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Samson: Pompeo: China is the greatest threat of our time and its consulate in Houston has been a den of spies

30th July, 2020

In a new sharp attack on China, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, July 30, 2020 described the Beijing Consulate in Houston, which was recently closed by President Donald Trump’s administration, as “a den of spies.”

Pompeo stressed, in a statement presented to the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, that there has been a change in international attitudes towards China, citing the support of other countries for American initiatives directed against Beijing, including the strengthening of Washington and its partners, the frequency of maneuvers in the disputed South China Sea and the move to prevent The use of the Chinese giant Huawei equipment in developing the fifth generation networks in other countries.

The US secretary of state said that the Trump administration’s strict approach to China has prompted the world to wake up to the danger of the Communist Party of China, describing it as “the central danger of our times.”

He added that the “tide is turning” against China, acknowledging the difficulty of forming an international alliance against China, and expressed his “surprise and concern” at the expressions of a number of countries expressing their support for Beijing in its policy towards the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

This comes against the background of a new round of escalation between the two countries, as the Trump administration decided to close the Beijing consulate in Houston, while the Chinese authorities responded to that by closing the US consulate in Chengdu.   LINK

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Samson:  The Saudi King left the hospital today after successful surgery

31st July, 2020

The Royal court announced today that custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, was discharged today from the Hospital in Riyadh after recovery, according to the Official Saudi News agency.

The royal court announced on Thursday, 23 July, that King Salman was admitted to King Faisal Specialist hospital for Cholecystitis, where he underwent a successful Cholecystectomy.

The King’s illness was the reason behind postponing the visit of the Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, to the Kingdom.   LINK

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Samson:  Soon .. a Kurdish delegation visits Baghdad to sign the comprehensive agreement on the delivery of oil and ports

31st July, 2020

A government source familiar with, on Friday (July 31, 2020), revealed a forthcoming visit by a Kurdish delegation to Baghdad, to discuss the delivery of oil and border ports in the Kurdistan region, through American and European mediation

The source said, in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government will visit Baghdad after the Eid al-Adha holiday in order to sign the comprehensive agreement

He added, “Baghdad and Erbil have ended all outstanding problems with regard to oil and border crossings, and there is an agreement to deliver 250 thousand barrels of oil and 50% of the revenue from border crossings

The source, who preferred not to be named, said that “until now, no agreement has been reached on the amount sent from Baghdad to Kurdistan, and there are negotiations to increase the additional 50 billion to be sufficient to pay the salaries of employees and peshmerga

And that “there was American mediation and the European Union mission to solve the problems and it is likely that a comprehensive agreement will be signed during the visit of the next delegation of the region   LINK