Jun 182017
Mamnoon meets Saudi king, discusses bilateral ties

President Mamoon Hussain held a meeting with Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud to discuss bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday.The two leaders spoke about the situation in South Asia and Middle East, the daily reported.While in Jeddah, Hussain also met with the president of Yemen, Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi, and Speaker of the National Assembly of Kuwait Marzooq bin Ali Al-Ghanim, and discussed matters of mutual interest.Hussain returned home after performing Umrah and was seen off at the airport by Governor Jeddah Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdulaziz.The president's meeting with the Saudi monarch comes days in the backdrop of a deepening diplomatic rift in the Middle East, days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif held talks with King Salman during a one-day trip to the Kingdom.Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia, backed by United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Maldives cut off all trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the country of sponsoring terrorism.The deepening crisis in the region has been touted as the biggest in the Middle East and has led Pakistan, along with countries around the world, into coming up with a suitable strategy to end the conflict. In its initial response to the crisis, Pakistan had stressed the need for unity in the Muslim world and urged the countries involved to engage in dialogue.However, there are worries that Pakistan would not be able to maintain its neutrality in the conflict for long.During their meeting, King Salman told Sharif [Read More…]

Jun 182017

President Mamnoon Hussain called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Makkah on Sunday. Both the leaders discussed matter pertaining to bilateral relations and mutual interests with a special emphasis on the emerging situation in the Middle East and South Asia, according to Radio Pakistan. The president lauded efforts of the Saudi government for excellent arrangements for the Umrah pilgrims during Ramazan. Pakistan’s role in the GCC conflict President Mamnoon also held meetings with his Yemeni counterpart Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and Kuwait’s national assembly speaker Marzouq bin Ali Al-Ghanim during his visit to Saudi Arabia. Later, the president left for home after performing Umrah. Jeddah Governor Mishaal bin Majid bin Abdulaziz saw him off at the airport. The post President Mamnoon meets Saudi King Salman in Makkah appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 182017

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has left for Saudi Arabia on a private visit, Radio Pakistan reported on Sunday. He will perform Umrah during the last days of Ramazan and also offer prayers in Masjid-e-Nabvi. He is travelling on a commercial flight along with his family members. President Mamnoon meets Saudi King Salman in Makkah Moreover, President Mamnoon Hussain is also in the oil-rich kingdom and met King Salman bin Abdulaziz in Makkah. Both the leaders discussed matter pertaining to bilateral relations and mutual interests with a special emphasis on the emerging situation in the Middle East and South Asia. The post PM Nawaz leaves for Saudi Arabia with family members appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Jun 132017

DOHA: The US ambassador to Qatar said on Tuesday she is leaving her post in Doha, in the midst of the worst diplomatic crisis involving America’s Gulf allies in years. “This month, I end my 3 years as US Ambassador to #Qatar. It has been the greatest honour of my life and I’ll miss this great country,” Dana Shell Smith said on Twitter on Tuesday. 1/2 This month, I end my 3 years as U.S. Ambassador to #Qatar. It has been the greatest honor of my life and I'll miss this great country. — Dana Shell Smith (@AmbDana) June 13, 2017 Shell Smith did not say why she was stepping down, if she was staying within the diplomatic service or who would replace her. Many US ambassadors leave their posts after serving around three years. Her departure comes with Washington sending mixed signals over the Gulf crisis, which saw Saudi Arabia and several of its allies cut ties with Qatar claiming that Doha supported extremist groups. Qatar strongly rejects the allegations. US President Donald Trump has signalled his support for the Saudi-led move but other US officials have been more cautious and called for dialogue to end the crisis. PM, army chief meet Saudi King Shell Smith was appointed ambassador to the Gulf emirate by Barack Obama in 2014. Last month she appeared to express dissatisfaction with political events back home in another message posted on social media. She took to Twitter in the hours after Trump’s dramatic sacking of FBI [Read More…]

May 222017

TEHRAN: Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to “dangerous terrorists” in the Middle East and of spreading ‘Iranophobia’ aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported. “Once again, by his repetitive and baseless claims about Iran, the American president … tried to encourage the countries of the region to purchase more arms by spreading Iranophobia,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson  Bahram Qassemi said, a day after US President Donald Trump ended a visit to Tehran’s arch-foe Saudi Arabia where arms deals worth almost US$110 billion were signed. Iran’s Zarif urges Trump to discuss avoiding another 9/11 with Saudis Sending a tough message to Tehran shortly after Hassan Rouhani was re-elected president, Trump had urged Arab and Islamic leaders to unite to defeat militants, and said Iran had for decades “fuelled the fires of sectarian conflict and terrors”. Saudi Arabia and Iran compete for influence across the Middle East, respectively backing rival political or armed groups in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. Iran denies Saudi accusations that it sends financial and sometimes military support to groups hostile to Riyadh. Qassemi said Washington was “reinvigorating terrorists in the region by its hostile policies” and “should stop selling arms to dangerous terrorists”. He said the United States and its allies “should know that Iran is a democratic, stable and powerful country” and that it promoted “peace, good neighbourliness, and the creation of a world opposed to violence and extremism”. Trump aims to mend Muslim ties on first foreign trip [Read More…]

May 022017
Trump, Putin discuss Syria, North Korea, Middle East in phone call

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed working together to end the violence in Syria on Tuesday in their first phone call since US air strikes in Syria strained US-Russian relations.The White House said the two leaders agreed that “all parties must do all they can to end the violence” in Syria and that Trump and Putin also discussed working together against the militants throughout the Middle East.“The conversation was a very good one, and included the discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons,” a White House statement said.Trump's decision to launch 59 cruise missiles against a Syrian airfield on April 4 in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack angered the Russians and led to some bitter exchanges between the two governments.The White House statement said Washington will send a representative to Syrian cease-fire talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Wednesday and Thursday.“They also discussed at length working together to eradicate terrorism throughout the Middle East. Finally, they spoke about how best to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea,” the statement said. Click for detailed story

Apr 092017
Corruption remains high across countries, says study

Despite high-level campaign and significant progress made against bribery and corruption across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA), EY study has shown that they remained elusive among… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Mar 282017
?Indo-Pak arms race most dangerous in world?

LAHORE: An article posted by the Eurasia Review says the world’s most dangerous arms race is between Pakistan and India, not between Moscow and Washington or in Middle East or East Asia. The… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Feb 152017

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump hailed the United States’ “unbreakable” bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon. Trump’s vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat. “With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel,” Trump said. “The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, which I’ve talked a lot about,” he said. Trump welcomes Israel’s Netanyahu for Middle East talks “One of the worst deals I’ve ever seen is the Iran deal. My administration has already imposed new sanctions on Iran, and I will do more to prevent Iran from ever developing – I mean ever – a nuclear weapon.” Trump: The Iran deal is "one of the worst deals I've ever seen" https://t.co/ZEZHdtHPdh https://t.co/kjXMiwHpno — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 15, 2017 The Iran nuclear deal was reached in July, 2015 and went into effect the next year. Under its terms Iran agreed to dismantle part of its nuclear programme, surrender enriched fuel and submit to international inspection. But critics of the agreement, including Netanyahu, have argued then when some of the terms of the deal expire in 10 and 15 years it will leave Tehran on the threshold of building a bomb. The post Trump promises Israel that Iran will [Read More…]

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