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US ambassador to meet finance minister, foreign ministry officials today

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has said US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Ambassador Alice Wells will visit Pakistan on Tuesday. FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said she would hold meetings with the senior officials of the foreign ministry to follow up on discussions held between Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in September and October. "US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Alice…

Pakistan’s foreign policy fully cognizant of emergent realities: Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Wednesday said Pakistan has never compromised on its core interests and always responded to the emerging changes in the international environment in line with its national interests. The foreign advisor made the statement as the Senate winded up discussion on a motion moved by thirty senators regarding implication of the statement of the Chairman U.S. Armed Services Committee Senator John McCain in Kabul soon after his visit to Pakistan. Sartaj…

Aziz expresses condolences with Germany over Berlin attack

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has written a letter addressed to the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to express his condolences over the attack at a  Christmas market in Berlin. The Adviser expressed his profound sadness at the terrorist incident, and conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and friends of the victims who have to undergo pain and suffering at a festive time. Mr. Aziz also condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and…

Sartaj Aziz to attend ‘Manama Dialogue’ in Bahrain

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will on Saturday visit Bahrain on a two-day visit to attend 'The Manama Dialogue'. The Manama Dialogue is being organised jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, and a British think-tank the International Institute of Strategic Studies. The Crown Prince of Bahrain Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa will inaugurate the event. It will be attended by ministers from several important countries, leading international opinion makers,…

‘NSG membership necessary for Pakistan’s access to nuclear technology’

ISLAMABAD: The membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is imperative for Pakistan’s recognition as a responsible nuclear state and access to sophisticated nuclear technology. This was stated by Director General Disarmament at the Foreign Office Kamran Akhtar during the consultative meeting and informal plenary session being held in Vienna for deliberations on the membership of non-NPT countries. The meetings are unlikely to end the stalemate on the issue of non-NPT states as several NSG members are insisting to…

CPEC has potential to bring SCO closer: Sartaj Aziz

BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN: Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Thursday underlined that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has the potential to serve as a vital link that would bring the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) a step close to achieve its vision of peace, security and economic integration in the region and beyond. Aziz, while commenting during the 15th Heads of Government’s Council of the SCO, underlined the importance of regional connectivity for peace, stability and economic progress. He stated…