For foreign investors in Myanmar, coup adds new uncertainties

On February 1, Vijay Dhayal, an Indian business consultant in Myanmar’s biggest city, Yangon, received a call at 6am (23:30 GMT) from a member of his team telling him that a coup was under way, plunging what had been a routine Monday morning into turmoil The military had begun detaining civilian leaders, overthrowing Myanmar’s democratically […]

‘Event management’: Foreign envoys visit Kashmir amid shutdown

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – A delegation of foreign envoys, including from African, European and Latin American countries, began their two-day tour of Indian-administered Kashmir amid an increased blanket of security and a spontaneous shutdown in some parts of the region. Soon after their arrival on Wednesday in Srinagar, the region’s main city, the envoys were […]

Saudi HQ: Kingdom will require foreign firms to set up shop

Saudi Arabia has offered firms a package of incentives including tax breaks to urge them to set up shop in the kingdom under a plan dubbed ‘Project HQ’, which is also designed to shift the Gulf’s business hub away from Dubai. Saudi Arabia said it will stop working with foreign firms that don’t base their […]

Group urges foreign officials to locate, freeze Myanmar assets

Activist group says Myanmar military controls $5.7bn in foreign currency reserves, facilitating ‘brutal’ repression. Myanmar’s military may have access to more than $5bn in foreign exchange reserves that it could use to further strengthen its hold following a coup on February 1, according to an activist group. Justice for Myanmar – self-described as a group […]

Peru’s foreign minister resigns over COVID vaccine scandal

Elizabeth Astete is the second official to step down amid a growing scandal over politicians receiving jabs well before the general public. Peru’s foreign minister has resigned, the second top official to step down amid a growing scandal over politicians receiving COVID-19 vaccinations well before the general public. Elizabeth Astete tweeted on Sunday that she […]

UAE removes foreign affairs minister Gargash in cabinet reshuffle

Sheikh Shakhbout will replace Gargash, who was appointed an adviser to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has removed minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash from his post in a cabinet reshuffle. Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan will replace Gargash, who was appointed an adviser to UAE President […]

Amazon-Ambani dispute has foreign investors eyeing India warily

Investors are keenly watching the court case that could determine who dominates India’s huge retail sector for legal precedents about the validity of foreign rulings. The tussle between two of the world’s richest men — Jeff Bezos and Mukesh Ambani — to dominate India’s estimated $1 trillion retail market is testing foreign investor patience with […]

Instability may make Ethiopia a hard sell to foreign investors

Since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared victory over the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in late November, Tigray’s airspace has opened and businesses are gradually picking up again, despite ongoing tensions and a vow by the TPLF to continue fighting. Abiy even visited the embattled city of Mekelle on December 13, his first trip […]

Biden lays out foreign policy plan to reverse Trump agenda

US President Joe Biden laid out his foreign policy agenda on Thursday afternoon, unveiling a return to “standing shoulder to shoulder with our allies and key partners once more” after years of the previous administration’s diplomacy, which tended towards isolationism. “Over the past two weeks, I’ve spoken with the leaders of many of our closest […]

UN, foreign missions urge Myanmar to ‘adhere to democratic norms’

More than a dozen embassies join the UN in a chorus of international concern about a possible coup. More than a dozen embassies, including the United States and the European Union delegation, have urged Myanmar to “adhere to democratic norms”, joining the United Nations in a chorus of international concern about a possible coup. The […]

China authorises coast guard to fire on foreign vessels if needed

Legislation allows demolition of other countries’ structures built on Chinese-claimed reefs, board and inspect foreign vessels in waters Beijing claims. China has passed a law that for the first time explicitly allows its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels, a move that could make the contested South China Sea and nearby waters more choppy. China […]

Justin Trudeau to Get Biden’s First Official Call to a Foreign Leader

TORONTO — We’re friends again! That was the prevailing mood in Canada this week after the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. After four years of being insulted, threatened, dismissed and slapped by the Trump administration, shellshocked Canadians felt the once-familiar warmth of their neighbor and closest ally, the United States. Of […]

How Donald Trump shook up US foreign policy

President Donald Trump laid out his vision for an “America First” foreign policy during his inaugural speech on the steps of the US Capitol on January 20, 2017. “From this moment on, it’s going to be America First,” he vowed. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to […]

Zimbabwe’s foreign minister dies of COVID-19

Sibusiso Moyo, who became the face of the 2017 coup against then-President Robert Mugabe, died at a hospital in Harare. Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sibusiso Moyo has died from COVID-19, the government announced on Wednesday. He gained prominence in 2017 as the military general who announced the coup against then-President Robert Mugabe on television. […]

Zimbabwe’s foreign minister dies from Covid-19.

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s minister of foreign affairs and international trade, Sibusiso Busi Moyo, has died, the office of the president said on Wednesday. The cause was complications related to Covid-19. Mr. Moyo became the fourth high-ranking official in Zimbabwe to succumb to the virus since the start of the pandemic. “The late minister succumbed […]

Libya: UN chief urges foreign fighters to leave by Saturday

Arab League also presses for a solution to threat posed by armed groups and militias as Libya strives for peace. The UN chief urged the departure of all foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya by Saturday as called for in the October 23 ceasefire agreement signed by the warring sides after years of fighting split […]

‘Predictable, tactical’: How Biden will tackle US foreign policy

Joe Biden’s incoming administration will usher in a distinct shift in the United States’ approach to diplomacy and world affairs, analysts have said, just days before the president-elect is inaugurated. Biden has long supported multilateralism and has promised to restore key political, security and trade alliances when he takes office, while also bolstering the US’s […]

FBI probing Capitol riot link to foreign governments, groups

The FBI is investigating whether foreign governments, organisations or individuals provided financial support to people who helped plan and execute the January 6 attack on the Capitol, a news report said on Sunday. As part of the investigation, the FBI is examining payments of $500,000 in bitcoin, apparently by a French national, to key figures […]

Foreign medics forced to wait amid UK delay in visa process

Author:  Zaynab Khojji article author:  Arab News ID:  1610198552372901000 Sat, 2021-01-09 16:22 LONDON: The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is struggling to treat people or find enough staff amid a resurgence of COVID-19, yet many foreign medics across the country have been left unable to help due to immigration rules. A number of international health […]

UK Foreign Office: Citizens arrested abroad have ‘no right to our help’

LONDON: British citizens unjustly arrested abroad have no right to government protection even if they face torture or are used as diplomatic leverage against the UK, the Foreign Office has warned. The comments were made in a letter to lawyers representing Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British dual national detained by Tehran, The Times newspaper reported. Zaghari-Ratcliffe […]

Iran’s foreign minister arouses Afghan anger

Author:  article author:  Sayed Salahuddin Mon, 2020-12-21 01:37 KABUL: Senior Afghan analysts on Sunday criticized comments by the Iranian foreign minister, where he suggested fighters from Fatemiyoun, an Iranian militia made up of Afghan Shiite migrants, could help in Kabul’s fight against Daesh. The Fatemiyoun Division is considered to be under the Quds Force, the branch […]

Cuba attracts $1.9bn in foreign investment despite US sanctions

The Caribbean island nation aims to attract $2bn to $2.5bn annually to update its state-run economy. Cash-strapped Cuba said on Tuesday that it had attracted $1.9bn worth of foreign investment over the past year despite tighter United States sanctions. Trade Minister Rodrigo Malmierca told an online news conference that Cuba continues to reduce internal obstacles […]