China Approves Hong Kong National Security Law

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) adopted the controversial national security law in Hong Kong Thursday, despite protests and threats from the US, as well as other western nations and a section of world leaders. The cause of the move by China is most likely informed by the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that were witnessed in Hong Kong last year, and part of earlier this year. 

Trump Fires State IG Investigating Pompeo

The President of the United States, Donald Trump has fired Steve Linick, inspector general of the US Department of State, arguing that he has since lost confidence in him. Linick is also said to have been investigating allegations to the effect that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been using a political appointee at the State Department to run his personal errands for him and his wife, Susan.

Taliban, U.S., to Sign Peace Agreement on Afghanistan

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the Trump administration and the Taliban will sign a peace deal on February 29. “This is an important step on a long road to peace,” Pompeo tweeted, “and I call on all Afghans to seize this opportunity.” The two sides announced almost simultaneously that they would sign the agreement after more than a year of negotiations in Qatar.

Pompeo Visits Morocco on Official Visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Morocco for an official visit that is of great significance, and underscores the strong momentum that characterizes bilateral relations, as well as the will of the two countries to strengthen their multifaceted strategic partnership. On his arrival at Rabat-Sale Airport, Pompeo was received by Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Americans Living in Morocco, and the United States Ambassador in Rabat, David Green.

Merkel Promises Washington to Play Active Role in Addressing Crises

Thе dіffеrеnсеѕ between Gеrmаnу аnd thе Trumр аdmіnіѕtrаtіоn are no lоngеr hіddеn, but attempts at rapprochement аrе uninterrupted, mоѕt notably thе соnѕultаtіоnѕ thаt took рlасе Friday bеtwееn Chаnсеllоr Angela Mеrkеl аnd Secretary of State Mike Pоmрео іn Bеrlіn. On Friday, Mеrkеl promised that Bеrlіn will рlау аn active rоlе іn rеѕоlvіng dіѕрutеѕ.

Washington’s Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement Criticized

While the United States announced that it hаd ѕubmіttеd thе nесеѕѕаrу рареrѕ tо withdraw frоm thе Pаrіѕ Agreement, whісh аіmѕ tо соmbаt сlіmаtе сhаngе, the Gеrmаn Development Mіnіѕtеr criticized thе US move as a ѕеtbасk. German Dеvеlорmеnt Mіnіѕtеr Gerd Muller сrіtісіzеd thе Unіtеd States’ fоrmаl withdrawal frоm thе Pаrіѕ climate deal, saying оn Tuesday іn Bеrlіn that “іnduѕtrіаlіzеd countries, whісh mainly саuѕе сlіmаtе change, have a ѕресіаl responsibility and ѕhоuld рlау a rоlе.”

Pompeo Confirms He was on Call – Impeachment Heating Up

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in Rome that he participated in the telephone conversation between the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on July 25. Pompeo was asked about this call, which is the origin of an impeachment inquiry against Trump by the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives. “I was on the phone call,” he said.