A-400M type military cargo aircraft of Turkish Air Force
A-400M type military cargo aircraft of Turkish Air Force, returning from a mission to Afghanistan where Turkey has its troops deployed as a part of the NATO operation will make a brief stop-over at Tbilisi International Airport tonihgt at 20:30. The aircraft will leave for Turkey later in the night together with the Turkish Air Force delegation which has been conducting an assessment mission in Georgia within the framework of the NATO-Georgia Substantial Package of which Turkey is the lead nation in the field of aviation. Taking this opportunity, Commander of Georgian Air Force and the head of the Turkish delegation returning from Afghanistan will hold a meeting at the VIP lounge of the airport.
EU to extend sanctions against Belarus and Iran for supporting Russian war against Ukraine, says von der Leyen
The European Union will extend its sanctions, announced in response to Russian aggression against Ukraine, to those who militarily support Russia’s war, such as Belarus or Iran. This was announced by the Head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at a press conference today following the signing of the Third EU-NATO Joint Declaration on Cooperation.
“The European Union will keep doing everything in its power to support the brave people of Ukraine. We will keep the pressure on the Kremlin for as long as it takes with the biting sanctions regime,” said von der Leyen. “We will be coming forward with new sanctions on Belarus answering Belarus’ role in this Russian war in Ukraine.”
She also confirmed that the EU will continue its “substantial humanitarian economic and Security Assistance to Ukraine as long as it is necessary”.
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GLOBALink | China's westernmost airport opens in Xinjiang
URUMQI, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) -- A passenger aircraft on Friday morning arrived in Taxkorgan Tajik Autonomous County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, marking the inauguration of the region's first high plateau airport.
Departing from the regional capital Urumqi at 8:57 a.m., the flight CZ5193, operated by China Southern Airlines, landed at the Taxkorgan Airport at 10:59 a.m. The airport, located at 3,258 meters above sea level, is China's westernmost transportation airport.
"A round-trip flight between Urumqi and Taxkorgan has been opened now," said Chen Xiaoguo, general manager of the airport, adding that more airlines will soon join.
Equipped with a 3,800-meter runway, the airport is designed to handle an annual throughput of 160,000 passengers and 400 tonnes of cargo and mail.
Taxkorgan is the only Tajik autonomous county in China, with more than 80 percent of its roughly 40,000 residents belonging to the Tajik ethnic group. Inaccessibility to convenient and efficient transport once restrained Taxkorgan's socio-economic development.
The construction of Taxkorgan Airport began in 2020, with an investment of more than 1.6 billion yuan (about 229 million U.S. dollars).
"In the past, I needed to travel 40 to 50 hours by bus and train to get to Beijing. Thanks to the new airport, the plane has slashed the time to only eight hours," said Mirsayip Nuralip, a local Tajik resident who attended college in Beijing.
The convenient air passage will bring a steady flow of people, logistics and information to the Pamir Plateau, promoting industrial development on the plateau, said Zapar Atawulla, head of the county government.
"The airport will also play a positive role in improving the local transport, promoting local tourism and opening up to the outside world," he added.
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THE GEORGIAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION TO NATO PA HOLDS BILATERAL MEETINGS IN MADRID
The Parliamentary Delegation, headed by the Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Irakli Beraia held the bilateral meetings within the NATO PA sessions.
According to the administration of the Parliament of Georgia, Georgian MPs met with the representatives of Sweden, Finland, Turkey and Estonia and dwelt on the regional security and security challenges of Georgia, the Russian war against Ukraine, the Russian occupation and its consequences, as well as the conventional and hybrid threats that Georgia encounters.
Georgian MPs underlined the necessity of Georgia’s NATO integration and the acceleration of this decision emphasizing the necessity to further enhance the countering the security and hybrid threats for the national defense of Georgia.
According to I. Beraia, providing the drastically aggravated security milieu, the partners well realize the importance of Georgia’s membership, which makes Georgia optimistic.
“The NATO allies can make a brave decision in case of their political will and it is a good signal for us that Georgia’s NATO membership can be accelerated, which is the ultimate goal we look forward since the value-based choice of the Georgian citizens is to become a NATO member. We dwelt on the value of Georgia for NATO against the background of the increased threats in the region. We stressed that Georgia has not only the will but the capacity and experience to contribute to NATO security. When our partners aspire to diversify the energy resources and enhance the connection between the East and West, it increases the role of Georgia as a NATO member state. The partners strongly support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of our country and pledged to further support us in all the formats and at all international platforms and in international organizations”, - I. Beraia stated.
The parties touched upon bilateral relations, Parliamentary cooperation and exchange visits.
The Georgian Delegation is composed of the First Deputy Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, Giorgi Khelashvili and the Deputy Chairs of the Defense Committee, Vladimir Chachibaia and Teona Akubardia.
THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN HOSTED A MEETING WITH THE SPECIAL ENVOY OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FOR AFGHANISTAN
On November 14, 2022, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Hajyiev met with the Special Envoy of the People's Republic of China for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.
During the meeting, the high level of strategic partnership between Turkmenistan and the People's Republic of China was emphasized. In this context, it was noted that the dynamics of the Turkmen-Chinese bilateral cooperation is largely due to the open, trusting and friendly dialogue formed between the Leaders of the two states, which gives a powerful impetus to the further development and expansion of cooperation between Turkmenistan and China.
The parties noted that Turkmenistan and China are actively involved in the processes of national reconciliation and economic recovery of the neighboring country, and maintain a dialogue on the Afghan issue on a permanent and systematic basis. Both countries are actively cooperating within the framework of the mechanism of interaction between the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of countries neighboring Afghanistan.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan stressed that Turkmenistan considers peacebuilding in Afghanistan from the point of view of the unity of its three main directions: political, economic and social-humanitarian.
First of all, Turkmenistan stands for the development of a dialogue with the new authorities of Afghanistan as the main factor contributing to maintaining stability in the country and bringing closer the prospects for achieving internal harmony and a balance of interests in Afghanistan. Secondly, the process of peacebuilding in Afghanistan cannot be considered without the involvement of this country in regional economic integration processes through the implementation of major infrastructure projects. And, thirdly, the humanitarian component of peacebuilding in this country has always had a positive impact on this process.
In addition, the Turkmen side considers it necessary to search for and use opportunities to hold consultations with authorized Afghan officials on the issues of ensuring peace and security in the region, including issues of countering terrorism and other challenges and threats of our time.
In this regard, the Turkmen side confirmed that it would continue to provide regular support to the Afghan people, based on the principles of good neighborliness and centuries-old friendship.
GLOBALink | PLA Air Force showcases signature equipment at Airshow China
ZHUHAI, China, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force displayed an array of its equipment and weapons including aircraft, drones and missiles at the 14th Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.
The PLA Air Force's signature aircraft such as J-20 stealth fighter jets and a YU-20 tanker aircraft took part in the flying display at the airshow that opened Tuesday.
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