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Angela Weiss | AFP | Getty ImagesMinisters from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will not meet with Iran at the United Nations this week to discuss a return to nuclear deal talks, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday. Diplomats were tentatively planning for a ministerial meeting of the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday on the sidelines of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders. It's not in the agenda," said Borrell, who acts as coordinator for the nuclear deal — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump reimposed harsh sanctions on Iran, which then started breaching curbs on its nuclear program. The Vienna talks were adjourned in June after hardliner Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran's president and took office in August.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Angela Weiss, It's, Borrell, Hossein Amirabdollahian, Donald Trump, Trump, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi Organizations: European Union for Foreign Affairs, EU, AFP, Getty, Ministers, United, Union, Monday, Diplomats, U.S Locations: New York City, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, Iran, United Nations, Vienna, United States, Tehran
Julien Warnand/Pool via REUTERSNEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Ministers from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia will not meet with Iran at the United Nations this week to discuss a return to nuclear deal talks, European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday. Diplomats were tentatively planning for a ministerial meeting of the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday on the sidelines of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders. It's not in the agenda," said Borrell, who acts as coordinator for the nuclear deal - known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The Vienna talks were adjourned in June after hardliner Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran's president and took office in August. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said earlier on Monday that the negotiations must restart, signalling that there would be a ministerial meeting of the nuclear deal parties.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Julien Warnand, It's, Borrell, Hossein Amirabdollahian, Donald Trump, Trump, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, Jean, Yves Le Drian, Michelle Nichols, Muralikumar Organizations: REUTERS NEW, United, Union, Monday, Diplomats, U.S, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Strasbourg, France, Britain, China, Germany, Russia, Iran, United Nations, Vienna, United States, Tehran
European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora and Iranian Deputy at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araghchi wait for the start of talks on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in Vienna, Austria June 20, 2021. EU Delegation in Vienna/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday that talks with world powers over reviving its 2015 nuclear deal would resume in a few weeks, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported. As previously emphasised, the Vienna talks will resume soon and over the next few weeks," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, according to IRNA. The world powers held six rounds of indirect talks between the United States and Iran in Vienna to try and work out how both can return to compliance with the nuclear pact, which was abandoned by former U.S. President Donald Trump in 2018. The Vienna talks were adjourned in June after hardliner Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran's president and took office in August.
Persons: General Enrique Mora, Abbas Araghchi, IRNA, Saeed Khatibzadeh, Donald Trump, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, Josep Borrell, Khatibzadeh, Hossein Amirabdollahian, Catherine Evans, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Ministry of Foreign, EU, REUTERS, Foreign Ministry, U.S, United, Union, Iranian, Dubai, Thomson Locations: Iranian, Iran, Vienna, Austria, Handout, REUTERS DUBAI, United States, Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, United Nations
U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday requested a call with French President Emmanuel Macron. Meanwhile, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday said he is "very proud" of his country's relationship with France and that "our love for France is ineradicable." It comes after news last week that Australia was canceling a submarine deal with France and instead was buying new technology from the United States, in cooperation with the U.K. It means there is a crisis," Jean Yves Le Drian, the French minister for foreign affairs, said Saturday to Info France 2. When Australia signed the deal with France in 2016, the cost of the submarines totalled $40 billion, according to Reuters.
