrorism now and exchanging information that saved lives of people in the United States and at the same time assist terrorism? How is that possible?" Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal asked. "This is illogical and unacceptable," he told a news conference in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah. "We have answered many questions, whether on fighting terrorism or funding...
  • Shalom Accuses Int´l Organizations Of Harboring Terrorists

    05/24/2003 12:03:24 PM PDT · by yonif · 2 replies · 230+ views
    "Most of the international civil rights movements with offices in Gaza give refuge to Palestinian terrorist activists." So said this morning Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, in an appearance before the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He also said, "Abu Mazen won't be able to hide behind the excuse of Arafat for very long. It's up to him. If he doesn't do what he's supposed to, stop incitement in the official press and school system, he is liable to find himself in the same position as Arafat." Shalom told reporters afterwards that Abu Mazen had better start acting, and that...
  • French FM to meet Arafat (UPDATE)

    05/23/2003 11:44:35 AM PDT · by yonif · 8 replies · 170+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May. 23, 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin will meet with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat on Monday at his headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah, the French Foreign Ministry announced Friday. De Villepin will meet with Arafat, PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and Nabil Shaath, de Villepin's counterpart, a ministry official said. De Villepin will also meet with Palestinian officials in Jerusalem. The meeting with Arafat was to come on the second day of a trip to the Middle East, that begins Sunday, when de Villepin is scheduled to meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom. The...
  • Sharon cancels planned meeting with French FM

    05/22/2003 9:36:30 PM PDT · by yonif · 9 replies · 170+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May. 23, 2003 | HERB KEINON
    French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin has not even arrived yet, but his trip is already off to a rocky start. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who was originally scheduled to meet the French foreign minister soon after his arrival on Sunday, decided to cancel the meeting, apparently because de Villepin is intent on going ahead with a meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. De Villepin is slated to meet Arafat, as well as PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), Monday in Ramallah. A senior Israeli diplomatic official said Wednesday it would not be "good form" for Sharon, who...
  • Tariq Aziz in custody!

    04/24/2003 1:38:39 PM PDT · by Charlie OK · 261 replies · 425+ views
    ABC radio
    ABC reporting Tariq Aziz is in custody!
  • Israeli foreign minister off on first visit to Turkey's new government

    04/13/2003 7:53:03 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 178+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | April 13 2003 | The Jerusalem Post
    Text of report by Herb Keinon, entitled "Shalom flies to Turkey", published in English by Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post web site on 13 April Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom is to visit Turkey for a one-day meeting on Sunday [13 April] likely to deal with ways to mend the strained US-Turkish relationship. This will be the first visit of an Israeli minister to Turkey since the Islamic-based Justice and Development Party (AKP) was elected last November. The meeting, initiated by the Turks, was characterized by one ministry official as "very important". It is Shalom's second visit abroad as minister, after...
  • German foreign minister supports regime change in Iraq in clear turnaround

    04/07/2003 11:23:21 AM PDT · by yonif · 50 replies · 286+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 4/7/2003 | STEPHEN GRAHAM
    BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said Wednesday that he hoped Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s regime would collapse quickly, marking a bold turnaround from previous opposition in the anti-war German government to regime change as a goal of the U.S.-led campaign. "We hope the regime will collapse as soon as possible and we'll have no further loss of life — civilians or soldiers," Fischer said before a meeting with his British counterpart, Jack Straw at a luxury hotel in Berlin's Grunewald suburb. Both foreign ministers stressed common ground in Europe on Iraq (news - web sites) —...
  • South Korean foreign minister on crucial mission to US

    03/25/2003 1:50:07 PM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 160+ views
    The Times of India ^ | March 25 2003 | Reuters
    SEOUL: South Korea's foreign minister visits Washington this week when he will seek a common strategy with the United States to try to resolve the impasse over North Korea's suspected nuclear ambitions. In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, the eve of his departure, Yoon Young-kwan also said a planned summit later this year between South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and President George W Bush would be of "fundamental importance" to the 50-year-old alliance between the two countries. "I hope through my meetings with various high-level officials in charge of foreign policy and national security, our two sides will be...
  • No Legal Grounds For War On Iraq: Russian FM (didn't stop them from invading Afghanistan)

    03/17/2003 10:26:20 AM PST · by knighthawk · 44 replies · 294+ views
    Islam Online ^ | March 17 2003
    MOSCOW, March 17 ( & News Agencies) - An attack on Iraq has no legal basis under existing United Nations Security Council resolutions, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Monday, March 17. "Resolution 1441 does not give anyone the right to an automatic use of force," Russia's top diplomat said in an official statement before departing for New York. "Russia believes that the Iraqi problem should be regulated by the Security Council, which carries the main responsibility for ensuring international security." Ivanov was apparently commenting on the war trio’s - U.S., Britain, and Spain - argument that existing Security Council...
  • Information on Silvan Shalom, the New Israeli Foreign Minister

    03/03/2003 11:17:45 AM PST · by yonif · 3 replies · 158+ views
            Silvan Shalom, MKMinister of Foreign Affairs (Likud)       Silvan Shalom was born in Tunisia in 1958 and immigrated to Israel in 1959. He holds a degrees in Economics (B.A.) and Accounting (C.P.A.) from Ben-Gurion University, as well as a law degree (L.L.B.) and an M.A. in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University. He is a journalist by profession. 1990 Director-General of the Ministry of Energy 1990-1992 Chairman of the Board of the Israel Electric Company 1992-1993 Deputy Chairman of the Public Council of Youth Exchange 1992 Elected to the Knesset 1992-1996 Member of...
  • (Former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin) Netanyahu Considering Taking Ministry Of Finance

