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Merkel’s party agrees with SD on holding coalition talks

The Christian Democrats and Social Democrats declared on Friday an agreement to begin talks for forming a new coalition government; four months after holding parliamentary elections on September 24.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, chairperson of the conservative Christian Democrats, said at a joint news conference with her Socialist count pert, Martin Shulz, that the accord would back up the nation role in Europe and the world.

The two sides have reached an understanding on tightening supervision on influx of immigrants to Europe, setting maximum number to be accepted in Germany per year at 180,000-220,000.

The German government, according to the agreement, would continue expelling citizens with criminal records from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.

The two parties have also agreed on limiting income of laborers and abstaining from raising taxes

Source: Kuwait News Agency

US “please” by China’s decision to reduce trade with N. Korea

The US administration on Friday announced it was “pleased” by China’s decision to reduce trade ties with North Korea, further tightening pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear ballistic missile program.

“This action supports the United States-led global effort to apply maximum pressure until the North Korean regime ends its illicit programs, changes its behavior, and moves toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” the White House said in a statement.

China accounts for nearly all of North Korea’s trade and energy supplies. The US has repeatedly called on Beijing to impose an oil embargo and further increase economic pressure on the Hermit Kingdom, which it has stopped short of doing. However, trade between China and North Korea reportedly plunged 50 percent in December, compared to a year earlier.

The United Nations Security Council has steadily tightened sanctions against the country to discourage the North Korean government from pursuing its nuclear program.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

U.S. TO PLAY LEADING ROLE IN IRAQ’S RECONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE IN KUWAIT

The United States will play a leading role, in the Feb 12 Iraqi reconstruction conference, hosted by Kuwait, US Ambassador to Iraq, Douglas Silliman, revealed, on Wednesday.

In a press statement, the ambassador said that, his country is currently planning to carry out some key investment projects in Iraq, that includes the rehabilitation of the international road between Baghdad and the port of Trebil, bordering Jordan, west of Iraq.

The project will secure jobs, mainly for Al-Anbar province residents, and will not be funded by the Iraqi government, he added.

Next week will witness the announcement of another project in southern Iraq, to invest associated petroleum gas (APG) from oilfields, he said.

Silliman noted that, the two schemes are an investment example that Washington is seeking to implement in Iraq.

Kuwait is set to host the conference between Feb 12-14, with a big international participation expected.

Source: NAM News Network

US hails Libya’s full destruction of Ghaddafi-era chemical weapons

The US congratulates Libya for destroying the last remnants of its Ghaddafi-era chemical weapons stockpile and satisfying its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention, the White House said Thursday.

“We also gratefully recognize the key contributions of Denmark, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, Malta, France and Spain, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in ensuring the proper destruction of these dangerous chemicals and protecting the integrity of the Convention,” the announcement said.

“This achievement demonstrates the great progress the international community can make when all nations work together,” it said.

“There is more work to do,” the statement said. “The United States calls on Syria to eliminate all chemical weapons, to dismantle fully its chemical weapons program and to ensure that these weapons can no longer be used against the Syrian people.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Ankara summons US diplomatic representative over Syria

The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Charge d’Affaires at the US embassy in Ankara Philip Kosnett over Syria.

The Turkish officials discussed with the US diplomat the Syria issue, the Anadolu news agency said. No details were revealed.

Turkey has repeatedly voiced concern about Washington’s supplying the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, which Ankara views as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

On Tuesday, the foreign ministry summoned the Russian and Iranian ambassadors for what Ankara said was Syrian government forces’ escalation of violence in Idlib province, northern Syria

Source: Kuwait News Agency

SINIORA MEETS AMBASSADORS OF SWITZERLAND, SWEDEN, KUWAIT

Head of Future parliamentary bloc, MP Fouad Siniora, met, at his Beirut office on Tuesday, with Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon, Monika Schmutz Kirg’z, over the current situation and the bilateral ties between the two countries.

Siniora later met with Swedish Ambassador, Jorgen Lindstrom, with whom he discussed the current situation in Lebanon and the broader Arab region.

Siniora also received Kuwaiti Ambassador to Lebanon, Abdul-Al Al-Qinae.

The pair reportedly dwelt on the bilateral relations between Lebanon and Kuwait.

Source: National News Agency

Trump to attend World Economic Forum in Switzerland

US President Donald Trump will take part in the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of the world’s business and financial elite in Davos, Switzerland, later this month.

“The president welcomes opportunities to advance his America first agenda with world leaders,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday.

“At this year’s World Economic Forum, the President looks forward to promoting his policies to strengthen American businesses, American industries and American workers,” she said.

The forum takes place on January 23-26 under the theme “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World

Source: Kuwait News Agency