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Biden to attend ASEAN summit Trump skipped after 2017
  + stars: | 2021-10-26 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
The U.S. embassy in Brunei told Reuters Biden will lead the U.S. delegation for the ASEAN-United States summit, part of a series of ASEAN leaders' meetings this week. The United States has not joined the meetings at the presidential level since Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, attended an ASEAN-U.S. meeting in Manila in 2017. Analysts say Biden's meeting with the 10-nation bloc reflects his administration's efforts to engage allies and partners in a collective effort to push back against China. U.S. officials, however, have not made specific mention of China in the run-up to the meeting as they work to set up a virtual summit between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this year. They expect Biden to focus on collaboration on Covid-19 vaccine distribution, climate, supply chains and infrastructure.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Retno Marsudi, Kena Betancur, Joe Biden, Reuters Biden, Biden, Donald Trump, Xi Jinping, Edgard Kagan, Washington Organizations: Indonesian Foreign, Foreign, ASEAN Nations, UN, Assembly, AFP, Getty, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, China, Reuters, U.S, ASEAN, East Asia, White House National Security Council Locations: New York, Washington, The U.S, Brunei, United States, Manila, China . U.S, China, U.S, India, Japan, Australia, ASEAN's, NATO
WASHINGTON — Family members of more than two-dozen Americans who are currently being held hostage or detained abroad are calling on President Joe Biden to ramp up efforts to try to bring them home. The criticism of the administration comes as 17 missionaries from the U.S. and Canada are being held hostage in Haiti after they were recently kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang. The group’s leader has threatened to kill them if their ransom demand for $1 million per hostage is not met. But, eight months later, the families say that nothing has changed. The letter was signed by families whose relatives are either detained or being held hostage in countries like Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden —, , , Antony Blinken, James W, James Foley, Trevor Reed, Paul Whelan Organizations: WASHINGTON, National Security, Foley Foundation, ISIS Locations: U.S, Canada, Haiti, Afghanistan, China, Cuba, Egypt, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Moscow
U.S. taps private groups to help resettle Afghan refugees
  + stars: | 2021-10-25 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
Tens of thousands of Afghans have arrived in the United States as part of an American evacuation. President Joe Biden's administration is working to accommodate as many as 50,000 refugees in the United States. Sarah Krause, executive director of the Community Sponsorship Hub, said the sponsorship program will help create enduring bonds between the Afghans and the communities that sponsor them. Some refugee organizations have been pushing for the United States to adopt a program of private or community sponsorship for individual refugees, similar to a model used in Canada. Last month, former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama helped launch a new group, Welcome.US, aimed at supporting the Afghan refugees.
Persons: Phil Stewart, Antony Blinken, Joe Biden's, Sarah Krause, George W, Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Doina Chiacu, Nick Macfie Organizations: Base McGuire, Dix, REUTERS, State Department, Taliban, Thomson Locations: Lakehurst , New Jersey, United States, Kabul, U.S, Canada
Nearly half of Afghans living on US military bases are children. "The program will enable groups of individuals to form sponsor circles to provide initial resettlement assistance to Afghans as they arrive and build new lives in local communities across the country," Blinken said. The way it works: Five or more adults sign up to form a support group for an Afghan family, helping them get out of one of the US military bases where many currently reside after having undergone extensive background checks. Nearly half of Afghans living on US military bases are children, The Wall Street Journal reported this month. The International Refugee Assistance Project, which has been critical of the Biden administration's approach to resettlement, welcomed the announcement.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Blinken, Biden, Elizabeth Foydel Organizations: Service, State Department, Street, Refugee Assistance Locations: Afghanistan, United States
An American flag flutters at the premises of the former United States Consulate General in Jerusalem March 4, 2019. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken this month reiterated Washington's plan to reopen the consulate as part of efforts to repair Palestinian ties. read more"I believe that I have good reason to think this will not happen," Deputy Foreign Minister Idan Roll told Israel's Ynet TV. U.S. Embassy spokespeople could not immediately be reached for commentIsrael deems all Jerusalem its undivided capital and says it would not consent to reopening the consulate. Reopening the consulate could weaken nationalist Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and undermine his fragile cross-partisan government, Israeli officials have argued.
