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Beijing becoming a major weapons supplier in Southeast Asia
China won a US$ 148 million contract to supply the Thai military with 49 tanks. Malaysia has bought 18 frigates for coastal defense. Indonesia has obtained Chinese-made radar and command systems. China is Myanmar’s largest arms supplier.
21/04/2016 18:44:00 GULF STATES – UNITED STATES
Obama in Riyadh to mend fences with Saudis, boost fight against the Islamic State
The US President arrived in Saudi Arabia yesterday. King Salman did not meet him at the airport but at the palace where the two had a long tête-à-tête. Today, Obama and Gulf States leaders met terrorism and Iran. A US congressional report on 11 September could further strain US-Saudi relations.
31/07/2007 MIDEAST – UNITED STATES
US Secretary Rice looking for Arab front against Iranian influence
US secretary of state is in Egypt with her colleague at defence. A 43-billion military aid package for Gulf States, Egypt and Israel is announced. Ms Rice will also travel to Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem and Ramallah.
02/08/2007 MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
Abbas meeting last for Rice in her Mideast tour to launch US peace initiative
US secretary of state offers PNA president US$ 80 million in aid to reform Palestinian security services, but also asks him to deepen dialogue with Israel. She discusses Iran containment and Iraq security with Egypt and Gulf states.
28/11/2008 IRAQ - UNITED STATES
Archbishop Sako: vote on U.S. troop withdrawal conceals Iraq's "fragile equilibrium"
The archbishop of Kirkuk curbs the enthusiasm, and points to the profound divisions still remaining in Iraq. He also reiterates the risk of civil war if the country is left to itself, and warns: the Iranian nuclear menace is a concrete threat for the entire Middle East.
11/12/2017 18:02:00 MIDDLE EAST – UNITED STATES
Mideast Christians against Trump over Jerusalem capital, a decision that destroys hope for peace
The Chaldean patriarchate criticises a choice that complicates the situation and fuels conflicts and wars. Card al-Rahi calls the decision “destructive” and a violation of international resolutions. Coptic pope Tawadros II cancels a meeting with US Vice President Pence. Somewhat resigned, Palestinians continue their protest. For Israeli peace group, the US has abdicated its role of mediator in the region.
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