US ‘confident’ NATO expansion issues will be resolved | Russia-Ukraine war News

Turkey has opposed NATO membership bids by Sweden and Finland, however US says considerations could be addressed.

US President Joe Biden has mentioned the bids by Sweden and Finland to affix NATO would achieve success, regardless of objections raised by Turkey to their purposes.

“I believe we’re going to be OK,” Biden mentioned on Wednesday in response to a reporter’s query on how he would persuade Ankara to drop its opposition.

Turkey has accused Sweden and Finland of harbouring “terrorists”, whereas additionally criticising Stockholm for suspending weapons gross sales to Ankara in 2019 over its involvement within the warfare in Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier urged the nation’s NATO allies to “respect” its considerations in regards to the European nations’ effort to affix the US-led navy alliance, which was prompted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“Our solely expectation from NATO allies is … to first perceive our sensitivity, respect and eventually assist it,” Erdogan instructed his AK occasion’s legislators in parliament.

Finland and Sweden formally submitted their purposes for NATO membership on Wednesday, mentioned Jens Stoltenberg, who heads the alliance. “This can be a good day at a vital time for our safety,” he wrote on Twitter.

However NATO envoys assembly in Brussels failed to achieve a consensus on whether or not to begin membership talks, diplomats mentioned, amid Turkey’s objections. The purposes have to be weighed by NATO’s 30 member nations in a course of that’s anticipated to take about two weeks.

In the meantime, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was assembly his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu at United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday afternoon.

Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey, reporting from the UN, mentioned “the NATO membership growth is on the high of the agenda.”

Saloomey mentioned Cavusoglu instructed reporters forward of the assembly that “Turkey understands that Sweden and Finland have safety considerations because of Russia’s place in Ukraine, however Turkey additionally has safety considerations that have to be addressed.”

For his half, Blinken mentioned he was assured that the 2 nations might work by means of their variations, she added.

“The indication from sources right here is that Turkey will not be against NATO growth per se, if these safety considerations are actually addressed,” Saloomey mentioned.

After the assembly, the Turkish international minister instructed reporters that Blinken mentioned throughout their talks that obligatory messages shall be given relating to Turkey’s safety considerations.

Talking to reporters earlier within the day in Washington, DC, US Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan mentioned the Biden administration stays “assured” that the problems could be resolved.

“We’re assured that on the finish of the day Finland and Sweden” will enter NATO and “that Turkey’s considerations could be addressed”, Sullivan mentioned from the White Home. “We really feel excellent about the place this may monitor to,” he mentioned.

“I anticipate that NATO will converse with one voice in assist of Finland and Sweden on the finish of the day.”

If the objections are overcome, and accession talks go in addition to anticipated, Sweden and Finland might grow to be members inside a couple of months. The method often takes eight to 12 months, however NATO desires to maneuver shortly.

Sri Lanka: How can the crisis be resolved? | TV News

On Thursday, Might 12 at 19:30GMT:
Sri Lanka:

The political disaster in Sri Lanka took a violent flip this week following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. The clashes are believed to have began when pro-government teams attacked an anti-government protest website within the capital, Colombo. Town stays underneath curfew.

The prime minister’s exit nonetheless leaves his brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, as president, and that continues to spark public anger. The president has outlined broad powers for the navy and police to detain and query folks with out arrest warrants. Native authorities report some 217 folks have been injured and not less than 9 folks have died to date.

Sri Lanka can also be battling its worst financial disaster in historical past following the pandemic that hit tourism earnings, leaving the federal government grappling with rising oil costs and the impression of tax cuts.

We’ll focus on the newest from Sri Lanka.

The UN youngsters’s company, UNICEF, warns that 12.3 million Syrian youngsters are in want of support each contained in the nation, and within the wider area the place they’ve fled for the reason that struggle started. UNICEF has obtained lower than half of its funding necessities for this 12 months.

This comes as worldwide donors held a sixth pledging convention in Brussels earlier within the week. “World public opinion appears not to have the ability to cope with a couple of disaster on the time,” European Union international coverage chief Josep Borrell stated as he opened the occasion. He famous “a sure fatigue” amongst donors saying, “Now it’s Ukraine within the headlines. However don’t hand over on Syria.”

Syria’s struggle is estimated to have killed half one million folks and displaced tens of millions because it started with a crackdown on anti-government protests in 2011.

We’ll focus on the impression on Syrian youngsters and ask how donor fatigue could be combated.

The Taliban is as soon as once more requiring ladies to be lined up head to toe and letting them solely go outside within the firm of a male chaperone.

However in a primary, punishment for not complying was additionally detailed: Male guardians of offending ladies will obtain a warning, and for repeated offences they are going to be imprisoned for 3 days.

This decree comes because the nation faces the worst humanitarian and financial catastrophe in many years, and tens of millions face starvation and unemployment. The Worldwide Labor Group says there will probably be an estimated 900,000 job losses by June this 12 months, with ladies hit the toughest.

We’ll focus on the continuing roll again of women’ and womens’ rights in Afghanistan and ask how Afghan ladies’s rights activists are preventing again.

On this episode of The Stream, we communicate with:
Minelle Fernandez
Correspondent, Al Jazeera English

Juliette Touma,  @JulietteTouma 
Regional Chief of Advocacy & Communications
UNICEF Center East and North Africa

Pashtana Durrani, @BarakPashtana | @LEARNAFg
Director, LEARN Afghanistan