Persons: Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Boris Johnson, it's, Jean Yves Le Drian, Le Drian, Macron, Mujtaba Rahman, Josep Borrell Organizations: NATO, Atlantic Treaty Organization, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Sunday, China, U.S, France, Monday, Australia, Reuters, EU, of, European Union Locations: Brussels, United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Paris, Beijing, U.S, London, Canberra, Eurasia, Europe
The Taliban flags are seen on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 16, 2021. More than a month after the Islamist militants took control following a chaotic Western withdrawal from Kabul, EU governments are also limiting their presence to the Qatari capital, Doha, where the Taliban have a representation. "The Taliban will have to make a choice between money or isolation, but we have very little expectations of them," an EU diplomat said. The EU expects its personnel to be based in Doha and make only brief visits to Kabul for meetings. One diplomat said EU countries would need to provide their own security or hire contractors, rather than rely on any Western security alliance.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Josep Borrell, Pekka Haavisto, Tomas Niklasson, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Stanikzai, John Irish, Essi, Sabine Siebold, Angus MacSwan Organizations: West Asia News Agency, BRUSSELS, European, Taliban, United Nations, UNHCR, United, EU, Finland's, Reuters, United Nations General Assembly, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WANA, Doha, EU, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Europe, United States, New York, Kandahar, Qatar, Brussels, Afghan, Denmark, Norway, Paris, Helsinki, Berlin
"Just like Afghanistan, this new 'America First' opus is poorly conceived and even more poorly executed," a French diplomat said. David Bell, a history professor at Princeton University, said precedent indicated the crisis would blow over, eventually. "Macron is trying to reawaken that Gaullist tradition of French independence" in foreign policy, he said. "China must be laughing all the way to the bank," said Francois Heisbourg, senior advisor for Europe at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Even so, other analysts believe the compelling need to counter Beijing will help Western countries bridge their differences.
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European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in this file picture taken October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois LenoirBRUSSELS, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The European Union will set out a formal strategy on Thursday to boost its presence in the Indo-Pacific and counter China's rising power, although Australia's decision to cancel an arms contract with France may complicate cooperation. "We will have to discuss with member states to assess the implications," Peter Stano told a regular news briefing. The plan may mean a higher EU diplomatic profile on Indo-Pacific issues, more EU personnel and investment in the region and a security presence such as dispatching ships through the South China Sea, or putting Europeans on Australian patrols. Reporting by Robin Emmott Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Bernadette BaumOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Francois Lenoir, Jean, Yves Le Drian, Josep Borrell, Peter Stano, Robin Emmott, Raissa Kasolowsky, Bernadette Baum Organizations: EU, REUTERS, European Union, French, Diplomats, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, Francois Lenoir BRUSSELS, France, Germany, Netherlands, India, Japan, Australia, Beijing, United States, Britain, China, South, Taiwan
read more"We must survive on our own, as others do," Borrell said as he presented a new EU strategy for the Indo-Pacific region, talking of the "strategic autonomy" that French President Emmanuel Macron has championed. The EU's chairman, Charles Michel, said the U.S. accord with Australia and Britain, "further demonstrates the need for a common EU approach in a region of strategic interest." Following an initial plan in April, the EU set out seven areas in which it would increase influence in the Indo-Pacific, in health, security, data, infrastructure, the environment, trade and oceans. [nL8N2QI2MB]The plan may mean a higher EU diplomatic profile on Indo-Pacific issues, more EU personnel and investment in the region and a security presence such as dispatching ships through the South China Sea, or putting Europeans on Australian patrols. Trade talks with Taiwan are likely to further irritate China, the EU's second-largest trading partner, after Lithuania deepened ties with the island.
