Saudi Arabia says there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel without an independent Palestinian state

CAIRO (Reuters) -Saudi Arabia has told the U.S. its position stands that there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel unless an independent Palestinian state is recognised on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem, and Israeli “aggression” on the Gaza Strip stops, the Saudi foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. On Tuesday, White … Read more

North Korea scraps agencies managing relations with South as Kim Jong Un cites hostility with rival

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has abolished key government organizations tasked with managing relations with South Korea, state media said Tuesday, as authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un said he would no longer pursue reconciliation with his rival. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency said the decision to abolish the agencies handling dialogue and … Read more

Nauru forges diplomatic relations with China, another blow to Taiwan

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Pacific island nation of Nauru announced on Monday it was severing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and instead recognizing China. The surprise switch shaved Taiwan’s diplomatic allies down to fewer than a dozen nations. In a statement posted online, Nauru’s government said the move … Read more

Taiwan’s presidential candidates emphasize peace in relations with Beijing

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s presidential candidates expressed desire for peaceful relations with Beijing, which has described Jan. 13 elections on the self-ruled island as a choice between war and peace and stepped up harassment of the territory it claims as own. William Lai, the frontrunner and currently Taiwan’s vice president from the ruling Democratic People’s … Read more

How Israel-South Africa Relations Fell Apart Over Gaza

Israel has recalled its ambassador, Eliav Belotserkovsky, to South Africa “for consultations,” as the African nation prepares to host a summit for world leaders and a vote on whether to shut down its Israeli embassy and sever diplomatic ties. Belotserkovsky has been called to Jerusalem amid South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s criticism of Israel’s attacks … Read more

India’s embrace of Israel after Hamas attack reflects warmer relations

Comment on this storyCommentAdd to your saved storiesSave NEW DELHI — With war raging in Gaza, India’s embrace of Israel’s security concerns has underscored how dramatically the relationship between the two countries has developed since its chilly beginning. For most of independent India’s history, New Delhi had no diplomatic relations with Israel. Just over 40 … Read more

U.S.-China relations are now more about crisis prevention

U.S. President Joe Biden shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they meet on the sidelines of the G20 leaders’ summit in Bali, Indonesia, November 14, 2022. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters BEIJING — After another rocky year of U.S.-China tensions, the two countries’ presidents are set to meet this week in person for the … Read more

AI Safety Summit Puts U.S.-China Relations in the Spotlight

As delegates from around the world and leaders from the tech industry gathered in the U.K. for the first ever AI Safety Summit, there appeared to be harmony between officials of historical rivals China and the U.S. On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Wu Zhaohui … Read more

Japan’s Princess Kako arrives in Peru to mark 150 years of diplomatic relations

Japanese Princess Kako on Friday arrived in Peru on an official visit to commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations between both countries ByThe Associated Press November 3, 2023, 2:45 PM Japan’s Princess Kako attends a ceremony at the Japanese Cultural Center in Lima, Peru, Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. The Japanese princess is visiting to celebrate … Read more

Opposition mounts in Arab countries that normalized relations with Israel

RABAT, Morocco — Arab nations where monarchies typically quash dissent and that have normalized or are considering improving relations with Israel are coming under growing public pressure to cut those ties because of Israel’s war with Hamas. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Rabat and other Moroccan cities in support … Read more