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Pakistan-France relations expanding in all sectors: envoy

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ambassador to France Moin-ul-Haq has said that bilateral relations of Pakistan and France were improving in all sectors. While briefing a 10-member delegation of 109th National Management Course of Pakistan at the Pakistan Embassy in Paris, Moin-ul-Haq said the two countries enjoyed close and mutually beneficial relations in the fields of trade and investment, defence, education and culture. He also briefed the delegation about public diplomacy initiative of the embassy to promote soft image of…

Pakistan values its relations with European Union: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhary on Monday said Pakistan gave much importance to its relations with European Union. Talking to Ambassador of European Union in Islamabad Jean-François Cautain, he said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would move forward with the objectives of development, human rights and rule of law in the country. Fawad said the government believed that freedom of expression was constitutional and basic right and Pakistani media had unprecedented freedom of…

Saudi, UAE envoys calls on information minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said Pak-Saudi ties are rooted in common faith and shared aspirations of people. Speaking to Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki on Tuesday, the federal minister said Pakistan has always valued its cordial and friendly relations with the brotherly country. He said the recent visit of Saudi Minister for Culture and Information Dr Awad Bin Saleh Al-Awad to Pakistan has further strengthened bilateral ties. The Saudi…

Through building mutual trust, Pak-US relations can grow better: Senator Mushahid

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has observed that with uncertainties removed from both sides, Pakistan US relations can continue to grow better. "There is a ‘glimmer of hope’ in US-Pak Relations and with cautious optimism on both sides, things will get better," he said during a public hearing held by the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on ‘Pakistan-American Relations: After Foreign Minister’s Washington Visit’ here at the Pakistan Institute of…

Tensions do exist in Pakistan-US ties: US State Dept

WASHINGTON: US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert says that a state of tension exist in the ties between Pakistan and the United States. During a department press briefing in Washington, Nauert maintained that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had some meaningful and important meetings with the new government of Pakistan. “The US is looking forward to forging a relationship with that new government, recognizing that there are, of course, some tensions and some areas where we – or the government can work…

Pakistan to promote relations with US on mutual trust, respect: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said Pakistan would promote relations with the United States based on mutual trust, respect and dignity.     "Pakistan-US relations were at standstill when the new government came to power as the previous government did nothing to improve them," he said while talking to media in Islamabad.  He said the country has rendered huge human and financial sacrifices for peace and security in the region. "We want to cleanse the region of terrorism." Shah Mahmood…

Bilateral relations between Pakistan, US to be improved: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Tuesday said bilateral relations between Pakistan and United States will be improved while protecting the national interests. Speaking at the floor of the Senate here, he said United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Pakistan on September 5. Referring to the telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, he said the press release issued by US State Department was contrary to facts. He said the…

Turkey, US relations can be saved, presidential spokesman says

ISTANBUL: Turkey and the United States can save their relationship, President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Saturday after President Donald Trump threatened to slap sanctions on Ankara in a deepening of tensions between the NATO partners. The two countries are at odds over a number of issues including Washington’s policy in Syria, Ankara’s quest for the extradition of a Muslim cleric blamed for failed coup in 2016 and Washington’s concerns about US citizens and embassy staff detained in Turkey. “The relationship…

Pakistan doing ‘bare minimum’ to help US: Trump official

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is doing the "bare minimum" to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups, a senior US administration official said Friday, despite Washington's threat to freeze two billion dollars' worth of aid. The official's comments also come as Pakistan is trying to avoid being put on a global watch list over terrorism financing that could hamper its ability to receive foreign investment. "The Pakistanis have wanted to appear responsive" the official said on condition of anonymity, sketching out the need for…

PM Abbasi, King of Jordan discuss bilateral relations, issues of mutual interest

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minster Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday received the King of Jordan Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein and discussed a range of issues and bilateral relations. The dignitaries agreed to increase focus on enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations, and to make the bilateral trade currently at 75 million dollars commensurate with the excellent existing political ties between the two countries. The meeting was followed by delegation level talks between the two sides which reviewed the entire gamut of…