WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Global support for Afghanistan will fade the longer President Hamid Karzai delays signing a security pact with the United States, a senior U.S. official warned, as special envoy James Dobbins arrived in Kabul on Wednesday for talks with the government.
Frustration is mounting in Washington, and among NATO allies, over Karzai’s refusal to sign a bilateral security agreement (BSA), intended to shape the U.S. military presence in the country beyond 2014.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – U.S. airlines United
, American and Delta, have
notified Chinese authorities of flight plans when traveling
through an air defense zone Beijing has declared over the East
China Sea, following U.S. government advice.
The United States said on Friday it expected U.S. carriers
to operate in line with so-called notices to airmen issued by
foreign countries, although it added that the decision did “not
indicate U.S. government acceptance of China’s requirements.”
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) – The United States called on North Korea on Saturday to release an elderly U.S. military veteran held in custody since last month and who Pyongyang accused of killing civilians during the Korean War 60 years ago.
Swedish embassy officials were granted access on Saturday to visit Merrill E. Newman, the State Department said, the first access by Western officials to him since his arrest.
WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) – The United States advised its commercial airlines to notify Chinese authorities of flight plans when travelling through an air defense zone that Beijing established a week ago over the East China Sea, ratcheting up regional tensions.
The United States said it expected U.S. carriers to operate in line with so-called notices to airmen issued by foreign countries, adding, however, that the decision did “not indicate U.S. government acceptance of China’s requirements.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will not attend a meeting in Ukraine of the OSCE, the European democracy watchdog, due to scheduling issues, the State Department said on Friday, a day after expressing disappointment with Kiev’s decision to halt plans for trade and political deals with the European Union.
Kerry had been expected to attend a meeting of the 56-nation Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in early December. The United States now will be represented by Victoria Nuland, assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
KABUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Last-minute efforts to finalize a security pact between the United States and Afghanistan were clouded on Tuesday by differences over whether President Barack Obama had agreed to issue a letter acknowledging U.S. mistakes made during the 12-year war.
The Afghan government said it received assurances that such a letter would be provided this week to a grand council of Afghan elders. But Susan Rice, Obama’s national security adviser, insisted that such an offer – which would draw criticism from Republicans and anger American war veterans – is “not on the table.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday pressed Iran to finalize an agreement that can prove to the world its nuclear program is peaceful, but said he has “no specific expectations” for talks in Geneva this week between major powers and Iran.
Last week, a senior U.S. official said the six major powers and Iran are getting closer to an initial agreement, but Kerry appeared to tamp down expectations two days before talks resume.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major powers and Iran are getting closer to a first-stage agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, adding it is “quite possible” a deal could be reached when negotiators meet November 21-22 in Geneva.
“I don’t know if we will reach an agreement. I think it is quite possible that we can, but there are still tough issues to negotiate,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
ABU DHABI/LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he hoped an agreement on Iran’s disputed nuclear programme would be signed within months and London and Tehran revived diplomatic ties, signs of a warmer atmosphere between the Islamic Republic and the West.
In a further indication of cooperation, the United Nations nuclear watchdog reached an agreement under which Iran will grant U.N. inspectors access to more nuclear facilities.
ABU DHABI/PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he hoped an agreement to end a dispute over Iran’s nuclear program would be completed within months, although Washington was not engaged in a race to seal a deal.
Iran and six world powers came close to a preliminary agreement at the weekend during talks in Geneva and decided to resume negotiations on November 20 in their attempt to defuse a decade-old standoff and allay fears of a drift towards a wider Middle East war.