Persons: Ammar Awad JERUSALEM, Biden, Israel, Donald Trump, Antony Blinken, Idan Roll, Embassy spokespeople, Naftali Bennett, Dan Williams, Giles Elgood Organizations: United, REUTERS, U.S . Embassy, U.S, Ynet, Embassy, Thomson Locations: United States, Jerusalem, U.S, Tel Aviv, Israel
Iranian Presidency / AFP - Getty Images fileThe 2015 Iran nuclear deal, struck by Iran, world powers and the U.S. under former President Barack Obama, imposed significant restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions. Now the United States and Israel are speaking more openly about a “Plan B” – widely perceived to mean a military option to stop Iran’s nuclear program if diplomacy fails. Iran has always maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful civilian purposes. Without that access, the IAEA’s monitoring and verification program in Iran is “no longer intact,” Grossi says. He says given the proliferation of sites across North Korea’s sprawling nuclear program, creating an inspections regime there would be significantly harder than in Iran.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Rafael Mariano Grossi, he’s, Ebrahim Raisi, , ” Grossi, Grossi, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Biden, Antony Blinken, Blinken Organizations: NBC News, International Atomic Energy Agency, Democratic People’s, Bushehr Nuclear Power, Getty, U.S, , United Nations, IAEA Locations: Iran, , Tehran, Washington, U.S, North Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK, Bushehr, Iranian, United States, Israel, Pyongyang
More than 60 House Democrats are calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to lift the State Department's blanket ban on U.S. diplomats lobbying for gay marriage in an official capacity. In 71 other nations, however, same-sex relations are criminalized, according to Human Dignity Trust, a global advocacy group for LGBTQ rights. In 11 of those countries — including Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan and Iran — homosexuality is punishable by death, according to the group. During his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden pledged to advance global LGBTQ rights and reverse the Trump administration's "utter failure to defend American diplomats who speak out for LGBTQ+ rights abroad." The memorandum also directed U.S. agencies to review and rescind "inconsistent directives" that counter the administration's objective to expand LGBTQ rights globally.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Scott Busby, Blinken, Joaquin Castro, Dina Titus of Nevada, David Cicilline, Mark Bromley, Bromley, Joe Biden Organizations: Democrats, State Department's Bureau, Democracy, Human Rights, Labor, State Department, House Foreign Affairs, Joaquin Castro of Texas, U.S, Supreme, Dignity, Council for Global Equality, Trump, NBC, House Democrats, Twitter, Facebook Locations: State, Joaquin Castro of, Rhode Island, Asia, Central America, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, Washington, Japan, Chile, Czech Republic
Blinken accuses Nicaragua's Ortega of preparing 'sham election'
  + stars: | 2021-10-22 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on during a meeting with youth leaders in Bogota, Colombia, October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/PoolWASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Friday of preparing a sham election next month and trying to establish an “authoritarian dynasty” amid a wave of arrests ahead of Nicaragua’s Nov. 7 vote. Working with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, Ortega has tightened his grip on the country. Blinken pointed out that Nicaragua made a commitment to democracy 20 years ago when it joined the Inter-American Democratic Charter. “President Ortega and Vice President Murillo have failed to honor this commitment by preparing a sham election devoid of credibility, by silencing and arresting opponents, and, ultimately, by attempting to establish an authoritarian dynasty unaccountable to the Nicaraguan people,” Blinken said in a statement.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Luisa Gonzalez, Daniel Ortega, Blinken, Ortega, Rosario Murillo, President Ortega, Murillo, ” Blinken, Washington, , Murillo’s, Matt Spetalnick, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: REUTERS, Pool WASHINGTON, Organization of American, Marxist, Central, Inter, American Democratic Charter, Washington, Thomson Locations: Bogota, Colombia, Pool, America, Ecuador, Central American, Nicaragua, United States, Nicaraguan
U.S. President Joe Biden talks with French President Emmanuel Macron at the final session of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall in Britain, June 13, 2021. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday discussed security cooperation in Africa, Europe and the Indo-Pacific, as the two countries work to mend fences after a rift over a U.S. security pact with Britain and Australia. Biden and Macron plan to continue their discussions when they meet this month in Rome at a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 major economies, the White House said. In his call with Macron, Biden reviewed ongoing efforts by both countries to support stability and security in the Sahel region and to enhance cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, as well as efforts to enable a stronger European defense, the White House said. Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Andrea Shalal, Editing by Rosalba O'BrienOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Doug Mills, Biden, Kamala Harris, Antony Blinken, Katherine Tai, Franck Riester, Macron, Harris, Symone Sanders, Doina Chiacu, Andrea Shalal, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, Macron, U.S, U.S . Trade, Paris Peace, Paris Conference, Thomson Locations: Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Africa, Europe, U.S, Australia, Rome, Paris, United States, France, French, Washington, London, Sahel, Libya
CARACAS — After two years of mudslinging and ruptured ties, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said on Wednesday it was necessary to repair diplomatic relations with Colombia. “We have to regularize, normalize, commercial, productive and economic relations,” Maduro said in a live broadcast on state television. “We need to build relationships, respecting political life, ideas, the ideological baggage of those who govern over there and those of us who govern here,” added Maduro. Colombia and several other Western countries, including the United States, recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader. Duque calls Maduro a “dictator,” while the self-proclaimed socialist president has accused him of participating in plans to attack Venezuela and overthrow him.
