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Rep. Michael McCaul accused the White House of failing to plan the withdrawal from Afghanistan. McCaul is the ranking GOP member in the House's Foreign Affairs Committee. His comments came as Republicans on the committee prepared a scathing report of the withdrawal. Sign up for our newsletter to receive our top stories based on your reading preferences — delivered daily to your inbox. There was no plan, and there's no plan executed," McCaul said of the withdrawal.
Persons: Michael McCaul, , Biden, Joe Biden, Margaret Brennan, McCaul, Brennan, Antony Blinken, Hunter Biden, Adrienne Watson, Watson Organizations: Foreign Affairs, Service, Rep, Republican, House Foreign Affairs, US State Department, GOP, CBS, White, Hamid, State Department, American, Washington Post, National Security, United States Locations: Afghanistan, McCaul, White House, Vietnam, Kabul, Kabul's, Iran, Iranian, United
Iran says Rushdie and supporters to blame for attack
  + stars: | 2022-08-15 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
Author Salman Rushdie listens during the opening news conference of the Frankfurt book fair, Germany October 13, 2015. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/File PhotoDUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - No one has the right to level accusations against Iran over Friday's attack on Salman Rushdie, for which he and his supporters are solely to blame, the foreign ministry in Tehran said on Monday. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register"During the attack on Salman Rushdie, we do not consider anyone other than himself and his supporters worthy of reproach, reproach and condemnation," Kanaani told a news briefing. Hardline Iranian state media outlets celebrated the attack with headlines including "Satan has been blinded" and some Iranians voiced support online for the stabbing. A Hezbollah official told Reuters on Saturday that the group had no additional information on the attack on Rushdie.
Persons: Salman Rushdie, Ralph Orlowski, Nasser Kanaani, Kanaani, Antony Blinken, Rushdie, Iran's, Ruhollah Khomeini, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s, Hadi Matar, Nathaniel Barone, Matar, Ali Tehfe, Khomeini, Qassem Soleimani, Maya Gebeily, Michael Georgy, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, Iran, Twitter, Chautauqua Institution, Reuters, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, NBC, Rushdie, Dubai Newsroom, Thomson Locations: Frankfurt, Germany, DUBAI, Iran, Tehran, New York, United States, Fairview , New Jersey, NBC New York, Yaroun, Lebanon, U.S, Beirut
Salman Rushdie is "more than a literary giant," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday as the icon remained in critical condition after Friday's stabbing attack. Rushdie "has consistently stood up for the universal rights of freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, and freedom of the press," Blinken said. There has, indeed, been global outrage in the wake of the Rushdie attack. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called the attack "an assault on global freedom of expression." On Sunday, Rushdie's son Zafar said that "though his life changing injuries are severe, his usual feisty & defiant sense of humor remains intact.
Persons: Salman Rushdie, Antony Blinken, Rushdie, Blinken, Biden, Anthony Albanese, Rushdie's, Zafar Organizations: CNN Locations: York
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens as U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks with reporters after returning from their trip to Kyiv and meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, near the Ukraine border, in Poland, April 25, 2022. Alex Brandon/Pool via REUTERSAug 12 (Reuters) - The United States is concerned by reports that British, Swedish and Croatian nationals were being charged by "illegitimate authorities in eastern Ukraine", Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday. "Russia and its proxies have an obligation to respect international humanitarian law, including the rights & protections afforded to prisoners of war," Blinken wrote on Twitter. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Costas Pitas in Los Angeles; Editing by William MallardOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Defense Lloyd Austin, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Alex Brandon, Blinken, Costas Pitas, William Mallard Organizations: Defense, REUTERS, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Kyiv, Ukraine, Poland, United States, Russia, Los Angeles
Paraguay's Vice-President Hugo Velazquez addresses the media after Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas took office in Asuncion,Paraguay July 31, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge AdornoWASHINGTON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez on Friday said he would resign and withdraw his candidacy for the presidency, after being blacklisted by the United States for alleged "significant" acts of corruption. Velazquez denied the accusation but said that, to "protect" his party, he would submit his resignation next week. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterThe U.S. State Department accused Velazquez earlier on Friday of involvement in significant acts of corruption. The state department in July accused former Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes of "significant corruption" and of obstructing a cross-border criminal investigation read more .
