Bilal Akbar arrives in Riyadh to assume charge as Pakistan’s envoy

ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen (retd) Bilal Akbar has arrived in Riyadh to assume his responsibilities as Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia. On Thursday, Pakistan’s ambassador-designate to Saudi Arabia Lt Gen (retd) Bilal Akbar called on President Alvi at the Aiwan-e-Sadr before

Kerry, UN envoy launch global finance plan to boost climate action

NEW YORK: UN climate envoy Mark Carney and US peer John Kerry announced a new plan to boost efforts by the financial system to help move the global economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. While many large banks, insurers

Five sentenced to life in Turkey for Russian envoy’s murder

ANKARA: A Turkish court has imposed life terms on five suspects over the 2016 murder of Russian ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara. The suspects were accused of links to the 22-year-old gunman, Mevlut Mert Altintas, who was killed by Turkish

Russian Envoy to Afghanistan calls on Gen Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: Russian Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ. During the meeting matters of mutual interest, regional security situation particularly developments in Afghan Peace Process were discussed. According

Biden appoints new Iran envoy for nuclear negotiations

WASHINGTON: The new US administration has named Rob Malley, an architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as its special envoy to resume talks with Tehran. Secretary of State Antony Blinken “is building a dedicated team, drawing from clear-eyed

US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to reach Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will reach Islamabad on Monday to hold talks with Pakistani officials over the Afghan peace process. Khalilzad is expected to hold important meetings with the top political and military leadership

US special envoy to Iran Brian Hook steps down

WASHINGTON: United States special representative to Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will take an additional role, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Hook’s departure comes as the United Nations Security Council prepares to

Diplomat Sadiq appointed as special envoy to Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Diplomat Mohammad Sadiq has been appointed as Pakistan’s special envoy to Afghanistan. In his meeting with the seasoned diplomat, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan was indispensable for construction and development

NDMA chairman, Japanese envoy discuss coronavirus situation

ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal has said that Japan has always provided support and solace to Pakistan in times of distress and crisis. During a meeting with Ambassador of Japan in Pakistan Mr Kuninori

China to assist Pakistan in combating locusts

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of China Mr Yao Jing on Tuesday called on Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar and discussed a range of issues. The federal minister apprised the ambassador about the requirement of pesticides and

President urges Pakistani envoys to truly highlight Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday urged the Pakistani high commissioners and ambassadors to truly highlight the Kashmir dispute and the Indian oppression. He was talking to ambassador-designate to Hungary Muhammad Aejaz who called on him. The president said

Minister discusses economic cooperation with Japanese envoy

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Japan Kuninori Matsuda called on the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar on Friday and discussed a range of matters relating to bilateral economic cooperation, trade, investment and transfer of technology. Secretary Economic Affairs Division Noor

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over civilian killings at LoC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday condemned the unprovoked Indian ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), terming the same a threat to regional peace and security, which might lead to a strategic miscalculation. Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal summoned