Diplomacy

Building bridges: Soccer diplomacy in divided Cyprus

Mar 19, 2019

An initiative to build more bridges between the Greek and Turkish speaking communities of ethnically split Cyprus through soccer faltered after the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots skipped the event amid a dispute over the venue's location

NATO chief says Afghan mission future depends on peace talks

Mar 14, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the future of the military alliance's 15-year presence in Afghanistan will depend on the outcome of peace talks involving Taliban insurgents

US envoy in Kosovo to push for lifting of tax on Serbia

Mar 9, 2019

A senior U.S. official has met with Kosovo top leaders trying to convince Pristina to revoke or suspend a tariff on Serb goods so that dialogue with Serbia can resume

US ambassador slams Ukraine over corruption

Mar 6, 2019

The U.S. ambassador in Ukraine has called for replacing a senior anti-corruption official

Belarus leader wants closer ties to NATO, Western nations

Mar 5, 2019

The authoritarian president of Belarus has called for better ties with NATO and lifted restrictions on U.S. diplomats, an apparent bid to win concessions from Moscow by dangling the prospect of rapprochement with the West

Cyprus: Ground not yet ready for peace talks resumption

Feb 26, 2019

Cyprus' president says ground isn't yet ready for a resumption of formal talks to reunify the ethnically divided island nation because either side remains apart on key issues

Italy's checking if NKorean envoy's daughter was forced back

Feb 20, 2019

Italy's foreign minister says it is checking whether the daughter of a former North Korean diplomat was forcibly returned to Pyongyang

Pompeo visits Iceland as US-EU rift on Iran grows

Feb 15, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrapped up a five-nation tour of Europe on Friday in Iceland after a scathing attack from the Trump administration on the bloc and several of its main members over their approach to Iran

Shanahan: US will not unilaterally withdraw from Afghanistan

Feb 14, 2019

The Pentagon's top official says the United States will not reduce its troop presence in Afghanistan on its own, pledging that any moves will be fully coordinated with American allies

NATO chief says allies keen to avoid arms race with Russia

Feb 13, 2019

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance is studying options to deal with what it insists are Russian violations of a key missile treaty but that it wants to avoid sparking any arms race

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