Editorial: Meeting matters

French President Emmanuel Macron and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Tuesday to explore potential cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and other areas as the Biden administration moved to repair damage caused to relations by excluding France from a new security initiative. Continue Reading

Macron meets Blinken for talks after submarine row

French President Emmanuel Macron held talks here with visiting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, three weeks after an unprecedented crisis between the two countries sparked by Australia’s decision to scrap a submarine deal with France. Continue Reading

Pakistan taken aback by Blinken’s remarks

Pakistan came out strongly against comments made by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other lawmakers during the recent Congressional hearings on Afghanistan, and clearly said that the remarks were not in line with the close cooperation between Islamabad and Washington, The News International reported. Continue Reading

Editorial: Taliban times

The Taliban triumphantly marched into Kabul’s international airport on Tuesday, hours after the final US troop withdrawal that ended America’s longest war. Standing on the tarmac, Taliban leaders pledged to secure the country, quickly reopen the airport and grant amnesty to former opponents. Continue Reading

Roughly 1,500 US citizens likely still in Afghan: Blinken

There are still about 1,500 U.S. citizens in Afghanistan and the U.S. government is working to either contact them or has already given them instructions on how to get to Kabul airport, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. Continue Reading

Blinken speaks to German FM on Afghan issue

Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday (local time) and discussed coordinating efforts to evacuate people from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover last week. Continue Reading

Blinken says 12 nations to host Afghan evacuees

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says 13 countries have thus far agreed to at least temporarily host at-risk Afghans evacuated from Afghanistan and a dozen more have agreed to serve as transit points for evacuees, including Americans and others. Continue Reading

Editorial: Leak, bleak

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed the need for cooperation and transparency over the origins of Covid-19 in a call with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Friday and raised other contentious topics, including China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Continue Reading

Blinken heads to Middle East to consolidate ceasefire

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has embarked on a trip to the Middle East to consolidate the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas which was reached after an 11-day bloodshed in an around the Gaza Strip, the State Department said. Continue Reading