After four years of friction with Washington under the presidency of Donald Trump, who said the alliance was obsolete, NATO’s European allies have also welcomed the change in tone under new US President Joe Biden.
The ugly verbal spat between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and top Chinese officials who met last Thursday in Anchorage, Alaska, laid bare the future of US-China relations. Most astonishing was that, propelled by Blinken, officials on both sides
“If Iran comes back into strict compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, the United States will do the same and is prepared to engage in discussions with Iran toward that end,” a joint statement from the four nations said.
Under former President Donald Trump, the United States quit the council in June 2018 but the Biden government returned as an observer earlier this month.
The list includes President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House press secretary Jen Psaki, CIA director William Burns, and – oddly, since she’s out of office – former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the sanctions on Twitter.
"When it comes to the most important element, we see eye-to-eye,” Blinken told reporters at a news conference with Israel's foreign minister. "We are both committed, both determined that Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon.”
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his counterparts, Bahrain’s Abdullatif Bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Egypt’s Sameh Shoukry, Morocco’s Nasser Bourita, Israel’s Yair Lapid and the United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken at Sde Boker,
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed and the Secretary of State discussed friendship and joint cooperation between the UAE and the United States and ways to strengthen it in various fields to achieve their mutual interests and contribute to the consolidation of security and stability in the region.
In separate calls with Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Foreign Minister Lapid, Blinken stressed "the importance of Israelis and Palestinians working to end the cycle of violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza by exercising restraint and refraining from actions that escalate tensions..."