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  •   More than 4 000 Kenyans have died as a result of road accidents as of mid November this year the National Transport and Safety Authority NTSA said in its latest update published on Sunday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi The agency said 4 103 people had died from traffic related injuries as of November 17 surpassing the 3 947 deaths recorded in 2021 NTSA board chair Agnes Odhiambo said Nairobi had the highest number of road traffic fatalities adding that among the most vulnerable demographics were motorcyclists pedestrians and school going children Road safety is a shared responsibility and we all have to play our part Odhiambo remarked during an event to observe the World Day of Commemoration for Road Traffic Victims Martha Koome Chief Justice of Kenya said enactment of punitive legislation increased public awareness and increased vigilance were key to curbing road accidents in the country Xinhua
    Kenya records more than 4,000 deaths related to road accidents-
      More than 4 000 Kenyans have died as a result of road accidents as of mid November this year the National Transport and Safety Authority NTSA said in its latest update published on Sunday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi The agency said 4 103 people had died from traffic related injuries as of November 17 surpassing the 3 947 deaths recorded in 2021 NTSA board chair Agnes Odhiambo said Nairobi had the highest number of road traffic fatalities adding that among the most vulnerable demographics were motorcyclists pedestrians and school going children Road safety is a shared responsibility and we all have to play our part Odhiambo remarked during an event to observe the World Day of Commemoration for Road Traffic Victims Martha Koome Chief Justice of Kenya said enactment of punitive legislation increased public awareness and increased vigilance were key to curbing road accidents in the country Xinhua
    Kenya records more than 4,000 deaths related to road accidents-
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    Kenya records more than 4,000 deaths related to road accidents-

    - More than 4,000 Kenyans have died as a result of road accidents as of mid-November this year, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) said in its latest update published on Sunday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

    The agency said 4,103 people had died from traffic-related injuries as of November 17, surpassing the 3,947 deaths recorded in 2021.

    NTSA board chair Agnes Odhiambo said Nairobi had the highest number of road traffic fatalities, adding that among the most vulnerable demographics were motorcyclists, pedestrians and school-going children.

    "Road safety is a shared responsibility, and we all have to play our part," Odhiambo remarked during an event to observe the World Day of Commemoration for Road Traffic Victims.

    Martha Koome, Chief Justice of Kenya, said enactment of punitive legislation, increased public awareness and increased vigilance were key to curbing road accidents in the country. ■



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  •   The 25th five day Tirana Book Fair ended here on Sunday with some 90 publishers participating in the fair Also on display were books covering China s politics economy culture and education attracting a large number of readers to visit and buy them During the book fair the launch of the 2020 Albanian version of China s Battle Against Coronavirus A Daily Record from January 23 to February 23 2020 was also held The book originally published by China s Foreign Languages Press was translated and published by Albania s Fan Noli publishing house Chinese Ambassador to Albania Zhou Ding said the book tells stories of the Chinese people fighting the COVID 19 pandemic on the front lines in early 2020 and demonstrates the fearless spirit of the Chinese people to unite and overcome difficulties together Zhou said that in recent years Fan Noli has translated and published more than 40 books in Chinese covering various fields such as politics economics and culture and effectively promoted cultural exchanges between China and Albania I hope to see more excellent Chinese books published for Albanian readers and I hope Albanian friends can better understand a real China through more reading he said Xinhua
    Chinese book debuts at the Tirana Book Fair
      The 25th five day Tirana Book Fair ended here on Sunday with some 90 publishers participating in the fair Also on display were books covering China s politics economy culture and education attracting a large number of readers to visit and buy them During the book fair the launch of the 2020 Albanian version of China s Battle Against Coronavirus A Daily Record from January 23 to February 23 2020 was also held The book originally published by China s Foreign Languages Press was translated and published by Albania s Fan Noli publishing house Chinese Ambassador to Albania Zhou Ding said the book tells stories of the Chinese people fighting the COVID 19 pandemic on the front lines in early 2020 and demonstrates the fearless spirit of the Chinese people to unite and overcome difficulties together Zhou said that in recent years Fan Noli has translated and published more than 40 books in Chinese covering various fields such as politics economics and culture and effectively promoted cultural exchanges between China and Albania I hope to see more excellent Chinese books published for Albanian readers and I hope Albanian friends can better understand a real China through more reading he said Xinhua
    Chinese book debuts at the Tirana Book Fair
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    Chinese book debuts at the Tirana Book Fair

    - The 25th five-day Tirana Book Fair ended here on Sunday, with some 90 publishers participating in the fair.

    Also on display were books covering China's politics, economy, culture and education, attracting a large number of readers to visit and buy them.

    During the book fair, the launch of the 2020 Albanian version of China's Battle Against Coronavirus: A Daily Record from January 23 to February 23, 2020 was also held.

    The book, originally published by China's Foreign Languages ​​Press, was translated and published by Albania's Fan Noli publishing house.

    Chinese Ambassador to Albania Zhou Ding said the book tells stories of the Chinese people fighting the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines in early 2020 and demonstrates the fearless spirit of the Chinese people to unite and overcome difficulties together.

    Zhou said that in recent years, Fan Noli has translated and published more than 40 books in Chinese, covering various fields such as politics, economics and culture, and effectively promoted cultural exchanges between China and Albania.

    "I hope to see more excellent Chinese books published for Albanian readers and I hope Albanian friends can better understand a real China through more reading," he said. ■



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  •  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi criticized the United States France and several other European countries on Sunday for blatantly supporting terrorists and rioters in Iran warning that endorsing terrorism is definitely not going to be in their interest Making the remarks at a cabinet meeting Raisi said the enemy tried to disrupt Iran s progress by striking blows at the country s security and economy as well as the education and production sectors according to the Iran website the office of the Iranian president He ordered the Foreign Ministry to take the necessary measures through diplomatic and judicial channels to neutralize and confront the seditions designed and instigated in the country from abroad Expressing deep regret over the killing of Iranian children women men and security forces by rioters in recent days Raisi urged related apparatuses and organizations to promptly take firm action against the rioters and prevent them from terrorists and rioters harming people s lives and property Protests erupted in Iran after 22 year old Mahsa Amini died in a Tehran hospital a few days after collapsing at a police station in September The Iranian government blames the United States and some other states for inciting riots and supporting terrorists in the country Xinhua
    Iran’s president says backing ‘terrorism’ is not in West’s interest
     Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi criticized the United States France and several other European countries on Sunday for blatantly supporting terrorists and rioters in Iran warning that endorsing terrorism is definitely not going to be in their interest Making the remarks at a cabinet meeting Raisi said the enemy tried to disrupt Iran s progress by striking blows at the country s security and economy as well as the education and production sectors according to the Iran website the office of the Iranian president He ordered the Foreign Ministry to take the necessary measures through diplomatic and judicial channels to neutralize and confront the seditions designed and instigated in the country from abroad Expressing deep regret over the killing of Iranian children women men and security forces by rioters in recent days Raisi urged related apparatuses and organizations to promptly take firm action against the rioters and prevent them from terrorists and rioters harming people s lives and property Protests erupted in Iran after 22 year old Mahsa Amini died in a Tehran hospital a few days after collapsing at a police station in September The Iranian government blames the United States and some other states for inciting riots and supporting terrorists in the country Xinhua
    Iran’s president says backing ‘terrorism’ is not in West’s interest
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    Iran’s president says backing ‘terrorism’ is not in West’s interest

    Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi criticized the United States, France and several other European countries on Sunday for "blatantly" supporting "terrorists and rioters" in Iran, warning that endorsing terrorism is definitely not going to be in their interest.

    Making the remarks at a cabinet meeting, Raisi said "the enemy" tried to disrupt Iran's progress by striking blows at the country's security and economy, as well as the education and production sectors, according to the Iran website. the office of the Iranian president.

    He ordered the Foreign Ministry to take the necessary measures through diplomatic and judicial channels to "neutralize and confront" the seditions designed and instigated in the country from abroad.

    Expressing deep regret over the killing of Iranian children, women, men and security forces by "rioters" in recent days, Raisi urged related apparatuses and organizations to promptly take firm action against the rioters and prevent them from " terrorists and rioters" harming people's lives and property.

