DUSHANBE -- Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu pledged here on Wednesday to safeguard regional peace, security and stability.
Wei and Shoigu made the remarks during their meeting on the sidelines of a meeting of defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and profound changes across the globe, China-Russia relations have shown great resilience and become a very important stabilizing force for today's world, Wei said.
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VIENTIANE -- The Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that politicization of vaccines or the origin tracing of COVID-19 virus should be avoided.
In a statement dated last Thursday, a spokesperson for the ministry called for "concerted and genuine cooperation and partnership among nations across the world," especially in the face of the current wave of outbreak in which COVID-19 mutation has become more contagious and resistant to available vaccines.
"In this context, genuine cooperation should be strongly promoted through development and production of vaccines and medicines," the spokesperson said, adding that "politicization of vaccines or the origin-tracing of COVID-19 virus should be avoided, as it is a complex scientific matter that requires objective, transparent, inclusive and purely scientific based efforts."
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LONDON -- London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday appointed politician and national security expert Toby Harris to complete a new and wide-ranging independent report to improve London's preparedness for a major terrorist incident.
"Nothing is more important to me than keeping Londoners safe," Khan said in a statement. "Londoners have a right to expect us to be prepared for any potential attack on our city, and that is why I have asked Lord Harris to undertake a fresh review into London's preparedness," he noted.
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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday that he was confident the U.S. government would have a "positive" response to his call for Washington to lift its decades-old trade embargo against Cuba.
"I am sure that the U.S. government will have a positive response, because this type of policy has no benefit," he said during his daily press conference, noting the embargo is "extreme" and "medieval."