TURKEY/IRAQ – President Erdogan has warned that his government will begin a military operation in Sinjar unless fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) leave the area at once.
US/KOREA – The annual US/South Korea military exercises will begin on April 1st but will run for about a month – half their usual duration. They had already been delayed because of the Pyeongchang Olympics and Paralympics. The shortened duration is thought to try and help avoid a raising of tensions ahead of bi-lateral talks between South and North Korea.
ISRAEL/S. ARABIA – Last week an Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner made a historic first flight to Israel through Saudi airspace before arriving at Ben Gurion International Airport. This ended a 70-year ban on flights en route to and from Israel through Saudi airspace and suggests the two countries are edging closer together due to a shared concern over Iran.
Mon – Voting begins in Egyptian presidential election to vote President Sisi back in. 3 days.
Mon – Turkey’s President Erdogan attends a working dinner with EU officials in Varna, Bulgaria.
Mon – Start of new Brexit talks by UK, Ireland, and EU Commission on Irish border issue.
Mon – Uzbekistan hosts Afghan peace conference in Tashkent.
Tues – Spanish government to approve the 2018 budget.
Tues – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visits Moscow to see Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. 2-day trip.
Thurs – S Korean and N Korean officials expected to meet in Panmunjom to prepare for inter-Korean summit in late April.
Fri – ‘Great March of Return’ in Palestinian territories.
Sun – US and S Korean forces scheduled to begin ‘Foal Eagle’ military exercises.