Japan PM Abe Courts Saudi King In Historic Meeting
Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz al-Saud and Japan PM Shinzo Abe met in Tokyo and agreed to launch a feasibility study on setting up special deregulated economic zones to attract Japanese firms to the Middle Eastern country. A joint statement entitled Saudi Japan Vision 2030 identified nine main areas of cooperation, including energy, competitive industry, investment and finance, health care and medicine, and high-quality social infrastructure. This was the first visit to Japan by a Saudi Arabian king in 46 years, and considered “historic.” Saudi Arabia is Japan’s largest oil supplier.
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National Interest Interview: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
The interview covers various topics: Ukraine, Syria, U.S. presidential election, U.S.-Russia cooperation:
“I don’t believe that we are having another Cold War … we have much clearer common threats, like terrorism, like chaos in the Middle East … so this absolutely makes it necessary to reassess where we are and what kind of cooperative structure we need … President Trump is emphasizing the need to concentrate on U.S. interests … in this he certainly holds the same position as we do in Moscow that we don’t want to meddle in other people’s matters.” (Sergey Lavrov)
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Is a Russia-Saudi deal on the horizon?
Russian president Vladimir Putin met with Saudi Defense Minister in Sochi on October 11th, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was holding a meeting with his Saudi counterpart. The parties discussed Syria and agreed upon the necessity to prevent the creation of a terrorist caliphate. The levers of a hypothetical Russian-Saudi deal would be: a rise in oil prices, possibly accompanied by Saudi arms purchases, and on the Russian side, the guarantee that Assad will leave after a transition period, along with some kind of a Saudi “right of scrutiny” on Russian arms sales to Iran.
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New plans for United States come with Steven Mnuchin. Source:@gop
FEB-2017.- What wil new Treasury Secretary focus on?
As Treasury Secretary and Principal Economic Advisor Mr. Mnuchin will spearhead President-elect Trump’s plan to develop a dynamic, booming economy that will create millions of new jobs over the next decade. Top priorities will include:
Pushing a pro-growth tax plan where every income group will receive a tax cut and low-income Americans will pay no taxes at all.
Working with President-elect Trump to craft a modern regulatory framework that slashes the out-of-control bureaucracy that costs our economy trillions each year.
Working with President-elect Trump and economic leaders to implement an America First trade policy that ensures that every single one of our trade agreements increases our GDP growth rate, reduces our trade deficit, and strengthens our manufacturing base.
Enacting a common sense economic plan, we will unleash American energy, creating millions of new jobs and slashing costs for consumers.
Proposing the "Penny Plan," which will reduce spending by almost $1 trillion over ten years by simply reducing non-defense, non-safety net spending by one percent each year.
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Who is Ban Ki-moon
The Secretary-General was born in the Republic of Korea on 13 June 1944. He received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. In 1985, he earned a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
At the time of his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was his country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His 37 years of service with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C. and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General of American Affairs.
Mr. Ban’s ties to the United Nations date back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations Division. That work expanded over the years, with assignments that included service as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization and Chef de Cabinet during the Republic of Korea's 2001-2002 presidency of the UN General Assembly. Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations.
The Secretary-General speaks English, French and Korean. He and his wife, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, whom he met in high school in 1962, have one son, two daughters and three grandchildren. Since 2007, Mrs. Ban has devoted her attention to women’s and children’s health, including autism, the elimination of violence against women, and the campaign to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.
Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself.
"I grew up in war", the Secretary-General has said, "and saw the United Nations help my country to recover and rebuild. That experience was a big part of what led me to pursue a career in public service. As Secretary-General, I am determined to see this Organization deliver tangible, meaningful results that advance peace, development and human rights."