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Violent clashes between the Taliban and Afghan government: Dozens Dead
Asia Pacific Focus

Violent clashes between the Taliban and Afghan government: Dozens Dead

Afghan authorities said on Wednesday that clashes took place between Afghan forces and Taliban militants which led to dozens of deaths across the country during the past 24 hours, despite the United States’ attempt to mediate between the two parties.

Abdul Qadir Mufti, a spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Petroleum and Mining, said on Twitter that eight security personnels were killed in an attack by the Taliban on a checkpoint at the Anak copper mine in eastern Afghan province of Logar on Tuesday evening.

Zabihullah Amani, spokesman for the governor of Saribul province, said that the armed group also launched several attacks at checkpoints in the northern region, killing 11 security forces, wounding 19 and capturing one.

The attacks threaten to derail the fragile peace process, as the Taliban reject repeated government calls for a truce at a time when the country is trying to control the increasing spread of the Coronavirus and implement a prisoner exchange agreement and is looking for formal peace talks to reach a final agreement to stop the war whose only victim is the afghani people and try to get the county back on track instead of dividing people and make them live in a more disastrous state than the one they presently live in.

The Taliban have resumed attacks on Afghan forces after a week-long reduction in violence after signing of an agreement with the United States in February to withdraw troops.

The United States and other international powers have called on the Taliban to reduce attacks and stop violating the signed agreement and the commander of the US forces met this month with the Taliban leadership in Qatar on this issue in an attempt to convince the Taliban to stop the violations and make the same efforts the Afghan government does to at least take the time to face the corona virus spread.

The White House said that US President Donald Trump and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, agreed in a phone call on Wednesday on the importance of the Taliban reducing violence in Afghanistan.

He added in a statement that the two leaders also agreed on the need to continue the discussion on the release of prisoners in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior said on Twitter that a purge in Logar province had killed 20 Taliban militants.

A statement of the police in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan said that the clashes in three regions in the region resulted in killing four members of the Afghan security forces and 31 Taliban fighters.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said that a bomb exploded on a road in the central Ghazni region late Tuesday night, killing four civilians. The ministry accused the Taliban of planting the bomb.

The movement made no announcement of responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks.

Washington-Tehran: Tensions Flare !
Americas, Asia Pacific Focus

Washington-Tehran: Tensions Flare !

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Hussein Salami threatened on Thursday, of the destruction of American warships if Iranian security is threatened in the Gulf.

Salami’s threats came a day after US President Donald Trump warned Tehran against the “harassment” of American ships and that he had ordered the navy to shoot any Iranian ships harassing them at sea, but he later said he did not change the rules of military engagements.

“Our naval forces have ordered the destruction of any American terrorist force in the Persian Gulf that threatens the security of Iranian military or non-military ships,” Salami told state television, adding, “The security of the Persian Gulf is part of Iran’s strategic priorities.”

Earlier this month, the US military said that 11 Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats were dangerously close to US Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, describing the incident as “dangerous and provocative.”

On Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the Swiss ambassador to Tehran, who takes care of US interests in the country, because of the recent tensions between Tehran and Washington.

“I tell the Americans that we are totally and very seriously determined to defend our national security, maritime borders, and the safety of our ships and security forces and we will respond decisively to any sabotage action,” he said. “The Americans have tested our strength in the past and they must learn from that.”

Tensions between Iran and the United States have escalated again since 2018 when Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Trump should focus on protecting American soldiers from the outbreak of the new Corona virus.

He added in a tweet, “Covid-19 struck the American army with more than five thousand cases and the American forces have no right, seven thousand miles from their country, to provoke our sailors off our coast on the Persian Gulf.” Iran calls the Arab Gulf the Persian Gulf.

Religious rulers in Iran consider the US military presence in the Middle East a threat to the security of the Islamic Republic.

In a move that fueled tensions over Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, the Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that it had successfully launched the country’s first military satellite into orbit. The announcement sparked protests from Washington.

The US military said long-range ballistic missile technologies used to put satellites into orbit could allow Iran to launch missiles with a longer range and possibly nuclear warheads at some point.

Tehran denies US assurances that such activities are a cover to the development of ballistic missiles and says it has never sought to develop nuclear weapons.

