China called during a UN Security Council session for the cancelling of western unilateral coercive measures against Syria immediately.
SOURCE: SYRIAN OBSERVER
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Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan signed a deal on joint exploration and development of hydrocarbon resources of the Dostlug field in the Caspian Sea. Is the “start of a new stage of energy cooperation” between the two neighboring countries.
Japan seeks US vow of support in East China Sea, as dispute with China heats up. Chinese ships in the disputed area have become an urgent issue for Tokyo, which also sent a diplomatic note to the UN over China’s activities in the South China Sea.
SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
The European Union and Turkey emphasised the need for concrete steps to improve relations, after clashing over a number of regional issues in recent months. Turkey remains at loggerheads with EU members Greece and Cyprus over access to hydrocarbon reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. In December, EU leaders agreed to extend sanctions against officials in charge of Turkey’s drilling operations in the disputed waters.
SOURCE: AHVAL NEWS
Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, beat Russia, maintaining its ranking as China’s largest crude supplier in 2020. Russia came in second place as China oil supplier. China’s demand for oil remained strong last year despite the COVID-19 pandemic which caused reduced demand for fuel elsewhere. China is the world’s largest oil importer.
SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
Iraq’s crude exports to India grew nearly double-digits last year, helping it retain the title of India’s top oil supplier in 2020, but it may struggle to attain similar growth in 2021 if the newly appointed US President Joe Biden resurrects the nuclear deal with Tehran (as expected), which could potentially see the return of Iranian crude, analysts told S&P.
SOURCE: SP GLOBAL
President Biden halted efforts to drill in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge hastily enacted by the outgoing administration of former President Trump. The order places “a temporary moratorium on all activities of the Government relating to the implementation of the Coastal Plain Oil and Gas Leasing Program”. The order also reinstated an Obama-era policy closing most federal offshore waters in the U.S. Arctic and Northern Bering Sea to oil and gas exploration.
SOURCE: ARTICT TODAY
Syria strongly condemned the actions of US occupation forces in the country’s Northeast. In a letter addressed to the UN, Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs renewed the country’s calls for an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of US forces from the territory.
SOURCE: FARS NEWS AGENCY
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged new US President Joe Biden on the day of his inauguration to return to the 2015 nuclear deal and to lift the sanctions on the Middle Eastern country.
SOURCE: TREND AGENCY
More than two years after the end of the self-proclaimed ISIS caliphate in Iraq, Iraqi politicians and political factions are engulfed by waves of concerns about Washington’s plot to revive the terrorist group in their country. Reports suggest that the US is transferring to the Iraq-Syrian borders for future terrorist operations the ISIS prisoners who were kept in Hasakah jails in northeastern Syria.
SOURCE: ABNA 24