Tag Archive | Tension

Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

BARCELONA – Catalonia’s leader balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region’s future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone. In a much-anticipated speech to the Catalan parliament, ringed by thousands of protesters and […]

Iran foreign minister visits Qatar amid diplomatic standoff

Iran foreign minister visits Qatar amid diplomatic standoff

Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday met with Qatar’s ruling emir as a quartet of Arab states continues its boycott of the energy-rich nation, in part over relations that Doha maintains with Tehran. Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit is likely to further inflame officials in Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which began their boycott nearly four […]

Beijing says ‘Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory’

Beijing says ‘Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory’

Panama has switched diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China, handing a huge victory to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.

Azerbaijan Recalls Ambassador To Iran

Azerbaijan Recalls Ambassador To Iran

Reports from Azerbaijan say the government has recalled its ambassador to Iran “for consultations.”  The move to recall Ambassador Cavansir Ahundov follows Iran’s decision last week to recall its ambassador to Baku, also for consultations. On May 29, the Iranian Embassy in Baku said Azerbaijani authorities had prevented a senior Iranian official from entering Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani […]