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Bumpy EU-Turkey relations

A diplomatic crisis was averted as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan backed down from his threat to expel ten Western ambassadors from the country. Erdogan threatened to declare the envoys, including from the United States and European countries, as ‘persona

FM Qureshi stresses on improving bilateral relations with US

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Pakistan desires a broad-based, long-term, and sustainable relationship with the United States for promotion of economic cooperation and regional peace. The minister was speaking to the visiting US Deputy Secretary of State

US reassess Pakistan ties

After the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the next step for the United States would be how to maintain ties with Pakistan. The recent statements by US authorities and Pakistani leaders suggest that the relations may not be heading in the

Committee calls for expediting pace on CPEC energy projects

ISLAMABAD; Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has directed to expedite the pace of work on the ongoing projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Chairing the second meeting of the Pak-China relations steering committee, the federal

Pakistan establishes diplomatic relations with Pacific island Kiribati

NEW YORK: Pakistan and Kiribati, an island country in the central Pacific Ocean, have formally established diplomatic relations. Ambassador Munir Akram, permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN, and his Kiribati counterpart Teburoro Tito, signed a joint communique in simple

PM Imran Khan, Chinese Premier reaffirm to solidify bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have reaffirmed their resolve to further solidify bilateral relations between Pakistan and China. In their telephonic conversation on the eve of 70th anniversary of establishment of Pak-China diplomatic ties, the

Pakistan-Russian relations

The visit by Sergey Lavrov, the first by a Russian foreign minister in nearly a decade, is highly significant and could change regional dynamics. It could also pave the way for Russian President Putin’s first ever visit to Pakistan which

Russia, Pakistan reaffirm to strengthen bilateral ties

ISLAMABAD: The foreign ministers of Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday held delegation-level talks focusing on a wide range of bilateral relations including economy, trade and defence. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov led their respective

Israel deal will be ‘extremely helpful’ for the region: Saudi FM

RIYADH: A normalisation deal between Saudi Arabia and Israel would benefit the region, the kingdom’s foreign minister said, adding that a potential deal “depends to a large extent on the progress of the peace process”. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Faisal

FM Qureshi discusses bilateral relations with Norwegian counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had a telephonic conversation with his Norwegian counterpart Ine Eriksen Soreide. The foreign minister expressed satisfaction over the Norwegian investment in Pakistan. He appreciated the growing business relations between Pakistan and Norway. The Norwegian

Pakistan, China launch year-long celebrations marking 70 years of friendship

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China commenced the year-long celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. The capitals – Islamabad and Beijing – witnessed the launch of series of events at a virtual ceremony simultaneously held at the respective Ministries

Pakistan-India relations

The military and government marked the second anniversary of ‘Operation Swift Retort’ when the Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian jets intruding into our sovereign territory after a purported airstrike and received a befitting response. The day will be

Pakistan to diversify relations with Kuwait: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reaffirmed Pakistan’s desire to forge stronger bilateral relations with Kuwait. He was talking to Ambassador Ali Suleman Al-Saeed, Assistant Foreign Minister on Asian Affairs of Kuwait. The foreign minister stressed the importance of

Pakistan and Israel

There has been a paradigm shift in the recognition of Israel by Muslim countries ever since several Gulf Arab states normalized ties with Israel. The question remains which country would be next to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state

Israel establishes diplomatic relations with Bhutan

JERUSALEM: Israel has established diplomatic relations with the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the Jewish state’s foreign ministry announced. “The circle of recognition of Israel is widening,” Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in a statement. “The establishment of relations with

UAE ends Israeli boycott

The UAE and Israel are establishing bilateral relations among themselves at a galloping pace, but this has also divided the Muslim world and created a new rift. The UAE has filed a complaint in the UN Security Council accusing Turkey

UAE recognises Israel

In a rather surprising development, the UAE has established full diplomatic relations with Israel, making it the first Gulf Arab country. It would probably be a matter of time before other Arab countries also normalise ties after years of the

Setback in Saudi relations

It seems that relations with Saudi Arabia have suffered a setback. Pakistan is frustrated at the failure of the Saudi-led OIC to hold a meeting on Kashmir and has hinted on taking a separate direction. The statement by Foreign Minister

Pakistan-Bangladesh relations

Bilateral relations between Pakistan and Bangladesh seem to be improving in recent months. Bangladesh has snubbed India on several occasions and seems to be tilting towards improving ties with China and Pakistan. India has taken exception towards the growing bonhomie

PM Imran invites Sheikh Hasina to visit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan called his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and extended condolences on the loss of lives due to COVID-19 in Bangladesh. The prime minister commended measures taken by the leadership of Bangladesh to contain the spread of

Pakistan desires to expand ties with Egypt: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: Minister of Defence and Military Production of Egypt Commander-in-Chief General Mohamed Ahmed Zaki, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, called on President Dr Arif Alvi. The president said that Pakistan attached utmost importance to its fraternal relations

US-India relations and President Trump’s visit

President Donald Trump concluded a two-day state visit to India with plenty of impressive photos and pageantry but without major announcements on trade or security. Trump departed having cemented his friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that relations

Pakistan’s role in US-Iran tensions

The fallout from USA’s unilateral action to kill top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani will have an effect on Pakistan. It is for this reason Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reached out to Army Chief General Bajwa soon after the

Iran-Taliban discussions

The globetrotting Afghan Taliban has visited Iran in efforts to convince the United States to pull out from the war-ravaged country. Iranian involvement in the matter brings a new player to restore peace as efforts are made for a ceasefire

Pakistani praises China for supporting its stance on Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: An event was held in Islamabad to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. It was organised by Pak China Institute at a local hotel. An event was held in Islamabad to comomorate the Chinese anniversary