Persons: Nicolás Maduro, Delcy Rodriguez, Michelle Bachelet, Rodriguez, ” Maduro, Jorge Rodriguez, Ivan Duque, ” Duque, Antony Blinken, , Duque government’s, , Juan Guaido, Duque, Maduro Organizations: United Nations, Colombian, National Assembly, U.S Locations: CARACAS, Colombia, Venezuelan, Colombian, , Venezuela, Maduro, United States
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (not pictured) on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, U.S. September 23, 2021. Kena Betancur/Pool via REUTERSISLAMABAD, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul on Thursday for his first visit to the Afghan capital since the Taliban victory in August, following weeks of tension over transport links between the two neighbouring countries. Qureshi will focus in his talks with Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and other Taliban leaders "on ways and means to deepen cooperation in diverse areas", Pakistan's foreign ministry said in a statement. In addition, Pakistan International Airlines, the only international airline that had been operating regularly in Kabul, last week suspended flights, complaining of interference and harassment of its staff by Taliban officials. read more"The Foreign Minister's visit reflects Pakistan's consistent policy of supporting the brotherly Afghan people, deepening bilateral trade and economic relations, and facilitating closer people-to-people contacts," the ministry statement said.
Persons: Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Antony Blinken, Kena, Qureshi, Amir Khan Muttaqi, Faiz Hameed, James Mackenzie, Gareth Jones Organizations: U.S, General Assembly, REUTERS, Pakistan's, Afghan, Pakistan International Airlines, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, REUTERS ISLAMABAD, Kabul, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kandahar
Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing December 4, 2013. Xi, who hasn't left China since early in the pandemic, is not expected to travel. Now, Biden officials trying to show the United States is the responsible power have flipped the script, telling journalists after a Sept. 9 phone call between Biden and Xi that Biden had initiated the interaction. read moreOn Wednesday, Biden's nominee to be ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, called China Washington's "most dangerous competitor" and said the United States needed to work closely with allies. "I think President Biden has tried to emphasize the need for us to be very closely aligned ... (with) our treaty allies, our defense partners."
Persons: Xi Jinping, Joe Biden, Lintao Zhang, Biden, Xi, Mao Zedong, hasn't, Susan Thornton, Donald Trump's, David O'Sullivan, Antony Blinken, Nicholas Burns, Trevor Hunnicutt, David Brunnstrom, Michael Martina, Mary Milliken, Daniel Wallis Organizations: U.S, of, People, REUTERS, White, Biden, Washington, State Department, Brookings Institution, Reuters, U.S ., Beijing, Olympics, Communist Party Congress, Thomson Locations: Beijing, Washington, China, Rome, Glasgow, Switzerland, U.S, Asia, United States, Trump's, Europe, EU, Alaska, Brussels, Asian, Xinjiang, Taiwan
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken looks on during a meeting with youth leaders in Bogota, Colombia October 21, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/PoolBOGOTA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday met with U.S. embassy staff in Bogota who had been affected by anomalous health incidents (AHIs) - known as Havana syndrome - a senior state department official said. The Wall Street Journal reported this month that at least five families connected to the U.S. mission in Colombia had been affected by what the State Department calls unexplained health incidents. A senior State Department official said Blinken addressed the incidents during a meeting with the embassy staff and families on Thursday, the last stop of a three-day trip to South America. Blinken then had a separate private meeting with those affected by the incident, the official said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Luisa Gonzalez, Blinken, Biden, Simon Lewis, Oliver Griffin, Diane Craft, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, Pool, U.S, Street, State Department, Embassy, Thomson Locations: Bogota, Colombia, Pool BOGOTA, Havana, Cuba, South America
It comes as tensions between China and Taiwan ratchet up, with Beijing sending scores of warplanes toward the island, and Taiwanese officials trying to consolidate international support. The defeated Nationalists fled to Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, and claimed they were the only legitimate Chinese government. Amid America’s hardening attitude toward China, Beijing is also making clear that it is willing to exert influence far beyond its borders. Taiwan accused China of obstructing it from buying coronavirus vaccines internationally, and China has continued to block Taiwan from participating in the World Health Assembly even during the pandemic. The backlash China is experiencing on the international stage presents real opportunities for Taiwan but also real dangers, Rigger said.
