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An unnamed Norwegian official with inside knowledge of the talks between the Venezuelan opposition and government in Oslo said the opposition “needs to be more realistic.” We discuss the talks with Norwegian Venezuela specialist Eirik Vold The post Opposition Demand for Maduro’s Resignation a Non-Starter, Says Norwegian Official appeared first on The Real News Network.

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EU's Tusk Continues Central Asian Tour With Kazakh Talks

May 31, 2019           |                                       

NUR-SULTAN — European Council President Donald Tusk has continued his Central Asian tour with a visit to Kazakhstan, where he held talks with interim President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev. Toqaev said at the May 31 talks that his country will continue its “course toward a comprehensive and constructive partnership with the European Union,” according to the Kazakh […]

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North Korea Reportedly Executes Special Nuclear Envoy Over Failed U.S. Summit

May 30, 2019           |                                       

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly executed his special envoy on nuclear talks with the United States in the wake of a failed summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Hanoi in February. Envoy Kim Hyok Chol and four unidentified Foreign Ministry employees were executed in March at Pyongyang’s Mirim Airport after being […]

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Taliban Expects US to Announce Afghan Pullout Date During Next Round of Talks

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Taliban negotiator spokesman Mohammed Sohail Shaheen, currently in Moscow from the recent talks between Taliban and Afghan officials, reported that he expects, during the next round of talks with the US, the Americans will announce a specific date for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. The US and Taliban have been known to be advancing toward a […]

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Venezuela Talks in Oslo End without a Deal

May 29, 2019           |                                       

Though Norway claimed some unspecified “progress” may have been made, negotiations between Venezuela’s government and opposition ended in Oslo on Wednesday, with no deals reached. It is uncertain if there will be further talks. Norway’s Foreign Ministry urged the two sides to show “discretion” in comments after the talks, so as not to damage any […]

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Iran Leaders Send Mixed Signals on Possible Talks With US

May 29, 2019           |                                       

President Trump has been keen to get started with negotiations with Iran. Iran’s leadership is sending some very mixed messages on the possibility, with President Hassan Rouhani suggesting talks might be possible if the US eased sanctions on Iran. That’s pretty much as good as a no, since the administration seemingly would never ease sanctions […]

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Israeli Parliament Votes to Dissolve, New Elections Planned

May 29, 2019           |                                       

A flurry of last minute talks aimed at cobbling together any coalition at all, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a surprise bid to convince Avi Gabbay to bring Labor into the far-right coalition, have all failed. Over the last hour before the midnight deadline, Netanyahu had seemingly given up, announcing his intention to proceed […]

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North Korea Leader Kim to Meet With Putin in Russia

April 22, 2019           |                                       

SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea on Tuesday confirmed that leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin. The summit would come at a crucial moment for tenuous diplomacy meant to rid the North of its nuclear arsenal, following a recent North Korean weapons test that likely signals Kim’s growing frustration […]

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Pakistani Prime Minister Begins First Official Visit To Iran

April 21, 2019           |                                       

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has begun his first official visit to neighboring Iran for talks set to focus on strengthening bilateral ties, “fighting terrorism, and safeguarding borders,” Iranian state media reported. The two-day trip started on April 21 with a stopover in the holy city of Mashhad, where Khan was expected to visit the […]

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Moscow Close To Finalizing Deal To Lease Syria’s Tartus Port For 49 Years

April 20, 2019           |                                       

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met senior Russian officials for talks in Damascus on April 20, with both countries’ state media saying a deal was close to lease out Syria’s Tartus port to Russia. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said Assad met over two days with Moscow’s special envoy to Syria, Aleksandr Lavrentiev; Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin; […]

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Afghan Peace Talks Suspended Amid Conflict Over Delegates

April 18, 2019           |                                       

Disputes over the size of delegations have roiled critical peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, with new talks in Qatar now suspended and Washington urging both sides to return to the table. The talks, which had been scheduled for April 19, were considered a significant first step toward finding a negotiated end […]

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North Korea: Keep Mike Pompeo Out of Future Talks

April 18, 2019           |                                       

On Thursday, the North Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement demanding that the US withdraw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from future negotiations, asking that the US replace him with someone “more careful and mature.” The spokesman said that wherever Pompeo “pokes his nose in,” the talks go wrong, adding that he worries if Pompeo […]

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Serbia Wants Russia To Play Larger Role In Kosovo Talks

April 17, 2019           |                                       

Serbia says it wants its ally Russia to play a larger role in European Union-mediated talks with Kosovo. Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said after talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Moscow that “Serbia cannot defend its state interests without the assistance of the Russian Federation.” Dacic said Serbia “would not do anything […]

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Afghanistan To Send 250 Delegates To Taliban Meeting In Qatar

April 16, 2019           |                                       

The Afghan government says it will send 250 delegates for talks with the Taliban in Qatar this week that are seen as a potential breakthrough in efforts to end the nearly 18-year war. The delegates that will attend the talks scheduled for April 19-21 include government officials, powerful former warlords, opposition politicians, tribal and religious […]

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Afghan Opposition Politicians To Boycott Peace Loya Jirga

April 15, 2019           |                                       

Several Afghan opposition politicians say they will boycott a planned meeting of nearly 2,500 Afghan politicians and tribal, ethnic, and religious leaders aimed at reaching national consensus on future peace talks with the Taliban. Former national security adviser Hanif Atmar, ex-intelligence chief Rahmatullah Nabil, and Ahmad Wali Masud announced their decisions on April 15. The […]

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