Persons: Jason Lee BRUSSELS, Josep Borrell, Borrell, Emmanuel Macron, Charles Michel, Robin Emmott, Raissa Kasolowsky, Bernadette Baum Organizations: European, of, People, REUTERS, Reuters, Trade, Thomson Locations: European Union, China, EU, Beijing, Taiwan, India, Japan, Australia, United States, Britain, London, France, U.S, Lithuania
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell meets with Tunisia's President Kais Saied during his visit to Tunis, Tunisia September 10, 2021. Tunisian Presidency/Handout via REUTERSTUNIS, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Tunisian President Kais Saied on Friday said the country would not tolerate any foreign interference as he faces rising pressure from Western governments to restore constitutional order after seizing power in July. Visiting Tunis on Friday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said he conveyed European concerns about preserving democratic gains in Tunisia to Saied. Saied's intervention has thrust Tunisia into a constitutional crisis, raising concerns over the future of the democratic system. Saied said his intervention was in line with the constitution and necessitated by a national emergency due to political paralysis, high COVID-19 rates and protests.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Kais Saied, Saied, Saied's, Tarek Amara, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: Foreign, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Tunis, Tunisia, Tunisian, REUTERS TUNIS, Saied
EU must create deployable rapid reaction force, Borrell says
  + stars: | 2021-09-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell arrives to attend the G20 meeting of foreign and development ministers in Matera, Italy, June 29, 2021. "Sometimes there are events that catalyze history, that create a breakthrough, and I think that Afghanistan is one of these cases," EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said before an informal meeting of EU defence ministers in Slovenia. "We have to look for something more operational," he said of his call for a "first entry force". "The need for more, stronger European defence is more evident that ever," he told reporters. Reporting by Robin Emmott and Sabine Siebold Editing by Raissa KasolowskyOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold, Raissa Organizations: Foreign, REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Matera, Italy, BRDO, Slovenia, Afghanistan, EU
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell arrives to attend the G20 meeting of foreign and development ministers in Matera, Italy, June 29, 2021. The chaotic Western withdrawal from Afghanistan is likely to be a catalyst for the EU's attempts to develop its common defence, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in Slovenia, saying a rapid reaction force must be part of that. "The need for more, stronger European defence is more evident that ever," he told reporters. The long-proposed EU rapid reaction force is seen as more likely now after Britain's exit from the bloc, as London had been sceptical of collective defence policy. EU diplomats say they want a final deal on design and funding by March, when France, the EU's main remaining military power, takes over its six-month presidency in January.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Claudio Graziano, Borrell, Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold, Raissa Kasolowsky, Hugh Lawson, Peter Graff Organizations: Foreign, REUTERS, European Union, Union, EU, Thomson Locations: Matera, Italy, BRDO, Slovenia, Afghanistan, United States, London, France
The Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan is, first and foremost, a tragedy for Afghans. The world’s attention is rightly focused on trying to help those desperately trying to flee the country and worrying about those left behind, notably women and girls. Europe and the United States were united as never before in Afghanistan: It was the first time that NATO’s Article 5, committing all members to defend one another, was invoked. The United States understandably does not want to do everything alone. And to strengthen our cooperation, Europe must step up.
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EU says Afghanistan shows need for rapid-reaction force
  + stars: | 2021-08-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
European High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell leaves after the first day of a European Union leaders meeting in Brussels, Belgium June 25, 2021. Aris Oikonomou/Pool via REUTERSROME, Aug 30 (Reuters) - EU governments must push ahead with a European rapid reaction force to be better prepared for future crises such as in Afghanistan, the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said. Borrell said the 27-member EU should have a "initial entry force" of 5,000 soldiers. In May, 14 EU countries including Germany and France proposed such a force, possibly with ships and aircraft, to help democratic foreign governments needing urgent help. But obstacles remain, including the lack a common defence culture among the various EU members and differences over which countries should be given priority for deployment.
