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FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrives in China to discuss bilateral relations, Afghan peace process

This is the third trip in his four-nation visit

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December 25, 2018

 

US wants Turkey to buy Patriot missiles, not Russian system

The United States is trying to persuade NATO partner Turkey to purchase the Patriot surface-to-air missile system, a US official said Monday, instead of rival Russian equipment. The NATO alliance is worried Turkey’s intent to deploy Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile system could provide Moscow with a trove of intelligence on Western war equipment. The planned…

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July 17, 2018

 

US urges Turkey to strengthen its democracy

The United States greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s re-election with little enthusiasm Monday, calling for measures to strengthen the country’s democracy. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump had not yet found time to talk to Erdogan, after a win that granted the Turkish leader sweeping new powers. “We’re working to set…

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June 26, 2018

 

Trump confirms June 12 meeting with Kim in Singapore

US President Donald Trump said Friday his summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is back on for next month, after extraordinary Oval Office talks with a top envoy from Pyongyang. Trump emerged after a more than hour-long Oval Office meeting with Kim Yong Chol — a general facing US sanctions who is Kim’s…

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June 2, 2018

 

UN lifts travel ban for North Koreans to Kim-Trump summit

A UN Security Council committee has agreed to lift a travel ban on North Korean officials heading to Singapore for the planned summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un next month, diplomats said. Singapore last week asked the sanctions committee to grant an exemption to the North Korean delegation attending the June 12 summit…

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May 24, 2018

 

US to impose ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday warned Tehran would be hit with the “strongest sanctions in history” and cautioned European firms against continuing to do business with it, toughening up Washington’s policy line after its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. In his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State…

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May 22, 2018

 

Putin meets Assad, calls for ‘political process’ on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a rare meeting with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on Thursday and said the situation in Syria is now favourable for the beginning of a “political process” which would lead to the withdrawal of foreign forces. “After the military success (of the Syrian army in recent months) supplementary conditions have been…

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May 18, 2018

 

Turkey and Israel exchange jibes, expulsions in escalating row

Turkey and Israel on Tuesday ordered envoys to leave in tit-for-tat moves and exchanged bitter accusations as a row over the Israeli army’s killing of dozens of Palestinians threatened a 2016 reconciliation deal. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter by calling Israel an “apartheid state” as Ankara…

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May 16, 2018

 

Historic Trump-Kim summit set for June 12 in Singapore

Donald Trump on Thursday revealed his historic summit with Kim Jong Un — the first-ever between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader — will take place in Singapore on June 12. The location and date of the landmark meeting were announced in a presidential tweet just hours after Trump welcomed to the…

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May 11, 2018

 

Russia ‘deeply disappointed’ at Trump Iran decision: foreign ministry

Russia’s foreign ministry on Tuesday said Moscow was deeply disappointed by US President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, a move it called a blatant violation of international law. In a statement, the ministry said it was “deeply disappointed by the decision of US President Donald Trump to unilaterally refuse to carry…

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May 9, 2018

 

Saudi Arabia ‘supports and welcomes’ Trump Iran move

Saudi Arabia, regional rival of Iran and longtime US ally, said it “supports and welcomes” President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The kingdom supports and welcomes the steps announced by the US president towards withdrawing from the nuclear deal… and reinstating economic sanctions against Iran,” the foreign…

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May 9, 2018

 

Netanyahu praises Trump’s ‘bold’ withdrawal from Iran deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed strong support for US President Donald Trump’s “bold” decision Tuesday to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, which the Israeli leader has repeatedly criticised. Israel’s army meanwhile asked authorities in the occupied Golan Heights to open and prepare missile shelters due to “irregular activity by Iranian forces” over the demarcation…

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May 9, 2018

 

Iran says to discuss response to Trump with other parties

Iran said it will hold talks with signatories to a nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to withdraw from the accord, which it branded “psychological warfare”. President Hassan Rouhani also said Iran could resume uranium enrichment “without limit” in response to Trump’s announcement. He said he would discuss Iran’s response with the…

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May 9, 2018

 

As deadline looms, Trump slams ‘horrible’ Iran deal

US President Donald Trump once more attacked the Iran nuclear deal as “horrible” Monday, as he faces a May 12 deadline to decide on the fate of the accord. “In seven years, that deal will have expired and Iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons,” Trump told a joint press conference with…

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May 1, 2018

 

North Korean dish in high demand in South Korean

At Seoul’s Nampo Myeonok noodle bar, the owner was rushed off her feet, shouting at a long queue of hungry punters that she was clean out of “Pyongyang naengmyeon”. “You’ll have to wait around 40 minutes” for the broth to boil, she told the line snaking out of her door Saturday. Demand for North Korea’s…

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April 28, 2018

 

N. Korea says ‘historic meeting’ opens ‘new era for peace’

SEOUL: The inter-Korean summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in was a “historic meeting” that paved the way for the start of a new era, Pyongyang’s state media said Saturday. The official KCNA news agency said it was a “historic meeting that has opened a new era for…

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April 28, 2018

 

Two Koreas’ leaders in historic handshake

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s President Moon Jae-in shook hands Friday over the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries in a gesture laden with symbolism ahead of a historic summit. “I am happy to meet you,” Moon told Kim before the visitor stepped over the line, making him the…

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April 27, 2018

 

Kim and Moon to hold historic inter-Korean summit

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the South’s president Moon Jae-in were to meet at the Demilitarized Zone that divides their countries on Friday for a historic summit. The meeting on the southern side of the truce village of Panmunjom — only the third of its kind since the end of the 1950-53…

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April 27, 2018

 

Trump, Macron call for ‘new’ nuclear deal with Iran

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron called for a “new” deal with Iran Tuesday, looking beyond divisions over a landmark nuclear accord that still hangs in the balance. Trump laid transatlantic divisions bare during a visit by the French president, pillorying a three-year old agreement designed to curb Iran’s nuclear program….

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April 25, 2018

 

G7 toughens Russia stance but Iran deal in the balance

TORONTO: Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven vowed to defend their “democracy” against attacks from Vladimir Putin’s Russia on Monday in a show of solidarity from the world’s richest industrialized economies. Canada’s Chrystia Freeland, host of the Toronto talks, said Russia must pay a price for undermining Western elections, using nerve agent in an…

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April 24, 2018

 

UN Security Council meets over Syria in remote Swedish farmhouse

Backåkra, Sweden: The UN Security Council met in a secluded farmhouse on the southern tip of Sweden on Saturday in a bid to overcome deep divisions over how to end the war in Syria. In a first for the Council, which normally holds its annual brainstorming session in upstate New York, the 15 ambassadors and Secretary-General…

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April 21, 2018

 
 
 
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