On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo considered that Iran had violated UN Security Council resolutions by launching a military satellite and promised that this step would have repercussions.

“The Iranians have always affirmed that these satellite programs are completely separate from any military aspect and are purely commercial programs,” he told a news conference.

On Thursday, Iran called on the international community to hold the United States responsible for the sanctions, which Iran described as “brutality” imposed on them, as it is among the countries most affected by the emerging coronavirus and is experiencing difficulties in stopping its spread.

Tehran accuses Washington of exacerbating the country’s health crisis as a result of re-imposing sanctions in 2018. following its unilateral withdrawal from the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

On Thursday, the Iranian Ministry of Health announced that it recorded 90 additional deaths with Covid-19, raising the total to 5481 deaths.

“Today, the Corona virus has spread not only in Iran, but in almost all countries and facing it requires collective action,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said in a statement.

“In addition to fighting the virus, Iran is facing illegal and inhuman American sanctions, which have increased pressure on the Iranian people,” in the midst of a new escalation of tensions between the two countries as a result of a serious incident in the Gulf waters last week.

“The Iranian people have the right to access their financial resources to fight the disease and face its economic consequences,” Araghchi added.

He concluded that “the brutal and unilateral sanctions of the United States represent a clear violation of Security Council Resolution 2231, and therefore the international community must hold the responsibility of the United States.”

In theory, sanctions are not supposed to include health materials (especially medicines and medical equipment), but in practice international banks prefer to reject transfers that include Iran, whatever the goods, for fear of being subjected to US punitive measures.

Brussels-London Relationship Talks on Thin Ice
Europe

Brussels-London Relationship Talks on Thin Ice

London-EU relationship talks after Brexit are facing a difficult struggle while the Coronavirus continues to spread in Britain and Europe, killing nearly 110,000 people.

The European Union and the United Kingdom agreed on Monday to call for progress in their ongoing negotiations to determine their future relationship after Brexit, following a long hiatus due to the Covid-19 epidemic that threatens the possibility of an agreement by the end of December.

The negotiation teams met, headed by the French, Michel Barnier on the European side and his counterpart David Frost on the British side, via video conference Monday evening.

After a first round of talks in early March, negotiations were suspended for six weeks. The emerging Corona virus weighed on the course of the talks. It first hit Michel Barnier, then David Frost, before it hit British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is currently recovering after being taken to hospital where he was placed in intensive care for days.

“We expect new, constructive talks, aimed at making progress by June,” said a spokesman for the British government.

“We must make progress in all areas. Our goal is to achieve tangible progress by June,” Barnier declared, in a tweet.

Despite the confusion caused by the epidemic, Britain, which emerged from the European Union on January 31, rejected on Monday any extension of the transitional period until after the end of December, increasing the risk of not reaching an agreement regulating the future relationship between the two parties.

The International Monetary Fund Director, Kristalina Georgieva, called for the extension of the deadline, stressing that the “increased uncertainty” caused by the health crisis should be avoided.

Fabian Zoeleg of the European Policy Center confirms that “technical” restrictions on CCTV negotiations and “potential economic repercussions” of failure to reach an agreement “strongly favor the extension”, especially as failure appears to lead to the most Brexit scenario. That is, exit without agreement. “

The shock of the epidemic adds to a fundamentally difficult process in which the two parties were unable to settle their differences on future relations at the conclusion of the first round of talks.

The first issue in dispute is that the British want several agreements (trade relations, fishing) while the European Union wants an agreement in order to advance all issues simultaneously.

For Brussels, there will be no partnership if the issue of fishing is not settled in a “balanced” manner, a subject that threatens to escalate the dispute, as it is considered essential for several member states, especially France and Denmark.

However, the Europeans did not receive the British text on fishing on Monday morning, according to the European source.

The second issue in dispute is the terms of competition that the European Union wants “transparent and fair” to prevent the emergence of an informal economy at its gates. And such conditions require respecting common standards in the fields of economy, labor, environment and taxes in particular, which London rejects, adhering to “control of its own laws.”

“We do not yet know which direction the Europeans and the British will take,” said Eric Morris of the Schuman Foundation. “All data has changed and we do not yet know how it will stabilize by the end of June.”

