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Hillary Clinton arrives in Tbilisi

US state secretary Hillary Clinton arrived in Tbilisi on Monday, Novosti Georgia reports, citing the Georgian Foreign Ministry. A meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili is scheduled.While Clinton will also meet with leaders of the Georgian opposition, she will not meet with the head of the "Democratic movement -United Georgia." Nino Burdzhanidze has said she did not wish to meet Clinton, adding that she would give her reasons for the decsion at a later date.

Hillary Clinton arrives in Georgia

US state secretary Hillary Clinton will finish her tour of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region in Georgia on Monday. Clinton will meet with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Interfax reports.The two will discuss bilateral ties and issues within the framework of the United States-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership.

US to render assistance in Turkish-Armenian relations

US to render assistance in Turkish-Armenian relations

Washington has expressed its willingness to help establish Turkish-Armenian diplomatic relations

Turkey officially opts out of joint drills with Israel

The Turkish Defense Ministry has officially informed Israel of its decision not to participate in joint search-and-rescue drills in the Mediterranean Sea scheduled for August, Interfax reports. The drills will now see the participation of the USA and Israel.

Russo-Iranian alert partnership (Part 1)

Russo-Iranian "alert partnership" (Part 1)

Russo-Iranian "alert partnership" (Part 1)Many different events have taken place in the history of Russo-Iranian relations, both positive and negative. However, the parties have always sensed and been aware of each other's significance.Historical facts

Nino Burjanadze is discontent with Hillary Clinton's unwillingness to meet Georgia's opposition

The Party of the ex-Parliamentary Speaker, Nino Burjanadze, accuses the US of ignoring the opposition in Georgia. According to the press-service of the party, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not going to meet with Georgia's opposition during her visit to Georgia, so Burjanadze herself will be given no chance to meet the Secretary of State.

The US Secretary of State arrives in Armenia

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Yerevan, reports. Her airplane landed in the evening of July 4th at Yerevan's "Zvartnots" International Airport and Clinton headed for a meeting with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, after which she held a press-conference together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Eduard Nalbandyan.

The USA is unable to settle the Karabakh conflict but will help bring the sides closer

The USA supports a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict on the basis of the principles of territorial integrity, non-violence and the right of self-determination within the terms of the Helsinski agreements, said the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Trend reports.

USA to help Azerbaijan build democracy

USA to help Azerbaijan build democracy

The USA is prepared to help Azerbaijan and its citizens build a prosperous, independent and democratic state, declared the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday, during the meeting with Azerbaijani youth. According to Clinton, Azerbaijan has made significant progress, but there is still a lot to do, including improving the judicial system. The Azerbaijani President asked the USA for help in settling the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, calling it the main threat to regional stability, and that the Azerbaijani people are suffering from it.

Three OSCE Minsk Group diplomats arrive in Baku

The co-chairmen of the OSCE Minsk Group Robert Bradtke (USA), Bernard Fassier (France) and Igor Popov (Russia) are now in Baku.

US Secretary of State starts negotiations with Azerbaijani government in Baku

US Secretary of State starts negotiations with Azerbaijani government in Baku

The United States' Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, arrived last night in Azerbaijan in the framework of her tour of Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

Summer Energy School opened in Baku

The 4th Baku Summer Energy School of the Azerbaijani Diplomatic Academy was opened today, Trend reports."The aim of opening the Summer School is to give students from abroad the opportunity to learn more about our country, with it's rich oil and gas history", said the President of the Academy, Khafiz Pashaev. He believes that, during the School's duration, relations between Azerbaijani and foreign universities will be established.

Joseph Ricciardone could be next US Deputy Ambassador to Turkey

US president Barack Obama has nominated the US Deputy Ambassador to Kabul, Francis Joseph Ricciardone, as the new Deputy Ambassador to Ankara,

OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen to meet Hillary Clinton in Baku

The Osce Minsk Group co-chairmen Igor Popov (representing Russia), Robert Bradtke (the USA) and personal representative of the OSCE chairman Andrei Kaspshik will hold a meeting in Nagorno-Karabakh, reports, citing Armenian media.Igor Popov also announced that the chairmen will meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Baku. The main issues of the discussion will be the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the incident on the forces contact line, which occurred on June 18th.

Georgia starts taking measures against Saakashvili becoming premier

The party of Irakliy Alasaniya - 'Free Democrats' - spoke out againstMikhail Saakashvili becoming premier after his presidency ends.Members of the Tea party, Tsulukiani and Zurab Abashidze, presentedtheir special project on the issue to the constitutional commission,Georgian media report.Tsulukiani said that it needs amendments to the Constitution to forbidthe president becoming premier immediately after his term of officeends. If the amendments are passed presidents will not be able toamend the Constitution for their benefit.

Co-chairs of OSCE Minsk Group arrive in Nagorno-Karabakh

Co-chairs of OSCE Minsk Group arrive in Nagorno-Karabakh

OSCE mediators will hold talks in Hankedi with the heads of thebreakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Mediamax reports.The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group are expected to visit Yerevanand Baku after their visit to Nagorno-Karabakh.

The past and future of Georgian tea

The past and future of Georgian tea

Soviet Georgia produced 500,000 tons of tea annually. But those times have gone and Georgian tea makers will have to adjust to the new competition.

Turkey will continue to press Israel to meet its demands

Turkey will continue to press Israel to meet the demands it made afterthe attack on a humanitarian convoy heading to Gaza, Turkish ForeignMinister Ahmet Davutoglu said in parliament, ITAR-TASS reports.

US president approves new sanctions against Iran

USPresident Barack Obama has approved a new package of sanctionsagainst Iran, the BBC reports.The sanctions involve the international isolation of Iran and limitson fuel imports. The White House says that the sanctions are aimed athindering the development of the Iranian nuclear program and thecreation of ballistic missiles.Iran insists that its nuclear program is peaceful.

Magic triangle: Moscow-Washington-Tbilisi

Magic triangle: Moscow-Washington-Tbilisi

Washington supports Georgian leader but within the limits which Obama's administration is not eager to cross.

Iran denies sending radars to Syria

The governments of Iran and Syria have denied a report in The WallStreet Journal that Tehran supplied Damascus with radar systems in themiddle of 2009.The article in the US publication said that the systems were to beused by Syria as defense against possible attacks by Israel.A spokesman for the Syrian embassy in the USA said that the report wasbased on Isareli disinformation.

Iran open to uranium exchange based on Turkey, Brazil deal

Iran believes that a deal on uranium exchange reached with Turkey andBrazil should be the basis of fuel exchange, Foreign MinisterManushehr Mottaki said. He also said he believes that that theexchange process can continue if the USA, France and Russia form newproposals, Iran News reports.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov proposed during his visit toIsrael on June 29 a meeting between experts from the USA, Russia, theIAEA and Iran on the issue of nuclear fuel supply for an Iranianresearch reactor.

State film funds of Azerbaijan and Russia to cooperate

An agreement was signed in Moscow between the Azerbaijani state filmfund and the Russian state film archive of documents, Trend reports.The agreement was reached during the visit of the head of theAzerbaijani state film fund, Jamil Guliyev, to Moscow. He waspresented with an by the Russian organization for contributing to filmarchive work during his stay in Moscow.

Iran forces Israel to open up

Iran forces Israel to open up

A new wave of confrontation around Iran is the result of relationsbetween Russia and the USA. Obama's administration managed to findcommon ground with the Kremlin. Russia agrees more with the USapproach to solving the Iranian nuclear issue.

US Congress determines size of aid to Karabakh for 2011

The Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs of the US House of Representatives has confirmed its budget for 2011, apportioning $44 million in financial aid to Armenia, Novosti Armenia reports, citing the Armenian National Committee of America. This is $

Co-chairs of OSCE MG lay groundwork for meeting of foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia in Kazakhstan

Co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorno-Karabakh settlement Robert Bradtke (USA), Igor Popov (Russia), Bernard Fassier (France) and the personal representative of the OSCE Andjey Kasprshik will visit Yerevan on 4-5 July. The co-chairs will travel on to Baku, ANS reports.

Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh should be changed – G8

Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh should be changed – G8

espite the visible agreement of the sides, the process does not move any further. In the new season the mediators expect to see actual results of their diplomatic efforts.

Erdogan speaks on new program

Erdogan speaks on new program

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a speech on the PBS TV channel about Turkish policy. He spoke about the renewal of Syrian-Israeli negotiations under the mediatorship of Turkey, so that both sides can make the corresponding demand and have Israel act according to the norms of international law, TRT reports.Erdogan gave his assessment of events in northern Iraq and the terrorist attacks in the region and the process of Turkey becoming a member of the EU.

Iran plans to minimize repercussions of international sanctions

Iran has established a headquarters for special economic actions to be taken against the international sanctions, ITAR-TASS reports, citing Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki.He said that they had taken measures against the sanctions in the past. These measures had helped the country save $180 billion in the past 5 years. Mottaki believes that sanctions are an ineffective method that have never lead to the desired result.

Georgia and US to sign memorandum of understanding

The Georgian parliament will hold a presentation of the program "Strengthening of the Parliament" under the National Democratic Institute (NDI) project today, Trend reports. As part of the event, the Georgian parliament and the U.S. government will sign a memorandum of understanding. The presentation will be attended by US Ambassador to Georgia John Bass, who will speak at the presentation. Georgian Parliamentary Speaker David Bakradze and director of the NDI Georgia Branch Luis Navarro will also speak at the event.