Persons: Hugo Velazquez, Antonio Rivas, Jorge Adorno WASHINGTON, Friday, Velazquez, Antony Blinken, Valazquez, Juan Carlos Duarte, Marc Ostfield, Duarte, Duarte's, Horacio Cartes, Daniela Desantis, Paul Grant, Isabel Woodford, Ismail Shakil, John Stonestreet Organizations: Foreign, REUTERS, Paraguayan, . State Department, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Asuncion, Paraguay, United States, U.S, Paraguayan
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the President’s Office in Urugwiro Village in Kigali, Rwanda August 11, 2022. The United States is a longstanding ally of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame, but Blinken told reporters on Tuesday in Kinshasa he was very concerned about "credible reports" Rwanda has provided support to M23. read moreLast year the U.S. administration gave Rwanda $147 million in bilateral assistance, and $500,000 for peace and security. Blinken's visit "will lead to a re-evaluation of what's happening on the ground," Stearns told Reuters by telephone. Rwanda's foreign affairs ministry said Rusesabagina's arrest and conviction were lawful under Rwandan and international law.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Paul Kagame, Andrew Harnik, Blinken, Rwanda's, Bill Gates, Jason Stearns, Stearns, Kagame, Paul Rusesabagina, Hereward Holland, James Macharia Chege, Deepa Babington Organizations: Rwandan, REUTERS, United Nations, United Nations Security, Rwanda, Starbucks, New, Congo Research, U.S, Thomson Locations: Urugwiro Village, Kigali, Rwanda, REUTERS KIGALI, Democratic Republic of Congo, United States, Congo, Kinshasa, New York, Great Lakes Region, U.S
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Rwandan President Paul Kagame at the President’s Office in Urugwiro Village in Kigali, Rwanda August 11, 2022. Rusesabagina, 67, a U.S. permanent resident, was sentenced last September to 25 years in prison over eight terrorism charges tied to an organization opposed to President Paul Kagame's rule. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterRusesabagina, who was feted around the world after being portrayed by actor Don Cheadle in 2004's "Hotel Rwanda," is a vocal critic of Kagame. Blinken said he had discussed Rusesabagina's case with Kagame in his meeting earlier on Thursday but declined to say how Kagame responded. Therefore, Rwanda will continue to abide by our laws and the decisions made by our judiciary," Biruta said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Paul Kagame, Andrew Harnik, Paul Rusesabagina, Paul Kagame's, Vincent Biruta, Rusesabagina, Don Cheadle, Kagame, Blinken, Washington, Biruta, Joe Biden, Washington's, Biden, Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan, Humeyra Pamuk, Njuwa Maina, David Holmes Organizations: Rwandan, REUTERS, Biruta, Rwanda Movement, Democratic, National Liberation Front, U.S, State Department's Bureau, Consular Affairs, Hostage Affairs, Thomson Locations: Urugwiro Village, Kigali, Rwanda, REUTERS KIGALI, U.S, United States, Russia, Washington, Moscow
(CNN) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had raised "serious concerns" related to human rights as well as issues about regional tensions with the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo during a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the capital Kigali. Speaking at a press conference with his Rwandan counterpart on Thursday, Blinken said he raised "serious concerns" about human rights during his earlier meeting with Kagame, including the case of Rwandan citizen and US permanent resident Paul Rusesabagina. "We believe people in every country should be able to express their views without fear of intimidation, imprisonment, violence or any other forms of repression," Blinken said at a press conference with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta. "[We] underscored our concerns about the lack of fair trial guarantees provided to him," Blinken added, referring to Rusesabagina's case. "We continue to urge the government to address concerns about the legal protections afforded to him in this case and establish safeguards to prevent similar outcomes in the future," Blinken added later, responding to a journalist's question.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Paul Kagame, Blinken, Kagame, Paul Rusesabagina, Vincent Biruta, Read Organizations: CNN, Democratic, Rwandan Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, Kigali
KIGALI, Rwanda — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Thursday that he had urged the leaders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to end their support for militias in eastern Congo, warning that continuing to back the groups threatened stability across the Great Lakes region of Africa. “Whoever it’s by, whoever it’s to, that support has to cease,” Mr. Blinken said at a news conference in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. “It’s a matter of principle that applies equally. It’s not a matter of weighing one group against another.”American and Rwandan officials estimate that more than 130 armed groups are operating in eastern Congo, which has become a battleground for militias who have maimed and murdered while profiting from the billions of dollars of minerals smuggled out of the resource-rich region. Many of the groups get weapons and financial support from the Congolese government or from other African nations.
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, it’s, Mr, , It’s Organizations: Democratic, Rwandan Locations: KIGALI, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Africa, Kigali, Congolese
KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — Pushing for a reconsideration of plans by the Democratic Republic of Congo to auction parts of its vast rainforests and peatlands, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced that American and Congolese officials would form a team to examine proposed oil-and-gas extraction in those areas. The agreement came on Tuesday during Mr. Blinken’s visit to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr. Blinken’s remarks were the first time the U.S. government has taken a public stand on the issue. “We had concerns about the announcement of the auction of these oil and gas exploration blocks,” Mr. Blinken said at a news conference on Tuesday. “Some of the blocks infringe on sensitive rainforest and peatland areas, including in the Virunga National Park and Salonga National Park.”