The two teams will continue their talks this week, with Michel Barnier showing what was reached at a press conference Friday at the conclusion of this second round. The next rounds of negotiations will take place in May and then in early June.

Iran choses armaments over efforts to curb corona pandemic
Middle East & Africa

Iran choses armaments over efforts to curb corona pandemic

Despite the outbreak of the Corona epidemic among the Iranian people as a result of the authorities’ leniency in encircling it since the beginning of its spread, the Iranian authorities are still spending money in armaments instead of making plans to confront the pandemic.

Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami told official television Saturday that the Iranian armed forces had acquired three aircraft carrying a 1,500-km bombing range.

During the handover ceremony of the planes, televised from Tehran, the minister stated that these drones can monitor “enemy movements from a distance”.

He added that the planes are equipped with bombs and missiles and can fly at a height of 13716 meters. He did not mention the name of the new aircrafts, saying, “The planes are manufactured by the Iranian military industries sector with the participation of local universities.”

Drones are an important element in monitoring the Iranian border, especially in the Gulf waters and around the Strait of Hormuz, through which about 20 percent of the world’s oil supplies pass.

Iran recently returned to its policy of provoking American warships in the Gulf waters, as warships belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards carried out “dangerous provocative” exercises near American warships that were patrolling international waters in the Gulf this week.

Although the Iranian Ministry of Defense denied the Revolutionary Guards ‘involvement in the provocation, the records and photos revealed the boats’ approaching a few meters to the battleships.

These provocations come at a time when Iran has turned into a hotspot for the Coruna outbreak, with thousands of deaths and contaminated cases recorded.

Iran announced on Saturday, 73 new deaths from the emerging coronavirus, bringing the total to 5031 cases, at a time when the government allowed small institutions in Tehran to open their doors.

Health Ministry spokesman Kyanosh Jahanpur stated that 1,374 new infections were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in Iran to 80,860.

Iran used to invoke US sanctions to justify its failure to combat the virus, but the people became surprised by the regime’s ability to waste money in armaments and not to save the lives of those affected by the epidemic.

Last year, Iran had caused a state of tension that had developed into a war after it hijacked a number of oil tankers after the United States tightened sanctions on it after it had renounced the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Despite the dilemma that Iran faces due to its inability to curb the new Corona epidemic, it is still carrying out illegal activities by supporting its allies in the Middle East region with money and weapons.

Iran also insists on continuing to develop its nuclear program, striking the wall with all international warnings and taking advantage of the global preoccupation with the outbreak of Covid-19.

Tehran is inciting its allies, especially in Iraq, to carry out missile attacks against American bases, prompting the American army to activate the Patriot missile system.

US President Donald Trump has warned Iran of the consequences of Iranian provocations, stressing his refusal to lift the sanctions against Tehran, which have been called by a number of countries, especially China and Russia, because of the outbreak of the Corona virus.

Biden accuses Trump of failing to hold China accountable
Americas

Biden accuses Trump of failing to hold China accountable

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, on Friday, accused President Donald Trump of failing to hold China accountable for the “Covid-19” epidemic.

“The bitter truth is that Trump has left America exposed and vulnerable to the epidemic,” Joe Biden said in a video posted on the Internet, adding that the US president ignored the warnings of health experts and intelligence agencies, and “instead put his faith on China’s leaders”, who, according to several officials around the world, have lied about the pandemic and held crucial informations which could’ve helped other countries deal better with the virus’ spread.

Biden added that Donald Trump ended funding for a program created during the Obama administration to monitor urgent infectious diseases and cut the number of experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in China by two thirds.

He said that Trump “left a place vacant, that was reserved for an American, within the China Disease Control Agency. Now we are all paying the price,” according to Reuters.

The Trump campaign has moved quickly to use Biden’s record for nearly 50 years as a senator, vice-president, and presidential candidate as material for attacks on China, an issue that has emerged as a major battlefield for election campaigns ahead of the November elections.

On Thursday, a pro-Trump political action committee calling itself “America First” set aside $ 10 million in a new campaign to attack Biden in the frontline states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The ads filmed Biden as a friend of the ruling Communist Party of China, while highlighting Trump’s decision in January to ban travel from China after the new Corona virus outbreak began there.

