Around the world on 30 November 2020
Iran has suggested that it will not escalate regional tensions after its chief nuclear scientist was assassinated at the weekend, Bloomberg reports. In a sign that the government wants to leave the door open to negotiations with the incoming Biden administration, a government spokesperson said that Tehran “shouldn’t fall into the trap of linking the assassination to past nuclear negotiations,” while Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was “unnecessary” to carry Trump-era tensions into the new administration.
IN DIPLOMACY: Tech and vocational education could get new funding under an EUR 80 mn “debt-for development” swap agreement with Germany that’s now being discussed, according to a cabinet statement. The first two tranches of the EUR 240 mn agreement went toward projects in education, clean water, energy, and infrastructure.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi spoke by phone with Jordan’s King Adallah yesterday, an Ittihadiya statement said. Regional peace initiatives and bilateral ties were on the agenda.
- Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry had separate talks yesterday EBRD regional boss Heike Harmgart and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday.
- Minister of Military Production Mohamed A. Morsi toured military factories on Sunday with his Iraqi counterpart Jumah Saadoun in the latest example of how we’re cozying up with Iraq.