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‘Renewed pledge’: China, Pakistan agree to accelerate CPEC

BEIJING: China and Pakistan on Monday reaffirmed their resolve to strengthen bilateral ties in all field and China will continue its support to Pakistan, while both countries agreed to accelerate China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to Pakistan was mainly aimed to renew friendship, promote mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas and elevate the China-Pakistan all-weather strategic cooperative partnership to a new high.…

Foreign ministry given ultimatum to respond in Ali Jahangir’s appointment case

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) has given a last chance to the foreign ministry of Pakistan to submit its response on appointing Ali Jahangir Siddiqui as the Pakistani envoy to the United States.  The LHC was hearing the case against the appointment of Ali Jahangir as the ambassador to the US and took the female protocol officer of foreign ministry to task for not complying with court's order of submitting a rejoinder on Ali's hiring from the ministry. The high court warned if response is not submitted by the next…

Iranian foreign minister in Islamabad to hold talks with Pakistani leadership

ISLAMABAD: Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in the federal capital last night on a three-day visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership.  He was warmly welcomed by senior officials of Foreign Ministry at Islamabad Airport. Zarif is scheduled to meet with President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other dignitaries. Zarif will also hold meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. He will leave for Karachi on March 13 from where he will return to Tehran.…

Trump’s Jerusalem move undermines US role as ‘honest’ peace broker: Khawaja Asif

ISTANBUL: Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said the move to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel undermines the United States as an honest peace broker while representing Pakistan in a summit of foreign ministers at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Leaders from several Muslim countries are participating in the OIC summit in Istanbul to give a coordinated response to US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi flayed by Foreign Minister Khawaja…

PM Abbasi chairs concluding session of three-day envoys’ conference

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday is chairing concluding session of three-day Pakistani envoys conference. The conference has been held to deliberate over the regional and global dimensions of Pakistan’s foreign policy with focus to tense diplomatic ties with the United States in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s Afghan strategy and criticism of Pakistan for allegedly housing terrorists. Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif are also present at the…

Syria talks delayed due to ‘technical reasons’: Kazakhstan

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN: Kazakhstan said Wednesday a new round of Astana talks on the Syria conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran scheduled to begin February 15 would be delayed by a day due to unexplained "technical reasons". "The negotiations have been moved to February 16 for technical reasons," a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs told AFP by telephone without elaboration. A subsequent statement from the foreign ministry said the talks would begin at 0600 GMT on Thursday. The "closed format"…