While Biden’s allies welcomed this election battle, they said that Trump undermined the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and allowed the rapid spread of the new Corona virus, which first appeared in Wuhan, China, but now has killed more than 35,000 Americans.

On Friday, “American Bridge 21” unveiled a “first wave” of anti-Trump advertising campaigns in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, costing $ 15 million.

The ads criticized Trump for providing American medical supplies to help China and for praising Chinese President Xi Jinping for his transparency in the way the virus was treated despite widespread skepticism about the accuracy of the death toll reported by China, which now stands at about 4,600 cases.

“Trump trusted China and sent Beijing our supplies, and now he’s looking at the chaos we are in,” the campaign advertised.

US, UK and France accuse Beijing of hiding the truth about the origin of COVID-19
Americas, Europe

US, UK and France accuse Beijing of hiding the truth about the origin of COVID-19

US Presidents Donald Trump and French Emmanuel Macron accused China of hiding the true number of corona virus deaths, saying that the outcome is much higher than announced, after a new toll containing a higher number of deaths was reported in Wuhan, where the epidemic appeared.

These accusations are the latest in the context of a words’ war sparked by the emergence of the Corona virus and its rapid spread in most countries of the world.

“China has just announced doubling the number of deaths from the invisible enemy covid-19. It is much higher than what have been announced and much higher than the United States, not nearly close!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

It seems that the US President was referring to the sudden increase of 50 percent in the death toll in Wuhan.

The US administration has accused China for weeks of “hiding” the seriousness of the virus. It announced on Thursday, the opening of an” investigation” into the origins of the Covid-19 epidemic, citing the hypothesis that it was sourced from a laboratory in Wuhan that studies viruses and has “leaked” from it.

French President Emmanuel Macron pointed the finger of accusation Thursday at Beijing, as did American officials. “There are obviously things that have happened and we don’t know,” Macron told the British Financial Times, questioning the death toll announced by China.

In London, Secretary of State Dominic Rapp also announced that Beijing should answer “difficult questions about the emergence of the virus and why it could not be stopped early.”

In the face of these accusations, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Legian stressed on Friday that “there has been no concealment of information and we will not allow any concealment,” even if he acknowledged that there was “delay” and “omission” in the death registration.

The Wuhan municipality justified its failure to count the new deaths in the basic outcome by the fact that the patients died in their homes, not in hospitals.

The new toll was released after the world’s growing doubts about the transparency of Chinese numbers. Wuhan officials said a mistake had been made in calculating the number of deaths to which they added 1,290 deaths to the toll of the city where most of the officially recognized deaths in China were registered as a result of the emerging Corona virus.

Since it appeared at the end of 2019 in central China’s Wuhan, the virus has spread to more than two million people worldwide. With the spread of domestic confinement imposed on more than 4.4 billion people, while partial or full unemployment affected tens of millions of people, including 22 million in the United States alone.

Germany announced on Friday, that the epidemic is “under control”, noting that stores will soon resume work, with schools opening their doors again from May 4th.

It is generally believed that the new Corona virus appeared in a market in Wuhan in which live wild animals were sold for the purpose of consumption, and that the virus had moved in this market from animals to humans and had mutated.

However, American media presented another theory. The Washington Post reported that the US embassy in Beijing informed Washington two years ago about insufficient security measures in a local laboratory that studies corona viruses in bats, while Fox News reported that the emerging virus came from this laboratory. In particular, even if it is a natural virus, not a compound, it may be an accidental “leak” as a result of improper preventive measures.

The global epidemic has reached 145,673 deaths out of 218,740 cases, which have been officially counted in 193 countries. The United States is the country that is most affected by the epidemic, with 33,000 deaths out of 671425 cases, followed by Italy (22170 deaths out of 168941 cases), then Spain (19,478 deaths out of 188068 cases), France (18,681 deaths out of 165027 cases), and the United Kingdom (14576 Death out of 108,692 cases).

There is still controversy over the death toll in Spain, where some regions say the figures are below the actual number. The confusion increased as the authorities changed the method of counting deaths, which led to a change in the numbers announced in the past days.