Persons: Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, Josep Borrell, Borrell, Sera, Giselda Vagnoni, Robin Emmott, Sabine Siebold, Philippa Fletcher Organizations: European, Representative, Union for Foreign Affairs, European Union, Aris Oikonomou, REUTERS, EU, Thomson Locations: Brussels, Belgium, REUTERS ROME, Afghanistan, U.S, Kabul, Germany, France, Kosovo, Britain, EU
People wait in cars to get fuel at a gas station in Zalka, Lebanon, August 20, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed AzakirBEIRUT, Aug 26 (Reuters) - The European Union is deeply concerned at the rapid deterioration of the crisis in Lebanon, its ambassador to Beirut said on Thursday, telling Lebanese leaders the time for action had run out and urging them to form a government. "We feel extreme concern about the rapid deterioration of the economic, financial, security and social crisis," Ambassador Ralph Tarraf said after meeting President Michel Aoun, carrying an urgent message from EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. The crisis has sunk the currency by more than 90%, forced more than half of Lebanese into poverty and frozen depositors out of their accounts. Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Alex RichardsonOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Mohamed Azakir, Ralph Tarraf, Michel Aoun, Josep Borrell, Tom Perry, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, European, EU, Thomson Locations: Zalka, Lebanon, Mohamed Azakir BEIRUT, Beirut, France, United States
Live Live Updates: Delays Strand Afghans Who Want to Flee As the Taliban cement control, the U.S. races to get Americans and Afghan allies to safety. Mayhem and bureaucracy strand Afghans who helped the U.S. Afghans trying to enter the military side of the Kabul airport on Thursday, hoping to flee the country. Mr. Biden has said he may extend an Aug. 31 deadline that he had imposed on the mission if necessary. “Our secretary of state signed a surrender agreement with the Taliban,” Mr. Trump’s second national security adviser, H.R. Zaki Anwari died at the Kabul airport while trying to flee Kabul, his soccer federation said.
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Live Live Updates: Biden to Address Afghan Crisis as Desperation Builds at Kabul Airport President Biden will speak on Friday amid intense criticism of the evacuation effort. Khalil Haqqani, a leader of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, delivering remarks after Friday Prayer at the Pul-i-Khishti Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 0:55 - 0:00 transcript Scenes of Chaos at Kabul Airport Gunshots were fired at Kabul’s airport on Thursday. As thousands desperately try to flee Afghanistan, Taliban fighters have blocked entrances, fired rifles and beaten some people in the crowds. Zaki Anwari died at the Kabul airport while trying to flee Kabul, his soccer federation said.
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EU's Borrell laments Afghan 'catastrophe' as staff evacuated
  + stars: | 2021-08-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon June 19, 2021. Addressing the European Parliament, Josep Borrell said about 100 EU staff and 400 Afghans working with the EU and their families had been evacuated, but that 300 more Afghans were still trying to leave. "Let me speak clearly and bluntly, this is a catastrophe," Borrell said. "It is a catastrophe for the Afghan people, for the Western values and credibility, and for the developing of international relations." Western countries have been scrambling to airlift their citizens, Afghan staff and their families out since the Taliban took control of the capital Kabul on Sunday.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Dalati, Borrell, Jens Stoltenberg, John Chalmers, Sabine Siebold, Kate Abnett, Gareth Jones Organizations: Union, REUTERS, EU, Afghan, NATO, Thomson Locations: Baabda, Lebanon, Handout, REUTERS BRUSSELS, Afghanistan, Kabul, Syria, Iraq, NATO
Protests Spread to Kabul as Taliban Struggle to Govern The day after protests in two cities were met with violence, rallies broke out in Kabul and at least one other city. Video transcript Back bars 0:00 / 0:55 - 0:00 transcript Scenes of Chaos at Kabul Airport Gunshots were fired at Kabul’s airport on Thursday. Zaki Anwari died at the Kabul airport while trying to flee Kabul, his soccer federation said. Hundreds gathered Monday near a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane at the perimeter of the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit... Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times Recognition of a revolutionary authority is never a simple question.
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LONDON — The European Union has suspended development funding to Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control of the war-torn country . No payments of development assistance until we clarify the situation," the EU's Josep Borrell said. "We have to see first what kind of government the Taliban are going to organize," he told reporters. The EU promised in November to donate 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) over the next four years in long-term and emergency assistance. These funds were conditional on Afghan authorities preserving democratic pluralism, the rule of law and human rights.
