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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Donald Trump’s first visit abroad is to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. This will be followed by Israel and the Palestinian territories. Then, he will go to the Vatican and onward to Brussels to meet NATO leaders
France has a new president. Emmanuel Macron, the youngest leader of the country since Napoleon, is now in office after being sworn in with a solemn ceremony at the Elysee Palace on Sunday. Now people in France, Europe and elsewhere in the world are wondering: Will he succeed or will he not?
After two important visits to India and Russia, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s planned destinations for next week are China on May 14-15 and the United States on May 16-17. Then he will visit Brussels to attend a NATO summit. In Brussels, a high-level meeting with the European Union is also likely.
High-level visits play an important role in international relations. When a head of state or a prime minister pays an official visit to a country, it is believed to be a significant facilitator for giving new momentum to bilateral relations
2017 will probably be remembered as the “year of change” in the history of European politics.
When U.S. President Donald Trump instructed the U.S. military to strike Syria because of its reported use of chemical weapons, Chinese President Xi Jinping was on an official visit to the U.S. Some even suggest that the two presidents were at dinner, sitting next to one another, as the U.S. tomahawks were pounding the Al-Shayrat airbase in Homs.
Last week’s developments in the Syrian quagmire raised a very important question. Is the international community finally coming to terms with the view that a new political - and perhaps military - strategy is needed to plant the roots for lasting peace in Syria?
It would be political shortsightedness not to see that a serious decline in Turkey’s relations with Europe is in the making.
Turkey’s drift from its commitment to the West and its institutions is becoming a widespread perception in Europe and the United States.
Donald Trump’s election as the new President of the United States has put many international deals at risk. Previously agreed multilateral agreements are being revised, and bilateral relations between countries are facing new challenges. Many perceive the approach of the new American president as one of the main factors of instability in international relations.
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