Japan reiterates no change in plan to deploy Self-Defense Forces to Middle East

Japan reiterates no change in plan to deploy Self-Defense Forces to Middle East

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga speaks at a news conference after the reshuffling of the Japanese cabinet at Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Issei KatoTOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is closely monitoring the situation in the Middle East but there is no change in its plan…
Hezbollah: U.S. forces in Middle East to go home in coffins

Hezbollah: U.S. forces in Middle East to go home in coffins

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Sunday the U.S. military in the Middle East would pay the price for the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani, warning that U.S. soldiers and officers would return home in coffins. Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen during…
UK military has increased security at Middle East bases after Soleimani killing: Sky News

UK military has increased security at Middle East bases after Soleimani killing: Sky News

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has increased its security and readiness at military bases in the Middle East after the United States killed Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, Sky News reported on Friday without citing sources. Britain has about 400 military personnel in Iraq, who help provide training in the country. They are mostly located at Taji…
Japan will keep deployment to Middle East to secure shipping lane: government

Japan will keep deployment to Middle East to secure shipping lane: government

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Wednesday it will stick with plans to deploy Self-Defense Forces to the Middle East to ensure the safety of its ships, even amid heightened tensions after the United States’ killing of an Iranian military commander. Japan’s National Security Council will meet to discuss the region, while no decision has…
Trump says he had a good meeting on Middle East, military and trade

Trump says he had a good meeting on Middle East, military and trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he had a very good meeting on the Middle East, the military and trade on Tuesday, shortly after he returned to his Florida club from his golf course. It was not clear what meeting Trump was referring to and he offered no details. “Very good meeting on…
Philippines allows citizens to stay in Iran, Lebanon as Middle East tensions ease

Philippines allows citizens to stay in Iran, Lebanon as Middle East tensions ease

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will no longer require its citizens to leave Iran and Lebanon as worries of a broader conflict in the Middle East eased, but the mandatory evacuation order for workers in Iraq remains in force, officials said on Thursday. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, a retired general named by President Rodrigo Duterte…
France urges Iran to avoid exacerbating tensions in Middle East: President

France urges Iran to avoid exacerbating tensions in Middle East: President

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron waits for a guest on the steps of the Elysee palace in Paris, France, January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Christian HartmannPARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron urged Iran on Tuesday to avoid any actions that could worsen tensions in the Middle East after the killing of a top Iranian commander,…
France’s Macron discusses Middle East tensions with Iraq’s Salih and UAE

France’s Macron discusses Middle East tensions with Iraq’s Salih and UAE

France's President Emmanuel Macron and Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou (not pictured) give a news conference during a ceremony paying homage to Niger soldiers killed in an attack on a military camp which Islamic State claimed responsibility for in Niamey, Niger December 22, 2019. REUTERS/ Tagaza DjiboPARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron agreed with his…
Philippines prepares to evacuate workers in Middle East on rising tensions

Philippines prepares to evacuate workers in Middle East on rising tensions

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines is preparing to evacuate thousands of Filipinos working in the Middle East as regional tensions rise following the killing of a top Iranian commander by the United States. FILE PHOTO: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City,…
Japan PM Abe sticks to plan to deploy Self-Defense Forces to Middle East

Japan PM Abe sticks to plan to deploy Self-Defense Forces to Middle East

FILE PHOTO: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers a question during a news conference at the 8th trilateral leaders' meeting between China, South Korea and Japan in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province December 24, 2019. Wang Zhao/Pool via REUTERSTOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe repeated his plans to deploy the Self-Defense Forces…