    Protests erupted in Iran after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in a Tehran hospital a few days after collapsing at a police station in September. The Iranian government blames the United States and some other states for "inciting riots and supporting terrorists" in the country. ■



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  •   Myanmar confirmed 18 new cases of COVID 19 in the last 24 hours bringing the tally to 633 005 according to the Ministry of Health on Sunday The ministry said in a statement that health authorities tested 6 062 people for COVID 19 in the past 24 hours and the daily positivity rate was 0 3 percent The country s COVID 19 death toll was unchanged at 19 487 on Sunday as no new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours the ministry said The total number of patients who have recovered from COVID 19 in the country reached 607 384 including 76 new recoveries on Sunday The country has vaccinated more than 37 48 million people against COVID 19 as of Saturday Health Ministry data showed The Southeast Asian country detected its first cases of COVID 19 in March 2020 Xinhua
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      Myanmar confirmed 18 new cases of COVID 19 in the last 24 hours bringing the tally to 633 005 according to the Ministry of Health on Sunday The ministry said in a statement that health authorities tested 6 062 people for COVID 19 in the past 24 hours and the daily positivity rate was 0 3 percent The country s COVID 19 death toll was unchanged at 19 487 on Sunday as no new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours the ministry said The total number of patients who have recovered from COVID 19 in the country reached 607 384 including 76 new recoveries on Sunday The country has vaccinated more than 37 48 million people against COVID 19 as of Saturday Health Ministry data showed The Southeast Asian country detected its first cases of COVID 19 in March 2020 Xinhua
    Myanmar reports 18 new cases of COVID-19-
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    Myanmar reports 18 new cases of COVID-19-

    - Myanmar confirmed 18 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the tally to 633,005, according to the Ministry of Health on Sunday.

    The ministry said in a statement that health authorities tested 6,062 people for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and the daily positivity rate was 0.3 percent.

    The country's COVID-19 death toll was unchanged at 19,487 on Sunday as no new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, the ministry said.

    The total number of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country reached 607,384, including 76 new recoveries on Sunday.

    The country has vaccinated more than 37.48 million people against COVID-19 as of Saturday, Health Ministry data showed.

    The Southeast Asian country detected its first cases of COVID-19 in March 2020. ■



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  •   An earthquake with a magnitude of 5 5 struck the East Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia on Sunday night the country s meteorology climatology and geophysics agency said The quake struck at 8 49 p m local time 1 49 p m GMT with its epicenter 51 kilometers southeast of Kupang city in the province and a depth of 49 kilometers under the seabed the agency said The quake did not trigger a tsunami he added Xinhua
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      An earthquake with a magnitude of 5 5 struck the East Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia on Sunday night the country s meteorology climatology and geophysics agency said The quake struck at 8 49 p m local time 1 49 p m GMT with its epicenter 51 kilometers southeast of Kupang city in the province and a depth of 49 kilometers under the seabed the agency said The quake did not trigger a tsunami he added Xinhua
    Moderate earthquake hits central Indonesia-
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    Moderate earthquake hits central Indonesia-

    - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 struck the East Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia on Sunday night, the country's meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency said.

    The quake struck at 8:49 p.m. local time (1:49 p.m. GMT) with its epicenter 51 kilometers southeast of Kupang city in the province and a depth of 49 kilometers under the seabed, the agency said.

    The quake did not trigger a tsunami, he added. ■



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  •   The 18th summit of the Organization internationale de la Francophonie closed on Sunday on the southern Tunisian island of Djerba with the re election of Rwanda s Louise Mushikiwabo as secretary general and the adoption of key resolutions The re election was announced by Tunisian President Kais Saied at the closing ceremony during which he also praised the two resolutions namely the Djerba Declaration and Crisis solutions and peacebuilding in the French speaking region as fruitful The two documents reflected that members were determined to be more open to dialogue consultation and mutual solidarity he said adding that since French speaking countries face challenges on several fronts solutions must be more creative for adapt to their respective conditions Saied also called on countries to encourage apathetic youth to participate in public life to experience change and transformation The Djerba Declaration will lead to concrete proposals and new approaches to women s and youth issues he said The next summit will be held in France according to Saied The 18th La Francophonie summit which lasted two days brought together 89 delegations including 31 heads of state and government from the Francophone world as well as leaders of international and regional organizations Xinhua
    La Francophonie closes in Tunis-
      The 18th summit of the Organization internationale de la Francophonie closed on Sunday on the southern Tunisian island of Djerba with the re election of Rwanda s Louise Mushikiwabo as secretary general and the adoption of key resolutions The re election was announced by Tunisian President Kais Saied at the closing ceremony during which he also praised the two resolutions namely the Djerba Declaration and Crisis solutions and peacebuilding in the French speaking region as fruitful The two documents reflected that members were determined to be more open to dialogue consultation and mutual solidarity he said adding that since French speaking countries face challenges on several fronts solutions must be more creative for adapt to their respective conditions Saied also called on countries to encourage apathetic youth to participate in public life to experience change and transformation The Djerba Declaration will lead to concrete proposals and new approaches to women s and youth issues he said The next summit will be held in France according to Saied The 18th La Francophonie summit which lasted two days brought together 89 delegations including 31 heads of state and government from the Francophone world as well as leaders of international and regional organizations Xinhua
    La Francophonie closes in Tunis-
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    La Francophonie closes in Tunis-

