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Russia increases military co-operation with Indonesia

Moscow [Russia]: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev held a series of high-level consultations with Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs of Indonesia Mohammad Mahfud in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, during which both sides explored ways of expanding military and military-technical cooperation between the countries, the Russian Security Council said on Tuesday.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of military departments, special services, financial monitoring services, law enforcement agencies, and ministries of justice of the two countries. “The parties identified ways to expand military and military-technical cooperation, as well as collaboration on legal and regulatory issues and ensuring international information security,” the council said in a statement.
The parties considered the prospects for cooperation in combating drug trafficking and organised crime, as well as countering terrorism. The issues of combating the laundering of the proceeds of crime and terrorism were also discussed.
The officials also exchanged views on the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and other issues of mutual interest.
“The delegations noted their firm commitment to the comprehensive deepening of Russian-Indonesian relations,” the council added in the statement.
On Monday, Patrushev also met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Jakarta. They discussed issues of Russian-Indonesian bilateral cooperation, as well as interaction in multilateral formats, including the G20 and ASEAN.
Following the high-level consultations, Russia and Indonesia are expected to sign a new strategic partnership declaration in 2022, the parties said in a joint statement.

Japan, Australia pledge to promote security co-operation of Quad to counter China’s assertiveness

Liverpool [UK]: Japan and Australia have pledged to promote security cooperation of the Quad group, also including the United States and India in response to China’s rising assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region, a media report said.
Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne in a meeting on Saturday in Liverpool agreed to elevate the two countries’ “special strategic partnership” to a higher level as part of efforts to achieve a free and open Indo-Pacific, reported Kyodo News. Both leaders underlined the importance of a pact by Japan, Australia and the United States plus Micronesia, Nauru and Kiribati. The deal aims to build a new undersea cable to improve internet connectivity to the three Pacific island states.
The two leaders held talks on the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting on Sunday.
Australian Minister Payne was invited to expanded sessions on Sunday along with her peers from South Korea, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in an apparent move by the G-7 nations to tighten the noose around Beijing, whose military and economic clout in the Info-Pacific has been growing, according to Kyodo News.

Pak envoy meets Taliban’s acting FM, discusses bilateral cooperation

Kabul [Afghanistan] : Pakistan’s envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan met Taliban acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and discussed bilateral cooperation between both countries.
“Pakistan Ambassador Mansoor Ahmad Khan met w/acting FM Amir Khan Muttaqi & discussed bilateral cooperation, Khan said. Pakistan has decided that wheat & emergency medicine provided by India can be transported from Wagah port in Pakistan on Afghan trucks to Afghanistan,” Tolo News reported. Earlier, Pakistan’s envoy and the Taliban acting foreign minister met in the month of September where both sides discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation particularly facilitating humanitarian, economic and people to people exchange.
Pakistan, along with China were among the first countries that began engaging with Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover in August this year.
The meeting came amid the Taliban’s repeated appeal for wider international recognition. Pakistan is among the very few which seem to have started engaging with the outfit. Other members of the international community are taking a wait and watch approach.

US calls for greater cooperation with its allies to counter Chinese threat in Indo-Pacific region

Washington [US] : In a bid to promote peace in the Indo-Pacific region, the US on Monday (local time) called for additional cooperation with its allies to deter potential military aggression by China.
The statement came from the US Department of Defence (DOD) while summing up the conclusions of ‘Global Posture Review’, initiated by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in March. “In the Indo-Pacific, the review directs additional cooperation with allies and partners to advance initiatives that contribute to regional stability and deter potential Chinese military aggression and threats from North Korea,” the DOD said.
These initiatives include seeking greater regional access for military partnership activities; enhancing infrastructure in Australia and the Pacific Islands; and planning rotational aircraft deployments in Australia, as announced in September.
The review also informed Secretary Austin’s approval of the permanent stationing of a previously-rotational attack helicopter squadron and artillery division headquarters in the Republic of Korea, announced earlier this year.
In addition, the US has also planned to modernize the military bases it operates in Australia and on the western Pacific island of Guam to counter the threats emanating from China.
Following several months of analysis and close coordination across the U.S. government, the Department of Defense released the results of the Global Posture Review (GPR) today, the statement from the DOD informed.
This came as the US is making efforts to counter threats emerging from China.
Tensions between the US and China have significantly escalated, particularly over the issue of Taiwan with senior Pentagon officials expressing alarm about China’s efforts to upgrade and modernize its military, reported CNN.
A week ago, the US administration had also expressed “deep concerns” upon the reports that Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai appears to be missing after accusing a former PRC official of sexual assaults, said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

