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Vucic would have an important phone conversation with Vladimir Putin

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Serbia will soon have ten operational MiG-29 jets and will not stop there, “as we want the citizens to feel secure”, Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday. Vucic added he would have “an important phone conversation” with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. “We don’t want any kind of conflict, but we want to be sure that we are able to protect, preserve and defend our country”, Vucic said, after the opening ceremony of a new noodles factory in Ruma, a town in western Serbia. The situation in the military, according to the president, is now “incomparably better than it was before”. He recalled that when he became defense minister, “there was not a single MiG-29”. Soldiers will be more satisfied, Vucic pointed out, as they will receive “a significant, very significant increase in wages”.

 

Vladimir Putin and Saudi king meeting round-up

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud have begun the talks with the participation of the delegations. The Russian leader described their meeting behind closed doors as “substantive, meaningful and confidential”. “We have held detailed talks behind closed doors to talk about bilateral relations and the situation in the region”, Putin said. “That was a very meaningful, substantive and confidential conversation”. According to the president, Russia is glad to welcome the Saudi king during his first visit to Moscow. He expressed confidence that the visit will give a fresh impetus to the development of bilateral relations. King Salman noted similarity of the two countries’ views on many regional, international problems. “I can say that our relations are keynoted by the similarity of views on many regional and international problems. Bilateral coordination is continuing on everything that promotes stronger security and the prosperity of our countries”, King Salman said.

 

Speaker Nabih Berri invited lawmakers for a legislative session on Monday

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The parliament will look at three law projects related to the controversial wage crisis as reported by the Cabinet.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani: “Our negotiations have ended on the nuclear deal”

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Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani dismissed Washington’s demand for renegotiating the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the world powers, warning the US that it is paving a wrong path. “Our negotiations have ended on the nuclear issue and the nuclear deal and the Americans are saying things for bargaining to create more possibilities for themselves but they are paving a wrong path”, Larijani told reporters in the Southern city of Shiraz on Wednesday. He underlined that if the other side shows disloyalty to the nuclear deal and harms Iran’s interests, his country will take appropriate decisions to adopt countermeasures. His remarks came after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that if the US and other states party to the 2015 nuclear deal defy their undertakings, Tehran will revive its halted or restrained nuclear activities with capabilities more advanced than the pre-agreement era. “If Europe and Japan and Russia and China decided to go along with the United States, then I think that will be the end of the deal”, Zarif said in an interview with The Guardian and the Financial Times newspapers conducted in New York and published late September.

 

Generals Discuss Iran-Turkey Cooperation against Secession Bids

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Top generals from Iran and Turkey in a meeting in Tehran explored avenues for military cooperation in the war against terrorism and for thwarting the plots seeking disintegration of the regional countries, such as the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s secession bid. In a Tuesday meeting in Tehran, Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and the General Staff of Turkey Hulusi Akar discussed a range of issues, with the focus on protection of the territorial integrity of the countries in the region. Highlighting Iran’s support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all regional nations, General Hatami said mutual cooperation among Tehran, Ankara and Baghdad would contribute to regional stability and security and counter the separatist moves. Following the defeat of Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group, the US and Israel have come up with a new plot against the region, the Iranian minister warned, saying they are seeking the partition of the regional countries.

 

Hariri chairs receives kuwaiti ambassador for infrastructure program meeting

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This meeting took place after the government, in collaboration with the ministers in question and the Development and Rebuilding Council, completed the project of this ambition program presented to various political forces as the first step to launch a broad national debate.

 

Second Greece, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia Ministerial Meeting in Thessaloniki on October 4-5

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At the initiative of the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Kotzias, the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is to be held in Thessaloniki on October 4 and 5. This meeting, which is part of a broader strategy of Greek diplomacy to strengthen regional stability and cross-border co-operation between the neighbouring countries of the southern Balkans. The purpose of the meeting is to establish institutionalized co-operation between these states on issues of common interest and strategic importance, such as the challenges they face in dealing with security and tackling extremism, terrorism and radicalisation.

 

Mammadyarov says that the relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine are of strategic nature.

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Relations between Azerbaijan and Ukraine are of strategic nature, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister said on Tuesday. The Azerbaijani minister noted that today’s meeting expressed support for the territorial integrity of the two countries. “We also discussed the relations in transport sphere”, Mammadyarov said stressing that transport projects are very economically important.

Albania: the minister of defense Oltha xhacka has announced that American radar will monitor the albanian airspace

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An American radar will monitor with Albanian airspace. The information was made pùblic by the Defense Minister, Olta Xhacka on Tùesday dùring a press conference with his Polish coùnterpart, Antoni Macierewic. From the other side, minister Xhacka ùnderlined the fact that Albanian government increased the bùdget for the defense.

 

Inauguration lecture by General Farina for the 18th NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC) at the NATO Defense College

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Today the NATO Defense College in Rome had the pleasure to welcome the Eighteenth NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC 18).

Lieutenant General Chris Whitecross (CAN F), NDC Commandant, warmly welcomed guest speaker General Salvatore Farina (ITA A), Commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command (JFC) Brunssum.
The ceremony, held in the Maynard-Thorn Auditorium of the College, was introduced by the Commandant, who presented the Course by explaining that “since its establishment in 2009, the NRCC has become recognized by NATO’s leaders as a cornerstone of NATO’s engagement with Partner countries.”

One of the main educational programmes offered by the College, the NRCC this time 46 totals attendees from 20 countries, including NATO Member States together with partners from the Partnership for Peace (PfP), the Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and other Global Partners.
The aims of the Course are to improve the understanding of international, regional and collective security issues regarding the Middle Eastern region; to enhance knowledge of the historical and socio-political situation in the region; to develop Course Members’ abilities in strategic thinking and critical analysis; and to work towards mutual understanding on key political and military issues affecting the Middle East and NATO. Reinforcing these purposes, the Commandant stated: “There is no question that the security and stability of NATO and its member nations matters to the rest of the world. Equally, there is no question that the stability and security of the wider Middle East region is crucial.”

Based on a combination of different teaching methods, the Course includes panels, debates, discussions, committee work and case studies.

The Commandant then gave the floor to Gen. Farina.
In his speech, Gen. Farina illustrated the adaptation process of the Alliance, pursued in order to face new challenges, offering his own perspective as Joint Operations Commander. In particular, while defining the focus of NATO’s three core tasks, Collective Defence, Crisis Management and Cooperative Security, Gen. Farina provided a wide-ranging overview of how prevention, deterrence and dialogue will always be part of any adaptation measure undertaken by the Alliance. Equally important, the General added, is NATO’s role in cooperative security and in the fight against terrorism. Hence the need for credible, ready and well trained forces, as well as non-provocative and clear messages and initiatives.

Finally, answering specific questions, Gen. Farina praised the decision to establish the NATO Hub for the South, part of the “twin” Command at Naples, thus welcoming the initiative shown by countries along NATO’s southern border and complementing the success of the “more together” approach in pursuing this initiative.

 

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