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Dutch king and queen begin state visit to Britain

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth hosts the King and Queen of the Netherlands at a banquet on Tuesday for the first UK state visit by Dutch monarchy for 36 years, during which they will visit the grave of the only Dutch king of England. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were formally welcomed by the British queen with a Guard of Honor before taking a state carriage procession along the Mall in London to lunch at Buckingham Palace. In the afternoon, the Dutch royals will visit the grave of William III and Mary II…

Trump visit to Britain to be delayed until 2018: source

LONDON: US President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain is being planned for next year, a senior British government source said on Tuesday. Prime Minister Theresa May extended the invitation when she visited Washington just days after Trump's inauguration in January, but a date has yet to be set. The source said both sides had been unable to arrange a date for 2017 and were now looking for dates in 2018. There has been speculation Trump was deferring the state visit, an occasion filled with pomp that involves a…

PM Sharif to leave for Kuwait on two-day state visit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for a two-day state visit to Kuwait on Monday. According to Radio Pakistan, PM Sharif will be accompanied by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, Chairman Board of Investment Miftah Ismail and Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PM Sharif will meet the Kuwaiti leadership for a thorough review of various aspects of the bilateral ties between the two countries during the two-day visit.…

Trump visit to UK could sidestep parliament speech: report

LONDON: The thorny issue of US President Donald Trump speaking to the British parliament might be sidestepped by staging his state visit when lawmakers are not sitting, a newspaper reported on Saturday. State visits by foreign leaders typically include an address to the Houses of Parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May has invited Trump to Britain this year. However, John Bercow, the speaker of the lower House of Commons, said Monday he was "strongly opposed" to allowing Trump to address parliamentarians, citing…

PM Nawaz Sharif arrives in Azerbaijan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has arrived in Baku on three day state visit to Azerbaijan on Thursday. This is the first visit of the Prime Minister to the country. He is visiting the  Balkan country on the invitation of President Ilham Aliyev. He was received by Ali Ahmedov, Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan on arrival at Hayder Aliyev International airport in Baku. Several matters of mutual interests along with bilateral ties, economic cooperation and means of improving investment and trade will be discussed…

Belarus President Lukashenko arrives in Pakistan today

ISLAMABAD: President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko will be arriving in Pakistan on Tuesday (today) on a three-day state visit. According to Radio Pakistan, the Pakistani and Belarus leaders are likely to sign several agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) on the occasion. "A business delegation comprising of 23 members from Belarus is already in Pakistan to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities through business-to-business deals with Pakistani counterparts," state radio said. Prime Minister Nawaz…