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. ‚ÄúVery 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…
U.S. Embassy in Israel issues alert warning of heightened Mideast tensions

U.S. Embassy in Israel issues alert warning of heightened Mideast tensions

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States warned its citizens in Israel and the Palestinian territories on Monday to be vigilant, citing the risk of rocket fire, three days after a U.S. drone strike killed an Iranian military commander in Iraq. The alert issued on the websites of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. embassy…
China says shares similar views and positions with Russia on Middle East issue

China says shares similar views and positions with Russia on Middle East issue

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Thursday it is in close communication with parties including Russia on the Middle East issue. China and Russia share highly similar views and positions on this issue, ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a daily news briefing in Beijing. Reporting by Cate Cadell, Judy Hua and Lusha Zhang; Editing…