'We expect UK to promote interests of climate vulnerable countries'
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said Bangladesh expects the UK to promote the interests and priorities of climate vulnerable countries to international platforms. She said this when COP26 president-designate Alok Sharma met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Palestine miffed with India's abstention at UNHRC vote; FM Riad writes to EAM
A miffed Palestine has raised its concern with India's abstention at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution that called for a probe into violence in Gaza. The resolution saw India among the 14 countries abstaining on the issue of the probe. The matter was raised by Palestinian foreign minister Dr Riad Malki with India's External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar in a letter.
US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan 30-44 per cent complete: CENTCOM
The US Central Command has said that an estimated 30 to 44 percent of American troops have been withdrawn from Afghanistan until last month, inching closer to achieve President Joe Biden's ambitious target of 100 per cent removal of its military from the war-torn country by September 11 this year.
US to hand Bagram base to Afghan forces in 20 days
The US military will hand over its main Bagram Air Base to Afghan forces in about 20 days, an official said on Tuesday, as Washington presses on with withdrawing the last of its troops from the country. The vast base, built by the Soviets in the 1980s, is the biggest military facility used by US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, with tens of thousands of troops stationed there during the peak of America’s military involvement in the violence-wracked country.
US confident in Asean’s plan for post-coup Myanmar. Others, not so much
The number two US diplomat on Wednesday said Washington remained confident in Asean’s five-point consensus plan to defuse Myanmar’s post-coup crisis, even as criticism mounts over the blueprint’s failure to take off nearly six weeks after it was agreed. The vote of confidence from Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman stood in sharp contrast to downcast remarks by unnamed Association of Southeast Asian Nations diplomats quoted in a news report a day earlier who claimed the bloc was “haemorrhaging” amid internal sniping over the matter.