5th East Asia Summit Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation to be held in Kolkata

New Delhi [India]: The fifth East Asia Summit (EAS) conference on Maritime Security Cooperation will be held in Kolkata on November 23-24, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on Monday.
The event is being organized by India in partnership with Australia. According to the statement, apart from the two governments, organizers include the ASEAN-India Centre (AIC) at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) in collaboration with the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) of Australia and the Research Centre for East and North East Regional Studies, Kolkata (CENERS-K).
India will be represented by Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
During the conference, experts from both government and academia from the EAS participating countries will deliberate upon various aspects of maritime security cooperation under four thematic sessions, namely maritime security; resource and information sharing; science and technology cooperation; and pandemic and disaster risk reduction and management. The event will conclude with a panel discussion on the way forward, read the statement.

Israel, Hungary sign cooperation agreement in science, technology

Jerusalem [Israel]: Israel and Hungary have signed a cooperation agreement in the fields of science and technology, Israel’s Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology has said in a statement.
The agreement provides a new framework for the promotion and support of scientific and technological ideas and research between the two governments, the statement noted on Tuesday. It will also encourage collaborations between research institutions and universities, implementation of joint programs and projects, promotion and support of R&D centers, exchange of scientists and students, and creation of new scientific research.
The agreement will also include the preparation of joint proposals for Horizon Europe, the EU’s key funding program for research and innovation.
The agreement, signed by Israeli Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology Orit Farkash Hacohen and Hungarian Minister of Innovation and Technology Laszlo Palkovics, was for three years and will be automatically extended each year.
Israel and Hungary already share over 600 joint projects in various fields in academia, research institutions and industry with a total budget of about 1.8 million euros (2.1 million U.S. dollars).

US, France intend to intensify cooperation on space issues: White House

Rome [Italy]: The United States and France on Friday (local time) said in a joint statement that the two countries intend to intensify cooperation on space issues.
“The United States and France intend to intensify cooperation on space issues, which will be further discussed during Vice President Harris’ upcoming visit to Paris,” the White House said in the statement. This comes as United States President Joe Biden and the French President Emmanuel Macron met in Rome on the margins of the G20 Summit to reaffirm their commitment to closer bilateral and transatlantic cooperation in the pursuit of peace, security, and prosperity around the globe.
This meeting built on the in-depth consultations announced in their September 22 joint statement aimed at creating the conditions for ensuring confidence.
They underscore the strength of the longstanding and historic relationship between the United States and France, underpinned by our shared democratic values, economic ties, and defense and security cooperation.
They also reiterate a shared commitment to adapt and modernize our transatlantic alliance and partnership in light of global trends and in line with the depth of our bonds, common values, and shared interests.
They resolve to ensure that democracy delivers for their citizens, to uphold the rule of law and good governance, to defend the human rights and dignity of all individuals, and to counter injustice and inequality.
“The United States and France acknowledge our shared responsibility to lead the development of global solutions in response to collective challenges, including continued U.S.-EU cooperation to strengthen the multi-lateral, rules-based order,” read the statement.
The statement said that both presidents welcome plans to launch a “US-France Bilateral Clean Energy Partnership” by the end of the year.
“We will pursue a sustainable global economic recovery, based on a fair, inclusive, and rules-based global economy,” said the statement.
As noted in the September 22 Joint Statement between both the Presidents, the United States recognises the importance of a stronger and more capable European defense that contributes positively to global and transatlantic security and is complementary to NATO.
“The United States supports European Allies’ and Partners’ growing investments in the military capabilities that enable our shared defense, given the benefit to transatlantic security of stronger European military capabilities and more committed European partners. European-led missions and operations such as in the Sahel and in Bosnia are positively contributing to transatlantic security,” the statement added.