Persons: Josep Borrell Organizations: Kabul International Airport, LONDON, European Union, EU Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, Germany, Finland
"I haven't said that we are going to recognise the Taliban," Borrell told a news conference after a meeting of EU foreign ministers. "I just said that we have to talk with them for everything, even to try to protect women and girls. "We will put conditions for continual support, and we are going to use our leverage ... to make the human rights to be respected. He said humanitarian aid must be maintain and even increased, but assistance will only go to the Afghan government if conditions are met. Reporting by Kate Abnett, writing by John Chalmers; editing by Foo Yun CheeOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Oliver Varhelyi, Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell, Johanna Geron, Borrell, Kate Abnett, John Chalmers, Foo Yun Chee Organizations: European High Representative, Union for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs, REUTERS, BRUSSELS, European Union, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Brussels, Belgium
"I haven't said that we are going to recognise the Taliban," Borrell told a news conference. Borrell said the EU's priority was to evacuate EU staff and Afghan helpers from Kabul. Spain has offered to act as a hub to receive these people before they are sent on to EU countries that have offered them shelter, he said. "We have to get in touch with authorities in Kabul ... the Taliban have won the war, so we will have to talk to them." Borrell ranked the fall of Kabul to the Taliban the most important geopolitical event since the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014.
Persons: Josep Borrell, Borrell, Sabine Siebold, John Chalmers, Kate Abnett, Foo Yun Chee, Grant McCool Organizations: EU, European Union, Thomson Locations: BRUSSELS, Kabul, United States, Spain, Crimea, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, China
Afghanistan News: Reassurances From Taliban, but Fearful Afghans Look for the Exits A surge of U.S. troops restored order at the Kabul airport a day after Afghans mobbed the runway in a frantic attempt to flee. In some areas of Afghanistan, women have been told not to leave home without being accompanied by a male relative, and girls’ schools have been closed. American men and women would have been fighting and dying once again in Afghanistan.” Mr. Sullivan expressed sadness over the likely plight of women and girls in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. Members of the Taliban at their first press conference after they took control of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. In some areas of Afghanistan, women have been told not to leave home without being accompanied by a male relative, and girls’ schools have been closed.
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Live Afghanistan Live Updates: Kandahar, Lashkar Gah and Herat Fall to the Taliban; U.S. Readies Evacuation The Taliban continued their rout of Afghan forces, seizing control of three more cities by Friday morning and closing in on Kabul. Over the past week, the Taliban have taken one Afghan city after another in a rapid offensive that has left them well positioned to attack Kabul. By seizing the city, the Taliban can effectively proclaim a return to power, if not complete control. The insurgents had been encroaching on Kandahar city, the capital of the province of the same name, for several weeks, capturing surrounding districts, before entering the city for the first time on July 9. At least one of the strikes was against Taliban positions in the city of Kandahar, slowing the Taliban’s advance.
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Live Afghanistan Live Updates: As Major Cities Fall With Stunning Speed, U.S. Readies Evacuation The Taliban continued their rout of Afghan forces, seizing control of Kandahar, Herat, and Lashkar Gah by Friday morning. As the insurgents closed in on Kabul, the Biden administration dispatched 3,000 troops to help evacuate Americans from the country. Credit Credit... Photo by Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — Three major cities in western and southern Afghanistan were confirmed on Friday to have fallen to the Taliban, as the insurgents’ race to take control of the country accelerated. Only three major Afghan cities — the capital, Kabul, Jalalabad and Mazar-i-Sharif — remain under government control, and one is under siege by the Taliban. Over the past week, the Taliban have taken one Afghan city after another in a rapid offensive that has left them well positioned to attack Kabul.
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Prepares Airlift as Cities Fall to Taliban With Stunning Speed The insurgents continued to rout Afghan forces, amid calls for President Ashraf Ghani to step down, and Biden administration dispatched 3,000 troops to help evacuate American and Afghan civilians. Now, it’s a case of reality biting.”Why has the Afghan military crumbled so quickly in the face of the Taliban offensive? And U.S. forces have sharply curtailed airstrikes in support of Afghan forces. For decades, Pakistan has served as a sanctuary for the Afghan Taliban, who have often crossed the countries’ rugged, 1,660-mile border with ease. Inside Afghanistan, American troops quickly toppled the Taliban government and crushed its fighting forces as 2001 drew to a close.
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