    - The 18th summit of the Organization internationale de la Francophonie closed on Sunday on the southern Tunisian island of Djerba with the re-election of Rwanda's Louise Mushikiwabo as secretary general and the adoption of key resolutions.

    The re-election was announced by Tunisian President Kais Saied at the closing ceremony, during which he also praised the two resolutions, namely the Djerba Declaration and Crisis solutions and peacebuilding in the French-speaking region as fruitful.

    The two documents reflected that members were determined to "be more open to dialogue, consultation and mutual solidarity," he said, adding that since French-speaking countries face challenges on several fronts, solutions must be more creative for adapt to their respective conditions.

    Saied also called on countries to encourage apathetic youth to participate in public life to experience "change and transformation."

    The Djerba Declaration will lead to concrete proposals and new approaches to women's and youth issues, he said.

    The next summit will be held in France, according to Saied.

    The 18th La Francophonie summit, which lasted two days, brought together 89 delegations, including 31 heads of state and government from the Francophone world, as well as leaders of international and regional organizations. ■



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  •  Iran s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps IRGC has decided to strengthen its ground forces in the north west of the country against separatist terrorists there the semi official Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday Separatist terrorists in the region have caused insecurity in some areas Tasnim said citing a statement by the IRGC Ground Force Base Hamzeh Seyyed Al Shohada The IRGC will also cooperate with the local population in their decisive actions in the region it added Calling the security of Iran s northwestern provinces one of the IRGC s red lines the statement threatened a decisive response against armed thugs and terrorists if they continue their malicious acts Xinhua
    Iran to reinforce ground forces in northwest against “separatist terrorists”
     Iran s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps IRGC has decided to strengthen its ground forces in the north west of the country against separatist terrorists there the semi official Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday Separatist terrorists in the region have caused insecurity in some areas Tasnim said citing a statement by the IRGC Ground Force Base Hamzeh Seyyed Al Shohada The IRGC will also cooperate with the local population in their decisive actions in the region it added Calling the security of Iran s northwestern provinces one of the IRGC s red lines the statement threatened a decisive response against armed thugs and terrorists if they continue their malicious acts Xinhua
    Iran to reinforce ground forces in northwest against “separatist terrorists”
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    Iran to reinforce ground forces in northwest against “separatist terrorists”

    Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has decided to strengthen its ground forces in the north-west of the country against "separatist terrorists" there, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

    "Separatist terrorists" in the region have caused insecurity in some areas, Tasnim said, citing a statement by the IRGC Ground Force Base Hamzeh Seyyed Al-Shohada.

    The IRGC will also cooperate with the local population in their decisive actions in the region, it added.

    Calling the security of Iran's northwestern provinces one of the IRGC's red lines, the statement threatened "a decisive response" against "armed thugs and terrorists" if they continue their "malicious acts." ■



