Myanmar set for more protests, as Indonesia steps up diplomacy

Myanmar is set for more protests against military rule on Wednesday, as Indonesia sought to build a diplomatic coalition among other Southeast Asian countries to steer a path out of the political crisis. This week saw huge rallies on Monday and a general strike to denounce the military’s February 1 coup and demand the release […]

Covid-19 Live Updates: Vaccines Are a New Tool in Global Diplomacy

Here’s what you need to know: A dose of vaccine manufactured in India being administered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January.Credit…Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters It’s one of the world’s most in-demand commodities and has become a new currency for international diplomacy: Countries with the means or the know-how are using coronavirus vaccines to curry favor or thaw […]

To counter China, India pursues vaccine diplomacy in South Asia

India will give millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine to South Asian countries in the next few weeks, government sources said, drawing praise from the country’s neighbours and pushing back against China’s dominating presence in the region. Free shipments of AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, the world’s biggest producer of vaccines, […]

Iran welcomes Qatar’s call to resume diplomacy with Gulf states

Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasises the need for collaboration for a ‘strong region free from hegemony’. Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomed Qatar’s call on Gulf states to engage in a dialogue with the Islamic Republic and to broker negotiations. “As we have consistently emphasized, the solution to our challenges lies in collaboration to […]

Qatar calls on Gulf nations to engage in diplomacy with Iran

Doha is ‘hopeful’ that new talks between Tehran and Gulf Arab states will take place. Qatar is urging Gulf nations to enter into a dialogue with Iran and has offered to broker negotiations after a three-year blockade on Doha was recently removed by its Arab neighbours. Qatar, which shares a major gas field with Iran, […]

Qatar-GCC agreement: A victory for measured diplomacy

On January 5, during a Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit in Saudi Arabia, Gulf leaders signed a “solidarity and stability” agreement to end a three-and-a-half-year-long blockade against Qatar. The news generated great excitement among people in Qatar, who have long been eager to reunite with their extended families living in other Gulf states and resume […]