Persons: Mia Hou, , , Chiang Kai, Mao Zedong's, Mao Zedong’s, Xi Jinping, Michael Cole, Mark Schiefelbein, ” Xi, Chiu Kuo, cheng, Shelley Rigger, Ceng Shou Yi, Tsai Ing, Rigger, Tsai, , ” Rigger, Trump, Joe Biden, Zhao Lijian, ” Zhao, Biden, Donald Trump, Xi, Antony Blinken, Tian Jianmin, Tiffany Ma, Ma, ” Mary Chen, ” Chen, ” James Teng, wouldn’t Organizations: Organizers, Taiwan, Olympic, International Association for, shek's Nationalists, AP, Beijing, Mao Zedong’s Communist Party, Nationalists, Global Taiwan Institute, Taiwan Defense, Davidson College, Military, Getty Images, Foreign Affairs, Getty, Foreign, U.S ., Biden, Chicago Council, Global Affairs, World Health, Taiwanese, BowerGroupAsia, World Bicycle Industry Association, American Sociological Association, People’s Liberation Army, NBC, Brookings Institution, NBC News, , Communist Party Locations: HONG KONG, Cyprus, Taiwan, China, United States, People’s Republic of China, Republic of China, Beijing, U.S, Taipei, , North Carolina, Getty Images Taiwan, Washington, Taiwan Strait, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Alaska, Ningbo, Lithuania, Lithuanian, Vilnius, New Jersey, ” Beijing
A massive pipeline between Russia and Germany called Nord Stream 2 is ready to start pumping gas. Then-President Donald Trump had loudly opposed Nord Stream 2, fearing it would give Russia greater economic and political leverage over Europe. Biden's gift to PutinPipes for the construction of the Nord Stream 2 seen on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen on January 25, 2021. The risk to EuropeThe logo of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline seen at the Chelyabinsk pipe rolling plant in Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 26, 2020. Soaring gas prices this year have already highlighted Europe's dependence on Russia for natural gas supplies — something Nord Stream 2 operations would likely exacerbate.
Persons: Trump, Biden, Critics, Donald Trump, Matthias Warnig, Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Antony Blinken, Putin Pipes, Stefan Sauer, Getty Images Biden, Angela Merkel, Putin, Sen, Ted Cruz, Gustav Gressel, Gressler, Maxim Shemetov, Biden's, Organizations: Service, US, Getty Images, European Council, Foreign Relations, Soaring, Nord, Biden's Democratic, Ukraine — Locations: Russia, Germany, Nord, Europe, Baltic, Rügen, Washington, Europe's, China, Chelyabinsk, Ukraine, Putin, Crimea
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and EU High Representative Josep Borrell deliver remarks to reporters before meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., October 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/PoolBELGRADE, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union voiced support on Wednesday for Western Balkan countries' efforts to join the EU but expressed concern about "increasingly divisive rhetoric" in Bosnia. Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania all want to join the wealthy 27-nation EU, but progress towards membership has been slow. It also said Washington and Brussels support efforts in Bosnia to "promote electoral and constitutional reform and maintain the functionality of its state institutions." "We have serious concerns about increasingly divisive rhetoric in Bosnia and Herzegovina," it said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Josep Borrell, Jonathan Ernst, Milorad Dodik, Dodik, Aleksandar Vasovic, Timothy Organizations: EU High, State Department, REUTERS, Pool BELGRADE, European Union, Western, EU, U.S, Croat, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, United States, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania, Washington, Brussels, Herzegovina, EU, Dayton, Serb Republic, Bosnian Serb, Bosnian
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) decided last week to invite a non-political representative from Myanmar to its Oct. 26-28 summits, snubbing military chief Min Aung Hlaing. Blocking Min Aung Hlaing was a big step for ASEAN, whose members have longed pursued a policy of staying out of each other's affairs and have discouraged sanctions and other measures to isolate Myanmar. Kagan said addressing the issues faced in Myanmar, also known as Burma, would require cooperation between ASEAN countries, as well as partners outside. "It is clear that there is growing frustration in the region with the situation with the situation in Myanmar, also growing concern. The reality is that the quality of governance in Myanmar has dropped precipitously, that the people of Myanmar are facing extraordinary challenges."
