Israel, US Cooperation
The Israeli army chief, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, on Wednesday hailed “unprecedented” cooperation with the US. Kohavi wrapped up a US visit on Wednesday focused on preventing Tehran from obtaining military nuclear capabilities. Talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal continue between Tehran and world powers in Vienna.
Libya Berlin Talks
Libya’s Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush said on Wednesday international powers had made progress during talks in Berlin on the removal of foreign mercenaries from the country. The meeting in Berlin is aimed at making progress on removing foreign forces from Libya, although the conference did not specify any concrete new measures.
International Pressure on Russia
The UN and several countries pressured Russia on Wednesday to leave Syrian cross-border access open, through which humanitarian aid reaches Syria's Idlib region. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said a failure to extend the border crossing authorization would have devastating consequences.
'Delta Plus' Variant Detected
India has detected 40 cases of a new coronavirus variant, now called Delta Plus. The Indian government has classified it as a variant of concern. Its genetic sequence suggests it might be more transmissible than the original Delta variant.