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Pakistan criticizes India over hostilities in Kashmir, LoC

NEW YORK: Pakistan criticized India over its brutalities in Kashmir and the Line of Control. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi tweeted that she briefed Security Council President Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velasquez regarding the situation in occupied Kashmir and Line of Control. She stated that the situation there is a threat to international…

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April 7, 2018


UN Security Council to vote Saturday on Syria ceasefire

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council delayed a vote on demanding a 30-day ceasefire in Syria to Saturday at noon (1700 GMT) after hours of negotiations failed to yield agreement with Russia, diplomats said. The council has been in talks on a draft resolution on the truce since February 9 as Syrian government forces have…

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February 24, 2018


Netanyahu accuses Abbas of ‘running away from peace’

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Mahmud Abbas of “running away from peace” Tuesday after the Palestinian leader called for an international conference in mid-2018 to launch a broader peace push. “Abbas said nothing new. He continues to run away from peace and continues to pay terrorists and their families,” Netanyahu said in a…

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February 21, 2018


U.N. meeting on Iran protests called by U.S. criticized at Security Council

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., January 2, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson UNITED NATIONS: A United Nations Security Council meeting on Friday to discuss recent protests in Iran turned into criticism of the United States for requesting to meet on what some member states said was…

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January 10, 2018


Israel’s Netanyahu calls U.N. “house of lies” before Jerusalem vote

TEL AVIV: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the United Nations as a “house of lies” ahead of a vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “Israel totally rejects this vote, even before (the resolution‘s) approval,” Netanyahu said in a speech at…

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December 21, 2017


CPEC to be functional by 2030: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson, Dr Muhammad Faisal said Thursday that the first phase of CPEC would be completed by 2020 while the entire project would be functional by 2030. During his weekly press briefing in Foreign Office, Dr Faisal said that Pakistan and China regularly monitor the progress of these projects, adding that the decision…

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December 21, 2017


Isolated US defends Trump on Jerusalem at the UN

UNITED NATIONS: The United States stood alone Friday as one after another fellow UN Security Council member criticized its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The debate unfolded at a largely symbolic emergency meeting of the council — no vote on a resolution was planned, as the US has veto power — two days…

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December 9, 2017


Pakistan opposes creation of new permanent seats in UNSC

NEW YORK: At the United Nations, Pakistan has voiced its firm opposition to the creation of new permanent seats in any reformed Security Council. Speaking in a debate in the General Assembly on Security Council reform, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi reiterated Pakistan’s position on representation to the Council. She said that…

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November 9, 2017


UN toughens sanctions on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously backed a US-drafted resolution that significantly strengthened sanctions on North Korea, imposing a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue.

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August 6, 2017


U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran firms after satellite launch

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on six subsidiaries of a company key to Iran’s ballistic missile programme, citing continued “provocative actions” like Tehran’s launch of a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit. Iranian state television reported on Thursday that Iran had successfully tested a rocket that can deliver satellites into…

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July 29, 2017


US slams ‘provocative’ Iran satellite-launch rocket test

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday hit out at Iran over its test of a satellite- launch rocket, calling it an act that undermined regional stability and saying it appeared to violate UN Security Council resolutions.

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July 28, 2017


Palestinians die in new clashes over Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM: Two Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces Saturday as the army moved in to seal off an attacker’s home after violence over security measures at an ultra-sensitive holy site.

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July 23, 2017


UN tells Qatar to mend fences with Gulf neighbours

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has told Qatar to sort out its differences with its Gulf neighbors, China’s ambassador said Monday, indicating the top UN body would not get involved in the dispute.

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July 4, 2017


Pakistan calls for reforms in UN Security Council

UNITED NATIONS: At the United Nations, Pakistan has called for reforms based on democratic principles in the Security Council to enhance non-permanent members. Addressing the inter-governmental debate in New York, Pakistan’s permanent representatives at the United Nations Dr. Maleela Lodhi said Pakistan belongs to a group of countries which form a negotiating group which favors…

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June 14, 2017


Trump calls for new UN sanctions against North Korea

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday the U.N. Security Council must be prepared to impose new sanctions on North Korea as concerns mount that it may test a sixth nuclear bomb as early as Tuesday.

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April 25, 2017


Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria attack

UNITED NATIONS: Russia blocked a Western effort at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to condemn last week’s deadly gas attack in Syria and push Moscow’s ally President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international inquiries into the incident.

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April 13, 2017


Sustainable peace linked to resolution of world disputes: Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for a decisive shift from responding to crises to preventing them in order to accomplish sustainable peace. “Sustainable peace is a challenge and cannot be achieved unless the underlying causes of conflicts are addressed: poverty; environmental degradation; political and economic injustice; ethnic, tribal and religious tensions; and external interference and…

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January 11, 2017


Israel cuts $6 million in UN funding over settlements resolution

JERUSALEM: Israel said on Friday it would cut $6 million in funding to the United Nations in 2017 in protest against a U.N. Security Council resolution that demanded an end to Israeli settlement building on land Palestinians want for an independent state.

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January 7, 2017


UN agrees to Russian-Turkish peace plan for Syria

BEIRUT: A ceasefire held across most of Syria on Saturday as Russia and Turkey secured unanimous passage of a UN resolution backing their efforts to “jumpstart” talks aimed at ending the nearly six-year conflict.

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January 1, 2017


Kerry to speak on Middle East peace on Wednesday: State Department

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will make remarks regarding Middle East peace on Wednesday and discuss next steps needed to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said on Tuesday.

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December 28, 2016


Israel on defensive after landmark UN vote

JERUSALEM: Israel scrambled Saturday to contain the fallout from a UN vote demanding it halt settlements in Palestinian territory, lashing out at US President Barack Obama over the “shameful” resolution.

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December 25, 2016

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