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  •   Seven member states of the Accra Initiative a West African security cooperation initiative are considering establishing a standby military force to deal with armed insurgencies within the region a Ghanaian minister said on Sunday Albert Kan Dapaah Ghana s Minister of National Security revealed this at a press conference to shed more light on the steps that have been taken so far to protect the territorial integrity of member states and the sub region at large We are seriously considering setting up a standby force but what form it would take is still under consideration Dapaah revealed The respective defense chiefs of staff of our member states have been discussing the details of the standby force and once we are ready we will inform the general public about the form it will take he said It revealed that the porous borders in the subregion and the ungoverned spaces in the different countries were some of the main attractions for armed insurgents and jihadist groups One of our key considerations is to ensure that there are not too many ungoverned territories in our member countries We will also make it more difficult for jihadists to radicalize youth in border communities Dapaah said Youth unemployment is a critical factor in radicalisation Our ability to manage youth unemployment in a more coordinated way so that it does not become a threat to national and regional security will be key to confronting armed insurgencies in member states said she said The Accra Initiative was established in September 2017 to enhance intelligence and security cooperation among member states which include Ghana Benin C te d Ivoire Burkina Faso Mali Togo and Niger Xinhua
    West African countries assess reserve force to suppress insurgencies in the region-
      Seven member states of the Accra Initiative a West African security cooperation initiative are considering establishing a standby military force to deal with armed insurgencies within the region a Ghanaian minister said on Sunday Albert Kan Dapaah Ghana s Minister of National Security revealed this at a press conference to shed more light on the steps that have been taken so far to protect the territorial integrity of member states and the sub region at large We are seriously considering setting up a standby force but what form it would take is still under consideration Dapaah revealed The respective defense chiefs of staff of our member states have been discussing the details of the standby force and once we are ready we will inform the general public about the form it will take he said It revealed that the porous borders in the subregion and the ungoverned spaces in the different countries were some of the main attractions for armed insurgents and jihadist groups One of our key considerations is to ensure that there are not too many ungoverned territories in our member countries We will also make it more difficult for jihadists to radicalize youth in border communities Dapaah said Youth unemployment is a critical factor in radicalisation Our ability to manage youth unemployment in a more coordinated way so that it does not become a threat to national and regional security will be key to confronting armed insurgencies in member states said she said The Accra Initiative was established in September 2017 to enhance intelligence and security cooperation among member states which include Ghana Benin C te d Ivoire Burkina Faso Mali Togo and Niger Xinhua
    West African countries assess reserve force to suppress insurgencies in the region-
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    West African countries assess reserve force to suppress insurgencies in the region-

    - Seven member states of the Accra Initiative, a West African security cooperation initiative, are considering establishing a standby military force to deal with armed insurgencies within the region, a Ghanaian minister said on Sunday.

    Albert Kan Dapaah, Ghana's Minister of National Security, revealed this at a press conference to shed more light on the steps that have been taken so far to protect the territorial integrity of member states and the sub-region at large.

    "We are seriously considering setting up a standby force, but what form it would take is still under consideration," Dapaah revealed.

    "The respective defense chiefs of staff of our member states have been discussing the details of the standby force, and once we are ready, we will inform the general public about the form it will take," he said.

    It revealed that the porous borders in the subregion and the ungoverned spaces in the different countries were some of the main attractions for armed insurgents and jihadist groups.

    “One of our key considerations is to ensure that there are not too many ungoverned territories in our member countries. We will also make it more difficult for jihadists to radicalize youth in border communities,” Dapaah said.

    "Youth unemployment is a critical factor in radicalisation. Our ability to manage youth unemployment in a more coordinated way so that it does not become a threat to national and regional security will be key to confronting armed insurgencies in member states" , said. she said.

    The Accra Initiative was established in September 2017 to enhance intelligence and security cooperation among member states, which include Ghana, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, and Niger. ■