India-UK agree to continue working to deepen cooperation during 2nd Multilateral Dialogue

New Delhi [India] : The delegations of India and the UK, during the second India-UK Multilateral Dialogue, have agreed to continue working closely to further deepen their cooperation on multilateral issues during the second India-UK Multilateral Dialogue.
The 2nd India-UK Multilateral Dialogue was held on October 18 in London. According to an official release, the Indian delegation was led by Prakash Gupta, Joint Secretary (UN Political), Ministry of External Affairs and the UK side was led by Harriet Mathews CMB OBE, Deputy Political Director for UN, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
“The UK side congratulated India on its successful presidency of the UN Security Council in August 2021. Discussions covered issues of mutual interest pertaining to UN reforms, counterterrorism, peacekeeping and climate action,” said the release.
Both sides also exchanged views on the Commonwealth Strategic Plan and priorities.
“The delegations agreed to continue to work closely to further deepen their cooperation on multilateral issues,” it added.

India-UK agree to continue working to deepen cooperation during 2nd Multilateral Dialogue

New Delhi [India]: The delegations of India and the UK, during the second India-UK Multilateral Dialogue, have agreed to continue working closely to further deepen their cooperation on multilateral issues during the second India-UK Multilateral Dialogue.
The 2nd India-UK Multilateral Dialogue was held on October 18 in London. According to an official release, the Indian delegation was led by Prakash Gupta, Joint Secretary (UN Political), Ministry of External Affairs and the UK side was led by Harriet Mathews CMB OBE, Deputy Political Director for UN, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
“The UK side congratulated India on its successful presidency of the UN Security Council in August 2021. Discussions covered issues of mutual interest pertaining to UN reforms, counterterrorism, peacekeeping and climate action,” said the release.
Both sides also exchanged views on the Commonwealth Strategic Plan and priorities.
“The delegations agreed to continue to work closely to further deepen their cooperation on multilateral issues,” it added.

UAE, Israel review growing economic ties, agree on promoting tourism cooperation

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, met with the Israeli Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov at the opening of the Israeli Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to review advancing economic cooperation and increasing direct flights between the two nations.
The two ministers deliberated the prospects of further growing business opportunities across priority sectors, accelerating non-oil trade exchanges and diversifying bilateral investments in the post-pandemic phase. “The UAE-Israeli relations are steadily growing and we’re determined to further develop them over the coming period,” Al Falasi said, noting that Expo 2020 Dubai represents a valuable opportunity for the Israeli businesses to benefit from the opportunities up for grabs during the global fair. He remarked that the non-oil trade exchanges between the two nations amounted to USD 700 million during the first year that followed the signing of the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement.
“The UAE tourist and hotel establishments have secured high occupancy rates over the past period, overtaking 10 of the world’s most-visited tourist destinations. An achievement that would not have been made but for the efforts made at the country level to stamp out the challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the minister said.
For his part, the Israeli minister said, “On the occasion of the first anniversary of signing the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement, we affirm the impressive success achieved over the past period by the two nations especially at the tourist level.
“Despite the movement restrictions associated with the pandemic, the tourist exchanges between the two nations witnessed significant momentum, with around 250,000 Israeli tourists having visited the UAE over the past period. And we expect cooperation in this field to further grow over the coming period,” he said, noting that the tourist sector is a mainstay for the development of economic relations between the two countries.