In Italy, about 17,000 health workers were infected with the emerging coronavirus, which represents 10 percent of the total number of infections in this country, according to the Higher Institute of Health.

In neighboring Belgium, the epidemic has caused the death of more than five thousand people, most of them in nursing homes, according to the latest official toll.

The World Bank announced on Friday that the economic crisis caused by the global epidemic may erase the progress made in the development of poor countries in recent years, warning of “an unprecedented crisis, health, economic and social repercussions will be devastating throughout the world.”

Beijing rejects Washingtons accusation of secret nuclear tests
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Beijing rejects Washingtons accusation of secret nuclear tests

A US State Department report indicated that Beijing may have conducted a number of underground nuclear explosions, However, China denied the US State Department report’s accusations on Thursday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Li Jian told reporters during a daily press briefing that Beijing is fulfilling its obligations in non-proliferation treaties, adding that the US accusations are invalid and doesn’t have any proof of what they accuse China with.

“The American criticism of China is totally unfounded and does not deserve refutation.” Said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Li Jian.

In the summary of its annual report to assess global agreements to reduce nuclear armament, the US State Department said yesterday that China is “continuing a high level of activity” at its test site in Lop Nur, in the western Xinjiang region.

The report said that China may have conducted a series of secret nuclear explosions despite its emphasis on adhering to an international treaty banning such explosions.

This news, which was published by the Wall Street Journal, could lead to a further deterioration of relations already strained due to US accusations that the global Covid-19 pandemic resulted from Beijing’s mishandling of the outbreak in Wuhan at the end of last year, adding to that, naming the Covid-19 the (Chinese virus), as the US president Donald Trump and a number of US officials called it, which deteriorated highly the US and Chinese relations.

US fears that Beijing might violate the “zero power” standard in nuclear explosions were sparked by activities at the Lube Noor nuclear test site in 2019. The State Department said.

The term “zero power” refers to a nuclear test procedure that does not include any chain reaction with an explosion, such as the type used to detonate a nuclear warhead.

The 1996 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty allows the sort of activities that ensure the safety of nuclear weapons.

Nine countries in the world currently possess nuclear weapons – the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea, the number of countries possessing the nuclear power are getting higher, and this threatens the worlds’ safety, the agreements restricting nuclear power are certainly done to avoid any nuclear war that might have unimaginable consequences on human kind, but on the other hand the number of countries possessing that power is also highly dangerous and problematic for countries without this kind of weapons.

Coronavirus pandemic : Macron hopes for Putins support for a global truce
Europe

Coronavirus pandemic : Macron hopes for Putins support for a global truce

French President Emmanuel Macron said he has won approval from three of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to support the United Nations’ call for a ceasefire around the world so that humankind can focus on the Corona virus crisis.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for a global truce on March 23rd, noting the collapse of the health system in war-ravaged countries and the targeting of the remaining medical personnel in combat operations.
Macron said that Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured him all of their support.

The French president said he hoped to obtain the approval of Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming hours.
“I spoke to him at the beginning of this initiative. I have not spoken to him since I got firm assurances from other leaders. I will do it in the next few hours,” he added in comments to Radio France Internationale.

“I think President Putin will definitely agree, and on the day he announces this, we will be able to hold a video conference and communicate this invitation in an official, strong and effective manner,” he added.

The UN Security Council met for the first time on April 9th to discuss the Corona Virus Crisis as the 15-member Council made great efforts to agree on whether to take any action in this regard.

The five veto powers in the UN Security Council are the United States, China, France, Russia and Britain. These countries are discussing a draft resolution prepared by France.

Macron confirmed in an interview with Radio France International on Wednesday that a decision to suspend the debt of African countries is a “necessary stage” to help the continent overcome the crisis of the emerging Corona virus.

Macron called on the finance ministers of the Group of 20 nations, who met on Wednesday, to activate the debt suspension while the Covid-19 epidemic threatens the fragile health systems of the world’s poorest countries.

The French president said this comment was a “global precedent.” “In time of crisis, we allow the African economies to breathe and not to pay the debt service,” he said, stressing that it is “an indispensable stage and I think it is a wonderful progress.”