Persons: Min Aung Hlaing, Stringer, Min Aung, Edgard Kagan, Kagan, Derek Chollet, Ho Hern Shin, Antony Blinken, Hlaing, David Brunnstrom, Richard Chang Organizations: Armed Forces, REUTERS, Southeast, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, East, White House National Security Council, Washington's Center, Strategic, International Studies, Monetary Authority of, Thomson Locations: Naypyitaw, Myanmar, United States, U.S, East Asia, Oceania, Monetary Authority of Singapore, Burma
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Colombia's President Ivan Duque, at Narino presidential house in Bogota, Colombia October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez/PoolBOGOTA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Accountability for human rights abuses committed during Colombia's decades-long conflict and recent anti-government protests are critical to preventing future abuses, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a visit to the Andean country on Wednesday. Blinken met Colombian President Ivan Duque ahead of talks with regional officials to discuss migration in the Americas. "Accountability is critically important – accountability for the most grave human rights violations and abuses committed during the country's conflict, accountability for any abuses committed in response to protests earlier this year and of course accountability for those responsible for attacks on human rights defenders, journalists and other civil society leaders," Blinken said. Human rights groups had urged Blinken to press Duque on policing, as well as growing violence by armed groups and the potential restart of aerial fumigation of coca crops.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Ivan Duque, Luisa Gonzalez, Blinken, Duque, Blinken's, Simon Lewis, Luis Jaime Acosta, Julia Symmes Cobb, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: Narino, REUTERS, Pool, Duque's, Thomson Locations: Bogota, Colombia, Pool BOGOTA, Americas, United States, Latin America, Chile, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, El Salvador, Quito, Venezuela, Haiti
REUTERS/Nathalia AngaritaCARACAS, Oct 20 (Reuters) - After two years of mudslinging and ruptured ties, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday it was necessary to repair diplomatic relations with Colombia. "We have to regularize, normalize, commercial, productive and economic relations," Maduro said in a live broadcast on state television. "We have to regularize consular relations, diplomatic relations." Later, Colombian President Ivan Duque spoke in favor of reopening the border to facilitate access to goods and services for Venezuelans, but warned he would not recognize the Maduro government. Duque calls Maduro a "dictator," while the self-proclaimed socialist president has accused him of participating in plans to attack Venezuela and overthrow him.
Persons: Simon Bolivar, Nicolas Maduro, Delcy Rodriguez, Michelle Bachelet, Rodriguez, Maduro, Jorge Rodriguez, Ivan Duque, Duque, Antony Blinken, Duque government's, Juan Guaido, Deisy Buitrago, Carlos Vargas, Sarah Kinosian Organizations: REUTERS, Nathalia, United Nations, Colombian, National Assembly, U.S, Thomson Locations: Venezuela, Colombia, Cucuta, CARACAS, Venezuelan, Colombian, United States
His defenders have argued the envoy was handed an impossible task, given the tight deadline set by the Trump administration for the United States' withdrawal from Afghanistan. The talks ended with America's hasty and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan in August and the Taliban's takeover of the country. Instead, his letter amounted to a defense of the 2020 Doha agreement that opened the way for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But critics accused the Trump administration of negotiating a “surrender agreement” with the Taliban and have blasted the Biden administration for going ahead with the deal. This comes as the State Department's inspector general informed Congress on Monday that her office would be launching a series of investigations into the Biden administration's Afghanistan withdrawal.
Persons: Zalmay Khalilzad, ” Khalilzad, Antony Blinken, Critics, Ashraf Ghani, Trump, Khalilzad, , Wakil Kohsar, Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, Biden, Pompeo, ” H.R, Bari Weiss, ” McMaster, Joe Biden, Blinken, Thomas West, Obama, Diana Shaw Organizations: U.S, Representative, NBC News, Taliban, NBC, United, United States ”, Islamic, Getty, McMaster, Doha, Trump, U.S . Embassy, State, Biden, State Department’s, Senate Foreign Relations, House Foreign Affairs Committee Locations: Afghanistan, United States, U.S, Doha, America, Islamic Republic, Kabul, AFP, Qatar, West, U.S . Embassy Kabul
QUITO, Ecuador—The Biden administration is trying to enlist South American countries to help halt a new wave of migration by controlling the flow of migrants northward, officials said, stressing that all Latin American countries have a role to play. As part of the effort, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet Wednesday with counterparts from Latin American countries in Bogotá, Colombia. The meeting comes as the administration has grappled most recently with an influx of migrants from the region, including those from Haiti fleeing dangerous conditions there, and others seeking refuge from economic and political upheaval in Venezuela.