    02/26/2003 10:23:56 AM PST · by anotherview · 293+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 26 February 2003
    Netanyahu Considering Taking Ministry Of Finance "If Sharon tries to depose Netanyahu, it will lead to World War III in the party." So said Uzi Cohen, a leading member of the Likud Central Committee, to Arutz-7 today. A few minutes later, it was reported that Ariel Sharon had in fact decided to replace Foreign Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with Silvan Shalom. Netanyahu, after rejecting Sharon's offer to name him Finance Minister in place of Shalom, apparently changed his mind a few hours later and was considering accepting the post. But let's start at the beginning: Once the Likud completed its negotiations...
  • FM Netanyahu on Decision of the Supreme Court of Belgium

    02/14/2003 12:39:36 PM PST · by yonif · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Following today's (Feb 12) ruling of the Supreme Court of Belgium, Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he has decided to recall the Ambassador of Israel in Brussels, Mr. Yehudi Kenar, to Israel for consultations. In addition, Foreign Minister Netanyahu will summon the Ambassador of Belgium to the Foreign Ministry for urgent discussions tomorrow (Feb 13). Mr. Netanyahu stated that the decision of the Belgian Court is scandalous, and that it legitimates terror and harms those who fight terrorism. "It is all topsy-turvy - those that fight terrorism have become the accused and the terrorists have become victors." The Foreign...
  • Fischer: Past no bearing on present

    02/12/2003 3:24:47 PM PST · by demlosers · 2 replies · 266+ views
    cnn ^ | January 16, 2001
    <p>BERLIN, Germany -- German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has said that neither his testimony in a kidnap trial nor his radical past should affect his current standing.</p> <p>He was speaking outside a Frankfurt court on Tuesday after giving evidence in the trial of former fellow radical, 52-year-old Hans-Joachim Klein.</p>
  • Former Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban dies at 87

    11/17/2002 9:46:10 AM PST · by TheConservator · 3 replies · 163+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 11/17/2002 | Ha'aretz
    Former Foreign Minister Abba Eban, who helped convince the United Nations to approve creation of the State of Israel in 1947 and defended its policies for decades afterward, died Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87. Eban, born Aubrey Solomon Meir in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 2, 1915, immigrated to Israel in 1946 after serving a short stint in the British intelligence corps during World War Two. Eban served as Israel's UN ambassador and envoy to the United States when the state was created, and was the country's foreign minister from 1966 to 1974, one of the most...
  • Netanyahu Could Become Israeli Foreign Minister

    11/01/2002 9:41:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 213+ views ^ | 11/01/02 | Jeffrey Heller
    November 01, 2002 09:04 AM ET By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon planned on Friday to ask his main rival in the right-wing Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu, to become foreign minister in the narrow government he hopes to form, Israel Radio said. Spokesmen for the two men declined to comment on the report, which said Sharon and Netanyahu, a hawkish former prime minister who advocates a harder line against a two-year-old Palestinian uprising, would meet later in the day at Sharon's ranch. Netanyahu, 53, popularly known as "Bibi," has said he would challenge Sharon...
  • Iraqi Foreign Minister visits China

    08/26/2002 3:27:03 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 221+ views
    Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri arrived in Beijing on Monday at the beginning of a three-day visit, the state Xinhua news agency said. Beijing has not released any details of Sabri's itinerary, with Xinhua saying merely that he is visiting at the invitation of Chinese counterpart Tang Jiaxuan to "exchange views on bilateral relations and other issues of common concern". However, any talks are expected to deal with United States’ threats to launch a military campaign to overthrow Saddam Hussein's regime. A diplomatic source in Baghdad said earlier this month that Sabri was expected to review the US threats with...
  • Foreign minister says Baghdad will ``chop off the head'' of any attacker

    08/06/2002 11:53:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies · 320+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-6-02 | JAMAL HALABY
    <p>AMMAN, Jordan (AP) --  Baghdad will "chop off the head" of any aggressor, Iraq's foreign minister said after talks Tuesday with Jordan's king aimed at averting U.S. military action to topple Saddam Hussein.</p> <p>"We will defend ourselves, shrines and land with all faith and determination against colonialist greed and against those who attack us," Naji Sabri told reporters. "The colonialists will not achieve their futile dreams."</p>
  • French Foreign Minister blasts American Jews...

    04/25/2002 6:08:55 AM PDT · by liberalism=failure · 103 replies · 460+ views
    Jerusalem Post via Drudge ^ | 4-25-02 | By Herb Keinon
    French FM: US Jewry more 'intransigent' than Sharon In order to pressure Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to show more flexibility, the EU should try to whittle away at American Jewry's support for the prime minister, French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine said in a closed meeting Monday. In the world according to Vedrine, who as a result of the recent French elections is on his way out of office, Sharon is an obstacle to the peace process bolstered in his intransigence by American Jewry, which Vedrine said is essentially more Sharon than Sharon. These diplomatic insights were shared by Vedrine at...