France urges Iran to immediately resume full cooperation with IAEA

Paris [France]: The French foreign ministry called on Iran on Friday to immediately resume full cooperation with the (IAEA) and cease violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
In late September, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that Tehran would soon return to the JCPOA negotiations in Vienna. “Iran has to immediately resume the comprehensive cooperation with the IAEA and stop all of the unprecedentedly serious actions being done in violation of the JCPOA,” a ministry spokesperson said at a briefing.
They noted that almost four months had passed since the nuclear deal talks had been stopped at the behest of Tehran.
“France, its European troika partners, its other JCPOA partners, and the United States are calling on Iran to immediately return to the talks in Vienna,” the spokesperson added.
In 2015, Iran signed the nuclear deal with the P5+1 group — the United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany — as well as the European Union. It required Tehran to scale back its nuclear program and drastically reduce its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including the lifting of an arms embargo five years after the deal was made.
In 2018, the US abandoned its conciliatory stance, withdrawing from the JCPOA and implementing hardline policies against Iran, prompting the latter to largely abandon its own obligations under the accord.
Since April of this year, the JCPOA joint commission has held sessions in Vienna, which also hosted several informal meetings designed to prevent the agreement from collapsing after Washington’s exit. The sixth round of discussions ended on June 20.

UN must work to enhance support for South-South cooperation, says India at UNGA

New York [US]: India on Thursday at the United Nations (UN) underlined the need to enhance support for South-South cooperation and ensuring that resources meant for core development programmes are not re-purposed.
Speaking at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), India’s First Secretary Sneha Dubey said that it is important that development activities revolve around national ownership and leadership, and give due consideration to national development priorities. “The UN system must focus on those tasks it is uniquely qualified to deliver. And these should be supported with adequate and predictable volume of flexible resources,” she said.
Stressing on the need to enhance support for South-South cooperation, the Indian diplomat said the UN must ensure that it must ensure that resources meant for core development programmes are not re-purposed.
“UN Development System needs to amplify its impact while working to enhance support for South-South cooperation. If we are to be on track to achieve 2030 Agenda, it must be ensured that resources meant for core development programmes are not re-purposed. If so, they need to be brought back on track,” she said.
The Indian diplomat also noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of multilateral institutions; and the Global South has been largely fending for themselves. “In these circumstances, South-South Cooperation has become even more crucial.”
First Secretary Dubey also highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for the “One Earth One Health” approach.
She further added Indian development partnership with Global South is designed to release the full potential of developing countries.”India has been very clear that South-South Cooperation, particularly Lines of Credit and soft loans, should not result in placing an undue burden on the recipients.”
India’s efforts within the realm of SSC have included providing annual training slots to over 160 countries under our flagship programme of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation; offering concessional Lines of Credit of over USD 30 billion and also grant assistance to numerous developing countries, the Indian diplomat noted.
“We would also like to highlight the USD 150 million India-UN Development Partnership Fund, managed by UNOSSC, that continues to support South-owned and South-led sustainable development projects with a focus on LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS. In four years, the Fund has a portfolio of 66 projects in 52 countries. As part of Covid response, the India-UNDP Fund has commissioned projects in 15 countries ranging from Antigua & Barbuda in the Caribbean to Palau in the South Pacific,” the First Secretary Dubey said.
“Another unique mechanism demonstrating the relevance and vitality of South-South Cooperation is the India-Brazil-South Africa Fund. Since its inception, it has disbursed about USD 40 million, supporting 35 development projects in 31 countries, a majority of them in LDCs.”
She also noted India has taken the lead, inter alia, in the establishment of the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. “We must raise our collective voice for recovery, resilience and reform to ensure that we go back to the path of development and of achieving the SDGs.”

