Former King of Afghanistan Zahir Shah met a papal delegation at his villa in Rome last night. Vatican Secretary for Relations with States Jean-Louis Tauran and Archbishop Paolo Romeo, the apostolic nuncio in Italy, attended the meeting. No details of the meeting, held on the eve of the inter-Afghan peace conference in Bonn, have been given. However, as is well-known, the Pope is interested in the establishment of a stable multi-ethnic state in Afghanistan. The Roman-Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II have spoken out in favour of establishing peace in the region and the need to help Afghan refugees. The ex-king who is 86 years old will not take part in the Bonn conference on Afghanistan, but a delegation of his supporters, including one woman, will participate in it.
The Russian Defence Ministry acknowledged that the Americans treat Russian military men in Syria with respect. The Americans always warn Russia accordingly, but not Israel
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities