Wednesday , 19 September 2018

Foreign Affairs

India unhappy with Pakistan’s ambassador to US

India unhappy with Pakistan's ambassador to US

It seems that Indians are unhappy with the efforts of Pakistani Ambassador to the US Ali Jehangir Siddiqui for improving Pakistan’s relationship with the United States. Recently, a powerful Jewish American group’s chairman supported Pakistan’s position on closer defence cooperation, sales of armaments as it also recognised Pakistan’s great sacrifices in the war on terror. This happened after Ali Jehangir …

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First foreign visit by PM Khan to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is all set to  head to Saudi Arabia today (Tuesday) for his first foreign visit since coming to power, a trip that will strengthen the ties between two countries. Prime Minister’s  two-day trip to Riyadh  begins exactly one month after he assumed office, which, according to  Pakistan’s foreign  office statement, was arranged   on the invitation …

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Detained Saudi billionaire’s assets to be auctioned

Etqaan Alliance, the consortium appointed late last year by a three-judge tribunal to resolve Saad’s debt dispute, will sell the assets over five months at auctions in the Eastern Province, Riyadh and Jeddah. Saudi Arabia will auction real estate owned by indebted billionaire Maan al-Sanea and his company starting next month to help repay billions of riyals due to creditors, …

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China claims its “educating” Muslims, not mistreating them

China is not mistreating Muslims in Xinjiang province but is putting some people through trainingcourses to avoid spreading of extremism, unlike Europe which had failed to deal with the problem, a Chinese official told reporters on Thursday. Reports of mass detentions of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in China’s far-western region have prompted a growing international outcry, prompting the Trump administration …

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CPEC is Pakistan’s big hope… don’t damage it with careless statements

CPEC is Pakistan's big hope... don't damage it with careless statements

Attempts to project the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in a negative light or caste aspersions on it that it is a new way of colonising countries like Pakistan are nothing new. Neither are they surprising. The chatter about ‘Chinese debt trap through exorbitant projects’ often resonates at diplomatic and official functions. Increasing presence of Chinese nationals across Pakistan, too, …

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Pakistan assures China of full implementation of CPEC

CPEC is definitely NOT a "Game Over"

Pakistani leadership has conveyed to Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi that China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was a national priority for the government, Foreign Office Monday said. “Pakistan remains committed to the successful implementation of CPEC,” the Foreign Office statement said on the completion of Chinese minister’s visit to Pakistan. Wang Yi paid an official visit to …

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CPEC expansion on the cards

Pakistan and China on Sunday agreed to formally invite “third-country” investors to be part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and add social sector and regional development schemes to the existing portfolio of CPEC projects. The understanding on addition of “two major dimensions” to the CPEC projects came about at a long meeting between the Planning, Development and Reforms …

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Pompeo hopes for cooperation from Pakistan

Pompeo hopes for cooperation from Pakistan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday evening it was time “to begin to deliver on our joint commitments” after having had discussions and agreements in the past that were not implemented upon. Pompeo was speaking to journalists alongside General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and State Department spokesperson Heath Nauert, just before departing …

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Khalilzad to become US advisor for Afghanistan

Ex-Ambassador Khalilzad to become US adviser on Afghanistan Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will join the State Department as an adviser on Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday as he headed to Pakistan to discuss Islamabad’s role in helping to end the Afghan conflict. “Ambassador Khalilzad is going to join the State Department team …

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