A suicide bombing attack at a military training base in the Somali capital of Mogadishu has left at least 20 people dead, the majority of them civilians, local media reported. So far, no militant group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country would need “diplomatic, logistic and financial assistance” from the United States if it were to maintain troops in Afghanistan to protect and run Kabul’s international airport, following the withdrawal of other NATO troops.
NATO leaders have said the rising influence of China has become a ‘systemic challenge’ to the global order. US President Joe Biden urges a tougher line on China and Russia while seeking to repair relations with allies.
The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo are relaunching EU-mediated talks in Brussels that are aimed at normalizing their relations. Both Washington and Brussels insist that normalization of relations between Belgrade and Pristina is essential for their further integration into Euro-Atlantic institutions.
G7 leaders, who are meeting in England, have adopted a rival plan to oppose China’s Belt and Road Initiative by helping build infrastructure in poorer nations in a “values-driven, high-standard and transparent” partnership. The adoption of the US-inspired “Build Back Better World” (B3W) project came after President Joe Biden and leaders met to address “strategic competition with China “.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would be the “only reliable” country left to stabilize Afghanistan after the US pulls out its troops, indicating Washington could rely on its NATO ally. Turkey has made clear its intentions to stay in the war-torn country, but the details remain unclear.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States over backing Syrian separatists. Lavrov said: “We stress every time the illegality and illegitimacy of the American presence on Syrian territory, especially since this presence is accompanied by the looting of the natural resources of the Syrian Arab Republic.”
The Pentagon will introduce better interceptors and bolster its missile defense posture to respond to challenges including North Korea’s continued development of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMs) and submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs). “Despite economic sanctions and the continued impact of COVID-19, North Korea continues to modernize and increase the survivability, lethality and diversification of its missile force,” Top U.S. defense official said.
The Biden administration is laying the groundwork for a renewed push to encourage more Arab countries to sign normalisation accords with Israel while working to strengthen existing deals after last month’s devastating war in the Gaza Strip interrupted those diplomatic efforts and threw a damper on any normalisation plans.
China retaliated against international sanctions, passing a law believed to provide legal tools for its officials and companies in responding to Western penalties. The law may be a “game-changer as it would provide a mechanism for targeted Chinese entities to file a lawsuit against a foreign company that is complying with foreign-imposed sanctions.