NEW DELHI, 18 May 2022, (TON): India test-fired its first homemade air-launched anti-ship missile made by the Defence Research and Development Organisation, or DRDO.
In a footage released by the Indian Navy, a Seaking 42B helicopter loaded with the missile is seen flying over the sea test range in Balasore, off the Odisha coast, while another helicopter is seen following it for observation.
The anti-ship missile separates from the Seaking for a few metres before its motor fires up and it flies fast towards the target.
DRDO said in a statement "it is the first indigenous air launched anti-ship missile system for Indian Navy.”
The defence research body said "the missile followed the desired sea-skimming trajectory and reached the designated target with a high degree of accuracy, validating the control, guidance and mission algorithms. All the sub-systems performed satisfactorily.”
KABUL, 18 May 2022, (TON): State Department said “United States has taken control of Afghanistan’s embassy in Washington and the country’s consulates in New York and Beverly Hills, California.”
The State Department said that it had assumed “sole responsibility” for the security and maintenance of the diplomatic missions effective on Monday and would bar anyone from entering them without its permission until further notice.
The move came after the department determined that the embassy and consulates had formally ceased conducting diplomatic and consular activities in the United States at noon on May 16.
The U.S. does not recognize the new government of the Islamic Emirate, which took power last year after the withdrawal of American and allied troops, and does not have formal diplomatic relations with the country.
KABUL, 18 May 2022, (TON): The acting Minister of Interior, Sirajuddin Haqqani, said the Islamic Emirate is committed to the rights of everyone and that it is not forcing women to wear hijab but advising them.
In the second portion released of a interview, Haqqani, the acting Interior Minister, said “the hijab is not compulsory but is an Islamic order.”
He said “if we talk about the edict, there is Hijab, education, and work. Hijab is an order according to the Islamic Sharia.”
He added “within the Islamic government, we are committed to the rights of everyone. We are not forcing women to wear hijab, but we are advising them and preaching to them from time to time.”
Hijab is also create a dignified environment for women’s education and work, hijab is not compulsory but is an Islamic order that everyone should implement.
DHAKA, 18 May 2022, (TON): The United State Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Hass said “his country wants to build action oriented deepening relationship with Bangladesh as Washington and Dhaka are being engaged in series of bilateral dialogues at different levels in this year.”
He made the remarks to media as a quick reaction after holding a meeting with foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen at foreign ministry here.
Hass said "we had a conversation about how we can continue moving our relationships forward and how we can action oriented deepening relationship.”
During the meeting, the envoy said “they talked about the "totality" of the bilateral issues between the US and Bangladesh and "how we can move forward.”
The ambassador said they also discussed about issues related to all bilateral dialogues between the two countries held in the last couple of months.
DHAKA, 18 May 2022, (TON): Non-Resident Singapore High Commissioner to Bangladesh Derek Loh lauded tremendous success of Bangladesh’s power and energy sector.
he said while paying a courtesy call on State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid “Power and Energy sector of Bangladesh can issue bond or join the capital market as Singaporean market is open for all.”
During the meeting, they discussed various issues including mutual interest of both the countries.
The State Minister said “Bangladesh’s power and energy sector is investment friendly.”
He added “to update the overall system of power and energy sector with modern technology, we can work on a partnership basis.”
DHAKA, 18 May 2022, (TON): A seven-member Swedish delegation led by ambassador Alexandra Berg Von Linde met State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid at his ministry office.
During the meeting, they discussed various issues of mutual interest, including renewable energy and clean energy.
Among others, first secretary of Swedish embassy Anna Svantession, country manager Zia ur Rahman, public affairs managers of H&M Masarrat Quade and Nusrat were present in the meeting.
WASHINGTON, 18 May 2022, (TON): Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Republic of Korea (ROK) Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-sup.
Secretary Austin reaffirmed the ironclad U.S. commitment to the defense of the ROK.
The two leaders committed to maintaining fight tonight readiness and close cooperation in the face of continued provocative actions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
During the call, Secretary Austin congratulated Minister Lee on his appointment and underscored the U.S. commitment to defend the ROK through both the U.S.-ROK combined defense posture and the U.S. extended deterrent.
Secretary Austin and Minister Lee exchanged views on the security environment on the Korean Peninsula.
BRUSSELS, 18 May 2022, (TON): High Representative and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication on a ‘Strategic Partnership with the Gulf’ with the aim to broaden and deepen the European Union cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council and its Member countries.
Josep Borrell said “at a time of insecurity and significant challenges to the rules-based international order, aggravated by Russia’s war on Ukraine, the European Union and Gulf countries stand to gain from a stronger and more strategic partnership stretching over a number of key areas.”
He said “we need to work more closely together on stability in the Gulf and the Middle East, on global security threats; energy security, climate change and the green transition, digitalisation, trade and investment. We also need to strengthen contacts between students, researchers, businesses and citizens.”
A strengthened partnership is beneficial both for the EU and for the Gulf partners, with the EU being the world’s largest single market, a leader in research and innovation, an important security actor in the Gulf region and the leading actor on global challenges such as climate change and digitalisation.
RIYADH, 18 May 2022, (TON): A diplomatic delegation from Japan visited the headquarters of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in Riyadh.
The delegates watched a presentation detailing humanitarian and aid projects carried out by KSrelief, which amount to 1,997 schemes across 83 countries in cooperation with 175 international, regional, and local partners.
The country that benefited the most was Yemen, where 702 projects with a total value exceeding $4 billion were carried out, followed by Palestine with 107 projects worth $369 million, and Syria with 702 projects worth $327 million.
The projects provided food, health, educational, and shelter aid.
VATICAN CITY, 18 May 2022, (TON): Pope Francis has said that he is saddened by the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, former president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi.
In a message, the leader of the Catholic church sent his condolences to newly appointed UAE president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and to the country’s people, invoking an abundance of divine blessings.
The Pope expressed his heartfelt condolences and the assurance of my prayers for his eternal rest.
“I likewise join the people of the Emirates in mourning his passing and paying tribute to his distinguished and far-sighted leadership in the service of the nation.”
The Catholic leader said he was particularly grateful for the solicitude shown by His Highness to the Holy See and to the Catholic communities of the Emirates, and for his commitment to the values of dialogue, understanding and solidarity between peoples and religious traditions solemnly proclaimed by the historic Abu Dhabi Document and embodied in the Zayed Award for Human Fraternity.