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  •   T rkiye is trying to take advantage of its good geographical location to become an energy hub between Russia the world s top exporter of natural gas and the European market even as the EU is trying to reduce its dependence on Russian energy after the special of the latter military operation in Ukraine but experts say this is a bumpy and challenging road T rkiye is located in a geographically ideal place to supply energy to Europe Its transcontinental location is a great advantage said Kerim Has a Moscow based analyst for Russian and Eurasian affairs T rkiye is home to seven international natural gas pipelines running from east to west and four onshore LNG liquefied natural gas terminals and floating storage units all in the western part of the country He has singled out the TurkStream pipeline which runs directly from Russia to the Thracian region of T rkiye across the Black Sea as the best option It is not currently used at full capacity and could provide Europe with much needed gas he explained The Blue Stream another major pipeline through the Black Sea that has the capacity to transport 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from Russia to T rkiye may also be part of the infrastructure that could eventually make T rkiye a hub Has pointed out Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in October that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the proposal to build a natural gas hub in T rkiye and Europe can secure its supply from the Turkish hub Erdogan s comments came after the Nord Stream pipelines which carry gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea were damaged in a series of explosions in late September With clever energy diplomacy and strategic vision T rkiye could become a middle man in natural gas sales to Europe in the long term as it already imports significant amounts of gas from other big producers such as Iran and Azerbaijan he said You have Supplying Russian gas to the EU would give T rkiye a strategic advantage in its ties with Europe making it a safe energy corridor in the continent s time of need the analyst said adding that it could also cement growing energy ties between Ankara and Moscow TurkStream branches off at T rkiye with one line supplying gas to T rkiye and the other to Europe Each line has an annual capacity of 15 750 million cubic meters According to experts the pipeline could also be expanded with two new lines with a combined capacity of 31 billion cubic meters to supply European consumers via the southeastern European countries of Bulgaria Romania and Hungary but it will take time and money Time is more of an issue than investment according to independent energy analyst and consultant Ali Arif Akturk who estimated the cost of building two additional pipelines for TurkStream over two years to be US 10 billion He is skeptical about the viability of the Russian idea in the current geopolitical circumstances as Brussels is unlikely to give such a project the green light Currently the political and economic climate is not favorable for such a project While there is a conflict in Ukraine the risk of a recession in Europe and rising global interest rates are real challenges he said In addition the Turkish government may also refrain from making any critical financial moves ahead of next year s general elections Akturk added However Erdogan s administration would draw up a roadmap to turn the country into a gas hub by the end of this year Turkey s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez said in an interview with TRT television channel Have at the beginning of this month In a video message during a gas handover ceremony in the northern Black Sea province of Kastamonu Erdogan said his government is taking steps to turn Turkey into a natural gas hub where natural gases compete between yes and the reference price is set in your region according to a statement issued by the Turkish presidency on November 12 Xinhua
    Could Türkiye become a gas hub for Europe?-
      T rkiye is trying to take advantage of its good geographical location to become an energy hub between Russia the world s top exporter of natural gas and the European market even as the EU is trying to reduce its dependence on Russian energy after the special of the latter military operation in Ukraine but experts say this is a bumpy and challenging road T rkiye is located in a geographically ideal place to supply energy to Europe Its transcontinental location is a great advantage said Kerim Has a Moscow based analyst for Russian and Eurasian affairs T rkiye is home to seven international natural gas pipelines running from east to west and four onshore LNG liquefied natural gas terminals and floating storage units all in the western part of the country He has singled out the TurkStream pipeline which runs directly from Russia to the Thracian region of T rkiye across the Black Sea as the best option It is not currently used at full capacity and could provide Europe with much needed gas he explained The Blue Stream another major pipeline through the Black Sea that has the capacity to transport 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from Russia to T rkiye may also be part of the infrastructure that could eventually make T rkiye a hub Has pointed out Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in October that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the proposal to build a natural gas hub in T rkiye and Europe can secure its supply from the Turkish hub Erdogan s comments came after the Nord Stream pipelines which carry gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea were damaged in a series of explosions in late September With clever energy diplomacy and strategic vision T rkiye could become a middle man in natural gas sales to Europe in the long term as it already imports significant amounts of gas from other big producers such as Iran and Azerbaijan he said You have Supplying Russian gas to the EU would give T rkiye a strategic advantage in its ties with Europe making it a safe energy corridor in the continent s time of need the analyst said adding that it could also cement growing energy ties between Ankara and Moscow TurkStream branches off at T rkiye with one line supplying gas to T rkiye and the other to Europe Each line has an annual capacity of 15 750 million cubic meters According to experts the pipeline could also be expanded with two new lines with a combined capacity of 31 billion cubic meters to supply European consumers via the southeastern European countries of Bulgaria Romania and Hungary but it will take time and money Time is more of an issue than investment according to independent energy analyst and consultant Ali Arif Akturk who estimated the cost of building two additional pipelines for TurkStream over two years to be US 10 billion He is skeptical about the viability of the Russian idea in the current geopolitical circumstances as Brussels is unlikely to give such a project the green light Currently the political and economic climate is not favorable for such a project While there is a conflict in Ukraine the risk of a recession in Europe and rising global interest rates are real challenges he said In addition the Turkish government may also refrain from making any critical financial moves ahead of next year s general elections Akturk added However Erdogan s administration would draw up a roadmap to turn the country into a gas hub by the end of this year Turkey s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez said in an interview with TRT television channel Have at the beginning of this month In a video message during a gas handover ceremony in the northern Black Sea province of Kastamonu Erdogan said his government is taking steps to turn Turkey into a natural gas hub where natural gases compete between yes and the reference price is set in your region according to a statement issued by the Turkish presidency on November 12 Xinhua
    Could Türkiye become a gas hub for Europe?-
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    Could Türkiye become a gas hub for Europe?-