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Blinken’s, Félix, , Mr, Organizations: Democratic, Salonga Locations: KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa
And I recognize that some criticisms of my government’s policies are justified. But Americans must also recognize that U.S. behavior is hardly setting a good example. The shift in Chinese attitudes wasn’t a given. But when U.S.-led NATO forces mistakenly bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, in 1999 during the Kosovo war, our idolizing of America began to wane. Two years later, a U.S. spy plane and a Chinese fighter jet collided in the South China Sea, leaving a Chinese pilot dead.
Persons: Antony Blinken Organizations: NATO, Embassy Locations: United States, China, Belgrade, Serbia, Kosovo, U.S, Chinese, South China, Iraq
U.S. defense secretary raises concerns for Tunisia democracy
  + stars: | 2022-08-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin looks on during the 15th Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CDMA) in Brasilia, Brazil July 26, 2022. After the referendum, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and incoming U.S. ambassador to Tunis Joey Hood voiced concern for Tunisia's democracy, and Tunisian authorities summoned the acting U.S. charge d'affaires to complain. Tunisia is now seeking a rescue package from the International Monetary Fund to avert a collapse in public finances. "We can feel those headwinds in Tunisia, where people inspired the world with their demands for democracy", he added. The U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Germany, is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises and security cooperation in Africa and surrounding waters.
Persons: Lloyd Austin, Adriano Machado, Kais Saied, Antony Blinken, Tunis Joey Hood, Ben Ali, Austin, Angus McDowall, David Gregorio Our Organizations: Defense, Conference of Defense, REUTERS, . Defense, Reuters.com Register Washington, International Monetary Fund, U.S . Africa Command, U.S . Department of Defense, Thomson Locations: Brasilia, Brazil, TUNIS, Tunis, Tunisia, U.S, Africa, United States, Germany
‘Too often, African nations have been treated as instruments of other nations’ progress, rather than the authors of their own,’ Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday in Pretoria, South Africa. The U.S. won’t ask African governments to pick sides in an intensifying standoff with other powers such as Russia and China, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in South Africa Monday, in a speech about the Biden administration’s strategy toward the continent. Mr. Blinken’s visit, with stops scheduled later this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, comes at a time of growing U.S. concern about Russia’s clout in Africa and on the heels of a recent trip by Moscow’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov.
Persons: Antony Blinken, won’t, Blinken’s, Sergei Lavrov Organizations: , Biden, Democratic Locations: Pretoria, South Africa, The U.S, Russia, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Africa
South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin meets U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the Sokha Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, August 5, 2022. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSSEOUL, Aug 8 (Reuters) - South Korea foreign minister Park Jin is set for his first visit to China on Monday as President Yoon Suk-yeol's government seeks to reassure Beijing about their relationship despite stronger ties with the United States and tensions over Taiwan. Park is scheduled for a three-day stay in the eastern port city of Qingdao, during which he will hold talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Seoul's foreign ministry said. Park is the first high-level official to travel to China since Yoon took office in May. His trip comes after Beijing expressed outrage over U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan last week.
Persons: Park, Antony Blinken, Andrew Harnik, Jin, Yoon Suk, Wang Yi, Yoon, Nancy Pelosi's, Pelosi, Wang, Hyonhee Shin, Joori Roh, Gerry Doyle Organizations: South Korean Foreign, Park Jin, U.S, REUTERS, Foreign, Park, Thomson Locations: Phnom Penh, Cambodia, REUTERS SEOUL, South Korea, China, Beijing, United States, Taiwan, Qingdao, Seoul, South, Thailand, U.S, Asia, Japan, Korea
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBlinken will announce a new U.S. strategy toward Africa during his South Africa visit: ResearcherAlex Vines, director of Chatham House's Africa Programme, discusses U.S. Secretary of State Blinken's visit to South Africa and the geopolitical implications of the trip.
Persons: Alex Vines Organizations: U.S, State Locations: U.S, Africa, South Africa, Chatham House's Africa
PRETORIA, South Africa, August 8, 2022: South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor (R) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) attend a strategic dialogue opening session meeting at the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in South Africa on Monday to begin a three-country tour as major powers jostle for influence on the continent. "South Africa is a country which doesn't have a good relationship with the United States. He suggested that this is the reason why South Africa is Blinken's first port of call, and that particular attention will be paid to aligning the two countries' perspectives on Russia's war in Ukraine. In a recent blog, the European Council on Foreign Relations said that while that message was tailored to African sensitivities, the primary objective of Lavrov's trip was "political theater."
