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Pakistan’s new envoy to US leaves for Washington to assume office

WASHINGTON: Pakistan's ambassador-designate to the United States (US) Ali Jahangir Siddiqui is expected to arrive in the US on May 28 and will take charge as new Pakistani envoy to the US on May 29 (Tuesday), ARY News reported.  Jahangir is traveling to Washington along with his family on his new diplomatic passport. The new US ambassador has also been summoned by the National Accountability Court (NAB) in a corruption case involving embezzlement of Rs55 billion. It is pertinent to mention here that Ali Jahangir is…

North Korea ‘months away’ from ability to hit US with nuclear weapon: US envoy

GENEVA: North Korea is only months away from obtaining the capability to hit US territory with a nuclear weapon and must be disarmed, a US envoy said on Tuesday, dismissing Pyonyang’s diplomatic thaw with South Korea as a “charm offensive” that fooled no one. In a diplomatic showdown at a UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament, North Korea responded by blaming Washington for escalating confrontation, saying it was deploying nuclear assets including aircraft carriers near the divided peninsula and was considering a…

US envoy says ‘real dialogue’ needed with North Korea

BANGKOK: The top US envoy for North Korea said Friday that "real dialogue" is needed to gauge what Pyongyang wants from its accelerated drive towards nuclear weapons statehood. Joseph Yun's comments came after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson created a stir by appearing to open a door to direct talks with the North without preconditions -– a major policy shift that the White House swiftly rowed back on. "It's very hard to discern what their intent is without, as I said, having a real dialogue," Yun, the US Special…

US ends post of special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States has reportedly eliminated the position of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Washington's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan stepped down on Friday. A senior State Department official said that acting special representative Laurel Miller left the post without a replacement being named. The move comes as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is conducting a broad review of the State Department's organisational structure to streamline reporting channels, and potentially…

Sudan summons US envoy to protest new Trump travel ban

KHARTOUM: Sudan summoned on Thursday US charge d'affaires Steven Koutsis to protest President Donald Trump's revised travel ban which bars its citizens from entering the United States. "The US charge d'affaires was informed of Sudan's discontent over the decisions issued by the American adminstration on March 6," the foreign ministry said. "The Sudanese under-secretary informed him that this order failed to reflect Sudan's major cooperation in fighting terrorism." Koutsis is the most senior diplomat at the US embassy in…

US envoy calls on COAS, Interior Minster

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan separately called on US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James F. Dobbins on Monday, ARY News reported.