    - Türkiye is trying to take advantage of its good geographical location to become an energy hub between Russia, the world's top exporter of natural gas, and the European market, even as the EU is trying to reduce its dependence on Russian energy after the special of the latter. military operation in Ukraine, but experts say this is a bumpy and challenging road.

    "Türkiye is located in a geographically ideal place to supply energy to Europe. Its transcontinental location is a great advantage," said Kerim Has, a Moscow-based analyst for Russian and Eurasian affairs.

    Türkiye is home to seven international natural gas pipelines running from east to west, and four onshore LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminals and floating storage units, all in the western part of the country.

    He has singled out the TurkStream pipeline, which runs directly from Russia to the Thracian region of Türkiye across the Black Sea, as the best option.

    "It is not currently used at full capacity and could provide Europe with much-needed gas," he explained.

    The Blue Stream, another major pipeline through the Black Sea that has the capacity to transport 16 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year from Russia to Türkiye, may also be part of the infrastructure that could eventually make Türkiye a hub. Has pointed out.

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in October that he had agreed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the proposal to build a natural gas hub in Türkiye, and Europe can secure its supply from the Turkish hub.

    Erdogan's comments came after the Nord Stream pipelines, which carry gas from Russia to Germany across the Baltic Sea, were damaged in a series of explosions in late September.

    "With clever energy diplomacy and strategic vision," Türkiye could become a "middle man" in natural gas sales to Europe in the long term, as it already imports significant amounts of gas from other big producers such as Iran and Azerbaijan, he said. You have.

    "Supplying Russian gas to the EU would give Türkiye a strategic advantage in its ties with Europe, making it a safe energy corridor in the continent's time of need," the analyst said, adding that it could also cement growing energy ties between Ankara and Moscow. .

    TurkStream branches off at Türkiye, with one line supplying gas to Türkiye and the other to Europe. Each line has an annual capacity of 15,750 million cubic meters.

    According to experts, the pipeline could also be expanded with two new lines with a combined capacity of 31 billion cubic meters to supply European consumers via the southeastern European countries of Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, but it will take time and money.

    Time is more of an issue than investment, according to independent energy analyst and consultant Ali Arif Akturk, who estimated the cost of building two additional pipelines for TurkStream over two years to be US$10 billion.

    He is skeptical about the viability of the Russian idea in the current geopolitical circumstances, as Brussels is unlikely to give such a project the green light.

    "Currently, the political and economic climate is not favorable for such a project. While there is a conflict in Ukraine, the risk of a recession in Europe and rising global interest rates are real challenges," he said.

    In addition, the Turkish government may also refrain from making any critical financial moves ahead of next year's general elections, Akturk added.

    However, Erdogan's administration would draw up a roadmap to turn the country into a gas hub by the end of this year, Turkey's Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Fatih Donmez said in an interview with TRT television channel. Have at the beginning of this month.

    In a video message during a gas handover ceremony in the northern Black Sea province of Kastamonu, Erdogan said his government is taking steps to turn Turkey into a natural gas hub "where natural gases compete between yes and the reference price is set in your region". ”, according to a statement issued by the Turkish presidency on November 12. ■



