Iran says ready for prisoner swap with US

TEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday announced Iran's readiness for "immediate" implementation of the existing agreement with the United States on prisoners. Nasser Kanaani, the ministry's spokesman, made the remarks in response to reporters' questions about the US comments on the issue of prisoners, according to the ministry's website. By implementing this agreement, […]

Australia looks to foreign workers to help ease labor shortage

Construction workers in the central business district of Sydney, Australia on Oct 7, 2021. (MARK BAKER / AP) SYDNEY – Australia's peak union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, has joined calls to increase the nation's cap on overseas workers to help address widespread labor shortages, a problem drawing attention across industry and government. […]

Iran warns US against using ‘language of threat’

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint presser with his Syrian counterpart, in the Syrian capital Damascus on July 2, 2022. (LOUAI BESHARA / AFP) TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Saturday warned Washington against using "language of threat" against the Islamic republic. "History ought to have taught the United States […]

DPRK regrets UN chief’s support for its denuclearization

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres talks with ROK Foreign Minister Park Jin during their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on Aug 12, 2022. (JEON HEON-KYUN / POOL / AFP) SEOUL – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s foreign ministry on Sunday criticized the United Nations Secretary-General's recent comment on his supports for the DPRK's […]

Thailand, M’sia boost trade, digital economy collaboration

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah (left) Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai attend a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 10, 2022. (SAKCHAI LALIT / AP) BANGKOK – Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai and his Malaysian counterpart Saifuddin Abdullah on Wednesday announced that their countries will strengthen cooperation in areas such as trade and digital economy. […]

Some 30 documents adopted as 55th ASEAN meetings conclude

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn speaks during a press conference at the 55th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Phnom Penh on Aug 6, 2022. (TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP) PHNOM PENH – The 55th ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Foreign Ministers' Meeting and related meetings have successfully concluded, adopting some 30 documents on regional cooperation, […]

55th ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting kicks off in Cambodia

(From left to right) Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Philippines Foreign Affairs acting Undersecretary Theresa Lazaro, Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, Vietnam Foreign Minister But Thanh Son, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Peak Sokhonn, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Brunei Second Minister of Foreign Affairs Erywan Yusof, […]

ASEAN keeps firm focus on recovery

Economic priorities expected to draw attention when foreign chiefs meet Delegates pose at the ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Feb 17. They reiterated commitment to ensuring the full and effective implementation of the RCEP. (SOVANNARA / XINHUA) Efforts to promote sustainable development as part of Southeast Asia's recovery from the pandemic […]

Japan’s PM meets S. Korean Foreign Minister on bilateral ties

This combo picture shows South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio. Kishida (PHOTOS / AP) TOKYO/SEOUL – South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin said on Tuesday that he delivered a verbal message from President Yoon Suk-yeol to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, expressing the willingness to improve relations with Japan […]

Iranian foreign minister urges US to stop excessive demands

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a press conference with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran, June 25, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Monday night called on the White House […]

Iran welcomes Iraq’s role in promoting regional dialogue

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian gives a press conference after his meeting his Iraqi counterpart at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran on April 13, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has welcomed Iraq's efforts in promoting regional dialogue aimed at enhancing security and stability, according to […]

US economy in risky quandary

(SHI YU / CHINA DAILY) Back in 2004, everyone started talking about global imbalances. With the United States' current account deficit at an alarming 5.3 percent of GDP, it was feared that the country's net foreign-debt-to-GDP ratio would climb to the point that foreign investors would demand a higher risk premium on dollar-denominated assets. The […]

Marcos names career diplomat as Philippine new foreign secretary

President-elect Ferdinand 'Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (4th from left) poses beside (from left) Senator Imee Marcos, Senate President Vicente Sotto III, Imelda Marcos, House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, Irene Marcos, Maria Louise Marcos and House Majority leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, during his proclamation ceremony at the House of Representatives, Quezon City, Philippines on May 25, 2022. […]