He continued, “Every year, a third of what Africa exports is used commercially to pay the debt service. This is madness! In recent years, we have deepened this problem,” noting that he supports an initiative to cancel this big debt.
“We must help Africa strengthen its capabilities to cope with the health shock, and we must first help it economically,” Macron stressed.

Although the epidemic affects Africa less than the rest of the world, Macron called for caution. “I am not one of those who dread things and I also do not want to be naive. This virus is killing everyone today,” he said.

“I talked a lot to my African partners to impose the maximum measures of isolation and sop the epidemic,” he said, explaining that “as much as they delay it, the Europeans are in a position to help them because we will not reach the height of the epidemic at one time.”

Macron called for the mobilization of all international and private institutions to quickly develop a treatment and a vaccine against Covid-19.

US -Taliban: Resume Peace Agreement Negotiations
Americas

US -Taliban: Resume Peace Agreement Negotiations

Senior US officials restarted negotiations with the Afghan Taliban’s leaders about the implementation of the peace agreement signed between the two parties in February in the Qatari capital, Doha.

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the movement’s political bureau, said that his delegation, led by Mullah Pradar, the deputy leader of the Taliban, met late Monday with the American Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad and General Scott Miller, commander of the American forces in Afghanistan, in the presence of the Qatari foreign minister and Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani.

Shaheen said in a statement that during the meeting, “there were talks about the full implementation of the agreement’s terms and the dilemma of postponing the release of prisoners.”

On Monday, the US State Department said in a statement that Khalilzad would meet Taliban representatives to discuss current challenges in implementing the agreement between the Afghan Taliban movement and the United States. On April 5th, the Taliban threatened to resume their attacks on a large scale unless the peace agreement was respected by all parties.

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“We respect the peace agreement. Nevertheless, the American side and its internal and external military supporters are targeting the civilian population and Taliban centers that are not even on the battlefield,” the Taliban said in their statement.

“The process of releasing 5,000 prisoners was also postponed due to the Afghan government’s arguments, which have been described as “weak.” The Afghan Taliban added.

The Taliban are demanding the release of 5 thousand prisoners from their militants, in exchange for the release of a thousand prisoners from the security forces and Afghan officials, and this is what was decided as per the peace agreement previously signed.

The Afghan government insists on their release in stages, along with a ceasefire and direct talks between Afghans.

The talks, which were held despite the global pandemic of the Corona Virus, came after some progress was made regarding the prisoners’ release, as Kabul released about 300 detainees, while the Taliban released a first batch of government prisoners which seemed to be a good start for both parties, but not enough to implement what have been signed.

The dispute over the release of prisoners, increased attacks by the Taliban and other issues have frozen the Washington-led efforts to end the longest American war and decades of conflict in Afghanistan.

The Taliban accused the United States, last week, of violating the agreement by supporting Afghan security forces’ operations in some areas of the country and warned that any such support would jeopardize the agreement.

There was no comment from the US State Department, which had previously announced that Khalilzad would meet with Taliban officials to discuss “the current challenges in implementing the agreement between the United States and the Taliban.”

American presidential elections: A new sanders-Biden alliance
Americas

American presidential elections: A new sanders-Biden alliance

US Senator Bernie Sanders announced on Monday his support for Joe Biden’s candidacy for the US presidency, asking everyone to vote for the former US vice president. “I ask all Americans, I ask every Democrat, I ask all independents, and I ask many Republicans to meet in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I support,” said Sanders.

Sanders, who withdrew from the race to win the Democratic nomination, appeared alongside Biden in an online recording. According to the Associated Press.

Sanders’ endorsement is a milestone development for Biden, who has to bring fractious visions of the Democratic Party closer in order to unify voters against President Donald Trump next fall.

Sanders’ endorsement of Biden appears to contradict the 2016’s battle between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who became the Democrat’s candidate that year. Sanders announced his support for Clinton after a long war over winning the party’s nomination and amid bitter battles over the democratic program that was extended until the General Conference in the summer.

Biden and Sanders appeared on one screen, with Sanders saying, “It is no secret that we have differences.” But he cited the continued work of the two camps on many political files as a reason for Biden’s support, stressing that the top priority is to defeat Trump.

“We have to make Trump president for not more than one term … I will do everything I can to make this happen,” Sanders added.

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