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  •   Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen met Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe here on Sunday Hun Sen expressed his warm congratulations on the successful convening of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China CPC and the re election of Xi Jinping as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee China s achievements in the past 10 years have epoch making historical significance he said adding that China is a major country in the world with strong influence and the Chinese nation is advancing with unstoppable momentum toward rejuvenation During Cambodia s term as the rotating president of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN for 2022 the ASEAN China relationship has entered the best period in history the Cambodian prime minister said He said Cambodia has actively pushed for the signing of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea and hopes to jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the South China Sea with China Hun Sen also thanked the Chinese army for providing strong support and assistance to the development of the Cambodian army hoping that the two armies will continue to strengthen cooperation in various fields For his part Wei briefed the Cambodian prime minister on the 20th CPC National Congress and its important achievements China and Cambodia are traditionally friendly neighbors and true brothers Wei said adding that under the guidance of the two countries leaders China Cambodia community building with a shared future has continuously reached new heights and the development of bilateral relations it has been constant renewed and strengthened over time In the past two years the two militaries have faced the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and carried out pragmatic cooperation in fields such as high level exchanges mechanism construction joint exercises and training and personnel training he said the Chinese Defense Minister Wei hopes the two militaries will continue to deepen and expand exchanges and cooperation to make greater contributions to the development of the China Cambodia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and jointly maintain peace and stability in the region Wei also held talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Tea Banh and met with Hun Manet Deputy Commander in Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army Xinhua
    Cambodian PM meets Chinese Defense Minister
      Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen met Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe here on Sunday Hun Sen expressed his warm congratulations on the successful convening of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China CPC and the re election of Xi Jinping as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee China s achievements in the past 10 years have epoch making historical significance he said adding that China is a major country in the world with strong influence and the Chinese nation is advancing with unstoppable momentum toward rejuvenation During Cambodia s term as the rotating president of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN for 2022 the ASEAN China relationship has entered the best period in history the Cambodian prime minister said He said Cambodia has actively pushed for the signing of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea and hopes to jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the South China Sea with China Hun Sen also thanked the Chinese army for providing strong support and assistance to the development of the Cambodian army hoping that the two armies will continue to strengthen cooperation in various fields For his part Wei briefed the Cambodian prime minister on the 20th CPC National Congress and its important achievements China and Cambodia are traditionally friendly neighbors and true brothers Wei said adding that under the guidance of the two countries leaders China Cambodia community building with a shared future has continuously reached new heights and the development of bilateral relations it has been constant renewed and strengthened over time In the past two years the two militaries have faced the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic and carried out pragmatic cooperation in fields such as high level exchanges mechanism construction joint exercises and training and personnel training he said the Chinese Defense Minister Wei hopes the two militaries will continue to deepen and expand exchanges and cooperation to make greater contributions to the development of the China Cambodia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and jointly maintain peace and stability in the region Wei also held talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Tea Banh and met with Hun Manet Deputy Commander in Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army Xinhua
    Cambodian PM meets Chinese Defense Minister
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    Cambodian PM meets Chinese Defense Minister

    - Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen met Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe here on Sunday.

    Hun Sen expressed his warm congratulations on the successful convening of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the re-election of Xi Jinping as general secretary of the CPC Central Committee.

    China's achievements in the past 10 years have epoch-making historical significance, he said, adding that China is a major country in the world with strong influence and the Chinese nation is advancing with unstoppable momentum toward rejuvenation.

    During Cambodia's term as the rotating president of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2022, the ASEAN-China relationship has entered the best period in history, the Cambodian prime minister said.

    He said Cambodia has actively pushed for the signing of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea and hopes to jointly maintain peace and tranquility in the South China Sea with China.

    Hun Sen also thanked the Chinese army for providing strong support and assistance to the development of the Cambodian army, hoping that the two armies will continue to strengthen cooperation in various fields.

    For his part, Wei briefed the Cambodian prime minister on the 20th CPC National Congress and its important achievements.

    China and Cambodia are traditionally friendly neighbors and true brothers, Wei said, adding that under the guidance of the two countries' leaders, China-Cambodia community building with a shared future has continuously reached new heights and the development of bilateral relations it has been constant. renewed and strengthened over time.

    In the past two years, the two militaries have faced the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and carried out pragmatic cooperation in fields such as high-level exchanges, mechanism construction, joint exercises and training, and personnel training, he said. the Chinese Defense Minister. .

    Wei hopes the two militaries will continue to deepen and expand exchanges and cooperation to make greater contributions to the development of the China-Cambodia comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and jointly maintain peace and stability in the region.

    Wei also held talks with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Defense Tea Banh and met with Hun Manet, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and Commander of the Royal Cambodian Army. ■



    (Xinhua)

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