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Exclusive-Citgo boards in last-ditch talks with Washington to keep creditors at bay

Oct 22 2021

HOUSTON/WASHINGTON The supervisory boards of Venezuela-owned Citgo Petroleum, racing to stave off a breakup of the eighth largest U.S. oil refiner, have held talks with U.S. officials in Bogota, Colombia, seeking to extend Washington's protection while Citgo pursues negotiations with creditors, Reuters has learned.

U.S. reviews sanctions policy, warns of threat from cryptocurrencies

Oct 18 2021

WASHINGTON President Joe Biden's administration on Monday announced a set of recommendations to revamp its use of economic sanctions to make them a more effective tool of U.S. foreign policy but warned that more had to be done to protect against the threat posed by the rise of cryptocurrencies.

U.S. will move forward with reopening its Palestinian mission in Jerusalem -Blinken

Oct 13 2021

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday the Biden administration intends to press ahead with its plan to reopen the Jerusalem consulate that traditionally engaged with Palestinians, despite Israeli opposition to such a move.

U.S. still committed to Iran diplomacy but has options if it fails -Biden aide

Oct 05 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden's national security adviser told his Israeli counterpart on Tuesday that diplomacy is the best way to rein in Iran's nuclear program even as he reaffirmed Biden's warning to Tehran that Washington could turn to other options if negotiations fail.

Israeli PM says Iran has crossed nuclear 'red lines'; Tehran calls it 'full of lies'

Sep 27 2021

NEW YORK (Reuters) -Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that Iran had crossed "all red lines" in its nuclear program and vowed that Israel would not allow Tehran to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Exclusive-Under U.S. sanctions, Iran and Venezuela strike oil export deal - sources

Sep 25 2021

CARACAS/HOUSTON/WASHINGTON Venezuela has agreed to a key contract to swap its heavy oil for Iranian condensate that it can use to improve the quality of its tar-like crude, with the first cargoes due this week, five people close to the deal said.

Blinken: U.S. will help foster further Israeli ties with Arab states

Sep 17 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pledged on Friday to encourage more Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel as he hosted a virtual meeting with Israeli and Arab counterparts to mark the first anniversary of a set of landmark diplomatic agreements.

Blinken to host event marking anniversary of Israel-Arab normalization deals

Sep 14 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host a virtual meeting on Friday with his counterparts from Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco to mark the first anniversary of normalization agreements between the Arab countries and Israel, officials said.

Biden picks Wolosky to help coordinate resettlement of Afghan refugees

Sep 08 2021

WASHINGTON U.S. President Joe Biden has picked veteran diplomat Lee Wolosky to help coordinate the resettlement of refugees from the war in Afghanistan, an administration official said on Wednesday.

Biden to Israeli PM: U.S. has options if Iran nuclear diplomacy fails

Aug 27 2021

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in White House talks on Friday that he was putting "diplomacy first" to try to rein in Iran's nuclear program but that if negotiations fail he would be prepared to turn to other unspecified options. | Video

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