China backs Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism

Updated 21 December 2015
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China backs Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism

NEW YORK: China has expressed its willingness to cooperate with the Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism and appreciated Saudi Arabia’s efforts to create this group.
The pledge of support came during a during talks between Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the International Syria Support Group meeting in New York.
Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency after the talks, Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom has strong relations with China which is an important economic, political and security partner.
Al-Jubeir said he and the Chinese minister discussed the Saudi-Chinese bilateral relations and the keenness of the two countries to strengthen and intensify their relations in various fields.
He said that the Chinese foreign minister appreciated the Kingdom’s initiative to form the Islamic Military Alliance to fight terrorism and extremism and expressed China’s willingness to cooperate with the alliance.
For his part, the Chinese foreign minister expressed his country’s desire to intensify bilateral cooperation with the Kingdom in all fields.
Ambassador Osama Osama Nugli, director of the information department, and Saad Al-Saad, deputy representative to the UN, attended the meeting.


Theresa May to request short delay to Brexit: UK media

Updated 20 min 48 sec ago
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Theresa May to request short delay to Brexit: UK media

  • The delay, nearly three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, leaves the Brexit divorce uncertain

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May will request a short delay to Brexit in a letter to the European Union on Wednesday, the BBC and Sky reported on Wednesday.
The delay, nearly three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, leaves the Brexit divorce uncertain with options including leaving with May’s deal, a longer delay, a disruptive exit, or even another referendum.
Just 9 days before the March 29 exit date that May set two years ago by serving the formal Article 50 divorce papers, May is due to write to European Council President Donald Tusk to ask for a delay.
But the ultimate length of the delay was unclear amid the political chaos in London, with the BBC reporting that May would not ask for a long delay. A spokeswoman in May’s Downing Street office did not immediately comment on the reports.
The divorce deal May agreed with the EU in November has been defeated twice by parliament though May hopes to put the deal to another vote, possibly as early as next week.
May has warned that if parliament did not ratify her deal, she would ask to delay beyond June 30, a step that Brexit’s advocates fear would endanger the entire divorce.