Pak envoy meets Taliban foreign minister, discusses bilateral cooperation

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s envoy to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan on Tuesday met the Taliban interim government’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation between both countries.
“Called on the new Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqi and discussed strengthening bilateral cooperation particularly facilitating humanitarian, economic and people to people exchanges,” Khan tweeted. This is the first meeting between a Pakistani official and the representative of the interim Afghan government. Although the two sides have been in regular contact even before the announcement of the interim Afghan government announced last week, The Express Tribune reported.
The meeting, according to the Taliban spokesperson, took place at the ministry of foreign affairs of Afghanistan. Sohail Shahin said the two discussed “smooth movement of people at Torkham and Spin Boldak and problems of Afghan refugees in Pakistan,” the Pakistani publication reported.
According to The Express Tribune, Pakistan is not accepting any new refugees from Afghanistan and only permitting people who need medical treatment, foreigners and evacuees who have valid travel documents through its land routes with Afghanistan.
The Torkham, which is the main border crossing, was closed for pedestrian movement by the Afghan Taliban on Monday. However, the border was reopened on Tuesday.
“Pakistan ambassador promised to facilitate the movement of the people at Torkham and Spin Boldak and resolve problems faced by the Afghan refugees there. The two also discussed the bilateral relationship and the humanitarian aid,” The Express Tribune quoted the Taliban spokesperson as saying.
Afghanistan plunged into crisis last month after Kabul fell to the Taliban and the democratically elected government of former president Ashraf Ghani collapsed.
At a UN meeting in Geneva on Monday, the international community pledged to provide over USD 1 billion in humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Muttaqi on Tuesday said that it wants good bilateral relations with the world’s countries, including the United States. He also thanked the world for pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan, reported Tolo News.
Muttaqi also called on the countries, especially the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, to provide development funds to Afghanistan.

11th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting sees new areas of co-operation

New Delhi [India]: The 11th BRICS Trade Ministers Meeting saw new areas of co-operation gaining traction on Trade in Professional Services, Genetic Resources and Consumer Protection under e-commerce.
In the meeting held in virtual format on Friday, ministers endorsed cooperation and action plan on a number of issues during India’s Presidency of BRICS in 2021. Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Textiles chaired the meeting and were attended by Trade and Economic Ministers of BRICS Countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
A common understanding amongst BRICS countries for the first time on those areas resulted in new declarations related to consumer protection, e-commerce, genetic resources and traditional knowledge, cooperation in professional services apart from others such as a common approach towards the multilateral trading system for the WTO Ministerial Conference (MC- 12), read Ministry of Commerce & Industry’s release.
BRICS countries endorsed the Framework for Cooperation in Trade in Professional Services with the objectives of enhancing domestic capacity and global competitiveness, promoting participation in intra-BRICS mobility of professionals and enhancing intra-BRICS trade in professional services.
In this era of exponential jump in the use of e-commerce and online electronic transactions, the convergence to draw a common Action plan amongst BRICS countries will help in to promote exploring practical options for ensuring consumer protection, added the release.
Goyal, in his opening remarks, welcomed his counterparts to the meeting being held in the year when India is celebrating its 75th year of independence – ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’.
Referring to the impact of COVID-19, he mentioned the various immediate supportive actions taken by India, including the milestones reached in vaccination as well as the significant fiscal and monetary support, extended to overcome its impact.
He stressed for the BRICS countries to work together for strengthening the multilateral system, with WTO at its core, and the need for a balanced and inclusive outcome in the forthcoming WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) keeping in mind the developmental needs of developing countries and least developed countries.
He highlighted the principles of Special & Differential Treatment and the “Common But Differentiated Responsibility”.
Goyal also emphasised, amongst other things, the need for a permanent, adequate and equitable solution to the Public Stock Holding programmes for food security purposes; the early outcome of the TRIPS Waiver proposal for vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics; adoption of emerging new technologies in a swiftly changing world while finding the solution to the challenges of data protection and cyber security; and ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns.
India could successfully draw a common implementation roadmap for the BRICS countries in the field of trade and investment to meet the aspirations of the BRICS strategy 2025, added the release.
The theme chosen by India for its BRICS Chairship is BRICS@15: Intra BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus.
During the year, India has successfully conducted activities including the second edition of the BRICS Trade Fair (in virtual mode), a unique event by India amongst the BRICS countries wherein more than 600 companies from BRICS countries showcased their products and services.
The MSME Roundtable was held to promote the cause of the MSME sector through the learning of best practices amongst BRICS countries.
India has also organized a number of B2B events through the BRICS Business Council and the BRICS Women’s Business Alliance to advance business cooperation in BRICS countries.
The meeting ended with Goyal thanking the BRICS Countries for their support in taking the BRICS agenda forward and expressed hope to meet at the upcoming G-20 and MC-12 meetings of trade ministers, read the release.

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