China's Defense Ministry put out a bilingual Chinese and English statement just before the ruling was made public, saying that the armed forces would "firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security and maritime interests and rights, firmly uphold regional peace and stability, and deal with all kinds of threats and challenges".
Ten days ago, Shoukry went to Ramallah, in the West Bank, to huddle more quietly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is running out of ways to confront Israel's nearly 50-year occupation and finds himself more unpopular than ever among his people, according to recent public-opinion surveys.
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Leadsom's announcement follows days of controversy around her candidature, which included allegations of exaggerating her curriculum vitae (CV) and most recently having to apologise to her rival over an interview to The Times which suggested that being a mother made her a better candidate for the job.
It has used the city as a main headquarters since. US Defense Secretary Ash Carter made the additional troop announcement during a visit to the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday, just days after after Iraqi security forces managed to seize a major airbase close to IS-held Mosul.
Kirby told reporters Wednesday that the State Department's internal "process for reviewing potential cases of mishandling of information does not apply exclusively to current employees". He added that the goal of the State Department's review would be to be as "as transparent as possible about our results, while complying with our various legal obligations".