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French FM sees AUKUS deal as "crisis of trust" between allies

United Nations, Sep 20 (UNI/Xinhua) French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday that the nuclear submarine deal between the United States, Britain and Australia, known as AUKUS, represents a "crisis of trust" between allies that requires explanations.
"It's not so much about breaking a contract ... It is of course having a negative impact on France. But of course, first and foremost, this is a matter of breaking the trust between allies. And it brings about some heavy reflections on behalf of we, the Europeans, as to the way we see our alliances and partnerships," Le Drian told reporters in New York.
"What matters now is, first of all, the breach of trust between partners. Because trust, partners and alliance mean transparency, predictability. It requires explanations. It's about talking to one another, not hiding from one another, in particular on matters of importance. And all of that did not happen. We need to talk about it: why was all that missing, why was all that hidden, and made public without telling us ahead of time?"
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A group is plotting to destabilize the country, says Bangladesh's Foreign Minister

24 Oct 2021 | 12:28 AM

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Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNI) Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dr. A K Abdul Momen on Saturday said a group is waging a communal attack to destabilize the country ahead of the upcoming elections.

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Sri Lanka blocks payment to Chinese firm that shipped fertiliser with harmful bacteria

Sri Lanka blocks payment to Chinese firm that shipped fertiliser with harmful bacteria

23 Oct 2021 | 11:47 PM

Colombo, Oct 23 (UNI) Sri Lanka's state-owned Ceylon Fertilizer Company Limited has got a court order to block payment to China’s Qingdao Seawin Biotech over the latter's shipment of organic fertilizer which was contaminated with harmful bacteria.

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'Stop airing hugging scenes in dramas', PEMRA directs TV channels

23 Oct 2021 | 10:31 PM

Islamabad, Oct 23 (UNI) The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed local television channels to "stop airing caress and hug scenes" in dramas, as such content was receiving a lot of complaints.

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Moscow says Kosovo's decision to expel Russian diplomats not to Affect their legal status

23 Oct 2021 | 10:04 PM

Moscow, Oct 23 (UNI/Sputnik) Pristina's actions against Russian diplomats do not entail any consequences for their legal status as they are accredited with the UN Mission in Kosovo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Saturday.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan to discuss trans-Afghan railway in Nov

23 Oct 2021 | 9:39 PM

Tashkent, Oct 23 (UNI/Sputnik) Senior officials from Pakistan and Uzbekistan will meet with the representatives of the interim government of Afghanistan in the first half of November in Tashkent to discuss the construction of the Trans-Afghan railway, Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov said on Saturday.

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