Persons: Naledi Pandor, Antony Blinken, Sergei Lavrov, Emmanuel Macron, , Joe Biden's, Alex Vines, Vines, Russia's Lavrov Organizations: Africa's, South African Department of International Relations, Cooperation, Cooperation . U.S, Democratic, Russian, — Blinken's, Chatham House, African National Congress, CNBC, Kremlin, Central African, European Council, Foreign Relations Locations: PRETORIA, South Africa, Cooperation ., Democratic Republic of, Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, Uganda, Ethiopia, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Benin, Guinea, Bissau, Africa, United States, Ukraine, Pretoria, Russia, Washington, Mali, Mozambique, Central African Republic, Angola, Algeria, Burundi, Madagascar, Namibia, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Libya, Moscow
U.S. Africa strategy stresses China, Russia threats
  + stars: | 2022-08-08 | by ( David Brunnstrom | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +5 min
Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSJOHANNESBURG, Aug 8 (Reuters) - The United States released a new strategy document for sub-Saharan Africa on Monday, stressing the region's importance, the threats posed by China and Russia, and vowing to extend defense cooperation with like-minded African countries. It expands on a November speech by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken first laying out the Biden administration's approach to Africa. Its release comes as Blinken is in South Africa and visiting two more African countries this week. "Effective, legitimate, and accountable militaries and other security forces are essential to support open, democratic, and resilient societies and to counter destabilizing threats, including in Africa," the paper said. Russia saw Africa as "a permissive environment for parastatals and private military companies, often fomenting instability for strategic and financial benefit," it said.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Naledi Pandor, Andrew Harnik, Biden, Blinken, Donald Trump, David Brunnstrom, Doina Chiacu, Jeff Mason, Diane Craft Organizations: South Africa's, South African Department of International Relations, Cooperation, REUTERS, United, U.S, . National Defense Strategy, Pentagon, African Union, U.S . Agency for International Development, Thomson Locations: Pretoria, South Africa, REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, United States, Saharan Africa, China, Russia, Africa, Washington, Russian, U.S, Europe, Pacific, Washington . China
Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERSJOHANNESBURG, Aug 8 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that if Russia were allowed to bully Ukraine, to invade and take territory without being opposed, then it would be "open season" around the world. "If we allow a big country to bully a smaller one, to simply invade it and take its territory, then it's going to be open season, not just in Europe but around the world," Blinken said. Russia deployed tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on Feb. 24, in what it calls a "special military operation" to demilitarise Ukraine and protect Russian speakers there. Pandor said no one in South Africa supported the war in Ukraine but that the prescripts of international law were not being applied evenly. South Africa abstained from a United Nations vote denouncing the invasion of Ukraine, and like other African countries has resisted calls to condemn Russia.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Naledi Pandor, Andrew Harnik, Blinken, Pandor, Bhargav, Alexander Winning, James Macharia Organizations: South Africa's, South African Department of International Relations, Cooperation, REUTERS, United, South, Democratic, Thomson Locations: South, Pretoria, South Africa, REUTERS JOHANNESBURG, Russia, Ukraine, United States, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Europe, Palestine, United Nations, China, Africa, U.S, Bengaluru, Johannesburg
Ukraine was already stocking up on U.S.-made Javelins before Russia invaded. Here a group of Ukrainian servicemen take a shipment of Javelins in early February, as Russia positioned troops on Ukraine's border. WASHINGTON – The Biden administration announced a $1 billion security assistance package for Ukraine on Monday, the largest installment yet since Russia's full-scale invasion began in late February. The upcoming military aid package, the 18th such tranche, brings U.S. commitment to about $9.8 billion and includes munitions for long-range weapons and armored medical transport vehicles. The Pentagon will also send 1,000 Javelins, hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems, 50 armored medical treatment vehicles, anti-personnel munitions, explosives, demolition munitions and demolition equipment.
Persons: WASHINGTON –, Lockheed Martin, Antony Blinken Organizations: Biden, Ukraine, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, Air Missile Systems, Lockheed, Pentagon Locations: Ukraine, Russia, Ukraine's, WASHINGTON
The Tornado Cash website displayed on a laptop and smartphone screen arranged in London, on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. The U.S. Department of Treasury on Monday sanctioned the popular cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash, banning Americans from using a service that the government said, "launders the proceeds of cybercrimes." That figure refers to the total value of crypto assets that have been sent through Tornado Cash. The actions against Tornado Cash follow sanctions similarly imposed in May 2022 on another popular service, Blender.io. That's because there's no single person or entity behind the use of Tornado Cash, an open-source tool.
