Daily Memo: US Delays, Jihadist Mergers, Good News in Pakistan

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GPF Staff |November 7, 2018

U.S. kicks the can down the road? Several of the United States’ most pressing foreign affairs appear to have been paused. The U.S. State Department said it has postponed a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – an only somewhat unexpected announcement, considering momentum on the issue had stalled in recent weeks. Elsewhere, President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an upcoming Armistice Day celebration in Paris. (Washington recently issued additional sanctions on Moscow, and Russia accused Israel of destabilizing the Middle East earlier this week.) The White House also has yet to set a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit despite suggesting it would – and despite China’s very public interest in reaching an agreement with the U.S. Don’t read too much into the delay

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