Iran's role in world
Iran’s foreign minister says the Islamic Republic plays a primary role in regional developments and is a major actor on the global level. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks while reviewing a week-long meeting of Iranian envoys to foreign countries. He said the meeting focused on the emerging world order and the opportunities for Iran to enhance its status worldwide. He said the international community is undergoing enormous changes, notably the rise of economic powers in Asia. He said Iran has made efforts to join major regional or global coalitions, including the Shanghai Security Organization, BRICS, and the Eurasian economic forum. The minister said Iran will soon officially join the Shanghai Security Organization.
NATO Ukraine policy
NATO’s secretary-general says Ukraine’s security must be guaranteed when the war with Russia ends, but NATO allies still need to work out the mechanisms of that guarantee. Stoltenberg made the remarks following an informal meeting of NATO foreign ministers in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. The ministers debated providing security guarantees, as NATO looks to bridge divisions over Ukraine’s push to join the bloc. NATO requires consensus to make decisions. Joining NATO would mean all the members must help defend Ukraine if attacked. An alternative being weighed is major powers offering Ukraine security assurances. Before the Thursday meeting, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock reiterated Berlin’s position that NATO cannot be joined by a country while it is in the midst of a war.
Tensions over Taiwan
China has urged the United States to stop official exchanges with Taiwan under the guise of trade. China's foreign ministry spokeswoman said Beijing has made several representations on this topic with Washington. China regards Taiwan as part of its territory under the one-China principle and rejects the island’s diplomatic and military nexus with outside powers. The exchange of visits by American and Taiwanese officials in the recent past has infuriated Beijing. Despite repeated warnings, Washington has pledged to strengthen ties with the self-ruled island.