Persons: Cash, Brian Nelson, Lazarus, it's, Antony J, Blinken, OFAC, — CNBC's Dan Mangan, Dawn Kopecki Organizations: Tornado, U.S . Department of Treasury, Treasury, Terrorism, Financial, Treasury Department, Lazarus Group, State, Foreign Assets, Coin Center Locations: London, cybercrimes, U.S, Korean, Harmony, United States
PRETORIA, South Africa — The United States has been grappling with the growing influence of China, Russia and Middle Eastern nations across Africa, a situation made more acute in recent months by the competition to win partners in the war in Ukraine. On Monday, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken unveiled the Biden administration’s main approach to addressing that challenge and other strategic goals in Africa: promoting democratic governance across the continent. “History shows that strong democracies tend to be more stable and less prone to conflict — and that the poor governance, exclusion and corruption inherent in weak democracies makes them more vulnerable to extremist movements and foreign interference,” Mr. Blinken said in a speech at the University of Pretoria, on the first stop of a tour of Africa that will also take him to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Mr Organizations: Biden, University of Pretoria, Democratic Locations: PRETORIA, South Africa, United States, China, Russia, Middle Eastern, Africa, Ukraine, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda
(CNN) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday drew firm distinctions between the United States and Russia as he sought to make the case that the US is the better partner for countries in Africa. "Our strategy is rooted in the recognition that Sub-Saharan Africa is a major geopolitical force -- one that shaped our past, is shaping our present, and will shape our future," Blinken said. Blinken's visit to the continent -- with stops in South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda -- and pitch for US partnership there comes as Moscow has sought to step up its influence in Africa amid isolation from Europe over its war in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov traveled to Ethiopia, Uganda, the Republic of Congo, and Egypt at the end of July. Blinken said his visit was not about countering Russia's influence on the continent, telling South Africa's "eNCA" that the US' "focus is not on saying to friends, partners: you have to choose."
Persons: Antony Blinken, Biden, Blinken, Blinken's, Sergey Lavrov Organizations: CNN, Monday, Democratic, Russian Locations: United States, Russia, Africa, Saharan Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Rwanda, Moscow, Europe, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Uganda, Republic of Congo, Egypt
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Persons: Dow Jones, antony Locations: africa, russia
Image Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken departing the Philippines on Saturday to head to South Africa. “Everybody’s coming to say: ‘Support me!’”Image Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia at the Russian Embassy in Ethiopia in July. Last week, the first grain-filled vessels began to depart from Ukraine since Russia’s invasion under a hard-won deal. When reports emerged that the Senegalese president, Macky Sall, would visit Ukraine at the end of August, he was quick to issue a statement denying them. “We want to make our own enemies,” he said in a speech during Mr. Lavrov’s visit.
Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Andrew Harnik, Sergey V, Lavrov, Emmanuel Macron, , , Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Thomas, Samantha Power, Macky Sall, Sall, Vladimir V, Putin, Vladimir, Misper, Ubi, Yoweri Museveni, Lavrov’s Organizations: Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Russian Embassy, Tiksa, Reuters, United Nations, U.S . Agency for International Development, African Union, . Locations: Philippines, South Africa, Russian, Ukraine, France, West, Central Africa, Russia, Africa, Ethiopia, Tiksa Negeri, Uganda, Ghana, Cape Verde, American, Somalia, Soviet, Moscow, U.S, Accra
Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterHe assured Marcos the United States would honour its commitments to their decades-old joint defence pact. "The alliance is strong and I believe can grow even stronger," Blinken told Marcos. The Philippines is a fulcrum of the geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China and Marcos faces a tricky challenging in balancing his country's ties between the two major economic powers. U.S.-Philippines ties were shaken by overtures towards China by Marcos' predecessor, Rodrigo Duterte, his frequent outbursts over his disdain for the United States and his threats to downgrade their defence ties. Marcos said Pelosi's trip "just demonstrated...the intensity of that conflict."
Persons: Ferdinand Marcos Jr, Antony Blinken, Ezra Acayan, Pelosi, Blinken, Nancy Pelosi's, Marcos, Washington, Rodrigo Duterte, Blinken's, Enrique Manalo, Manalo, David Brunnstrom, Karen Lema, Martin Petty Organizations: U.S ., U.S, Thomson Locations: Manila, Philippines, Manila Philippines, Taiwan, MANILA, U.S, Hawaii, United States, China, COVID
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