Anadolu Agency Morning Briefing – July 21, 2022

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ANKARA

Anadolu Agency is here with an overview of the latest developments in the world.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the United States to withdraw its forces from areas of Syria east of the Euphrates as part of the Astana peace process for Syria.

“Turkey also expects it because it is America that feeds the terrorist groups there,” Erdogan told reporters, referring to the YPG/PKK terrorist group, with which the United States has partnered. under the guise of fighting Daesh/ISIS terrorists.

Erdogan marked the 48th anniversary of the 1974 Cyprus peace operation, which proved instrumental in saving Turkish Cypriots from a campaign of ethnic violence by Greek Cypriot groups.

Referring to an attack on the province of Duhok in northern Iraq, Türkiye asked Iraqi government officials not to make statements under the influence of the rhetoric and propaganda of the terrorist organization PKK .

“We urge Iraqi government officials…to cooperate to shed light on the true perpetrators of this tragic incident,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov discussed bilateral relations by phone and exchanged views on the latest developments in the South Caucasus region.

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay revealed that Türkiye’s fourth drillship, the Abdulhamid Han, will launch operations in the Mediterranean in August.

Claiming that climate change is a major contemporary threat, US President Joe Biden announced new executive measures to combat it, but refrained from declaring a climate emergency.

The White House has clarified US President Joe Biden’s apparent claim that he has cancer, saying he was referring to a diagnosis of skin cancer he received before becoming president that had been corrected.

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley claimed that Russia had failed to achieve its main objectives in Ukraine’s Donbass region, but had achieved “incremental tactical successes”.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is set to step down after a crucial confidence motion for the survival of his coalition government failed to garner enough support in the Senate as three main parties – the League, Forza Italia and the Movement 5 stars – skipped voting. .

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said coronavirus cases had doubled in six weeks and reports of monkeypox had climbed to nearly 14,000 in 70 countries in 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that the West has taken a leading position in the world largely by “stealing from other nations” and that it cannot offer its own model for the future.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has argued that the West’s delivery of long-range weapons to Ukraine will expand the geographical tasks of the Russian military’s “special operation” beyond the eastern regions of Ukraine.

A “new era” in which only truly sovereign states can display high growth momentum is coming in world history, he added.

The Chinese military has doubled down on its accusations that the United States is disrupting peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait after a US warship recently sailed through the area.

Greece’s population has shrunk by 3.5% over the past decade, from 10,815,197 to 10,432,481, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

The Lithuanian parliament has ratified the membership of Sweden and Finland in NATO.

Tory MP Penny Mordaunt has been knocked out of the Tory leadership race, leaving former Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and current Foreign Secretary Liz Truss in the running to become Britain’s next prime minister.

Sri Lanka’s interim president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been elected the country’s new president as the country grapples with its worst financial crisis.

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