Persons: Ecuador —, Biden, Antony Blinken Organizations: South Locations: QUITO, Ecuador, Bogotá, Colombia, Haiti, Venezuela
IAEA head expects news soon on when he may travel to Tehran
  + stars: | 2021-10-19 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
Mandel Ngan/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday he anticipatesnews soon on when he may travel to Iran, adding that he expects to go to Tehran before the agency's November Board of Governors meeting. Grossi said the IAEA has been able to service cameras at all sites in Iran aside from the TESA Karaj complex. The workshop at the TESA Karaj complex makes components for centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, and was hit by apparent sabotage in June in which one of four IAEA cameras there was destroyed. TESA Karaj was one of several sites to which Iran agreed to grant IAEA inspectors access to service IAEA monitoring equipment and replace memory cards just as they were due to fill up with data such as camera footage. Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Alex Richardson and Giles ElgoodOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Rafael Mariano Grossi, Antony Blinken, Benjamin Franklin, Mandel Ngan, anticipatesnews, Rafael Grossi, Grossi, Karaj, Arshad Mohammed, Daphne Psaledakis, Alex Richardson, Giles Elgood Organizations: Atomic Energy Agency, State Department, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, United Nations, Governors, International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, West, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, REUTERS WASHINGTON, Iran, Tehran, Washington, Karaj
Mexico's Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard address media following U.S.-Mexico High Level Security Dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Mexico City, in Mexico October 8, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoMEXICO CITY, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Tuesday defended his role in building a metro rail during his time as Mexico City mayor, a day after officials ordered 10 people and companies to face charges for the line's deadly collapse. The Mexico City Attorney General's office on Monday said it would present charges for homicide, injuries and property damage tied to the May accident, which killed 26 people. The consortium that built the full line included Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim's Grupo Carso (GCARSOA1.MX), Mexico's Grupo ICA (ICA.MX) and France's Alstom (ALSO.PA). Reporting by Cassandra Garrison; additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Editing by Bill BerkrotOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Marcelo Ebrard, Antony Blinken, Edgard Garrido, Ebrard, Carlos Slim's Grupo, Cassandra Garrison, Lizbeth Diaz, Bill Berkrot Organizations: Mexico's, U.S, REUTERS, Edgard Garrido MEXICO CITY, Foreign, Mexico City, Mexico City Attorney, Mexico's Grupo ICA, Alstom, Thomson Locations: Mexico, Mexico City
Kena Betancur/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoRIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with Brazilian counterpart Carlos Franca to discuss "unprecedented" regional migration and ways to collaborate to slow the number of migrants heading north, the State Department said on Tuesday. Mexico is slated to impose visa requirements for Brazilian visitors, according to a document from Mexico's Interior Ministry. Mexico has not required visas for Brazilians since 2004, giving migrants an easier path to enter the country and proceed north. Reuters reported last week that Washington has, since July, asked Mexico to impose visa requirements on Brazilians. Last month, Reuters reported that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) had asked Brazil to receive some Haitian migrants camped along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Carlos Franca, Kena, Joe Biden, Franca, Ned Price, Blinken, Brazil's, Gabriel Stargardter, Peter Cooney Organizations: Brazilian Foreign, UN, Assembly, Brazilian, State Department, Interior Ministry, Reuters, U.S . Customs, Border Protection, International Organization for Migration, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, JANEIRO, Americas, Latin, Southern, Mexico, Washington, Brazil
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso address the media, in Quito, Ecuador October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Santiago Arcos/PoolQUITO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso is demonstrating that democracy can deliver real results for people, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting between the two men in Quito. Lasso, a conservative ex-banker who took office in May, told Blinken that Ecuador "today more than ever shares the values of democracy and liberty" with the United States. Blinken applauded Lasso's work combating corruption and said the two nations were working together on fighting drug trafficking and climate change. Blinken said he would work on regional challenges like migration with Lasso and Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo during his visit.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Guillermo Lasso, Lasso, Blinken, Lasso's, Mauricio Montalvo, Simon Lewis, Alexandra Valencia, Julia Symmes Cobb, Leslie Adler, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, Pool, Blinken, Ecuadorean, Thomson Locations: Quito, Ecuador, Santiago Arcos, Pool QUITO, U.S, Colombia, United States, South America
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