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Polish climbers are in Pakistan for challenging experience on K2

Polish climber Krzysztof Wielicki (2nd L), who will run a Polish expedition to scale K2 in winter, holds the Pakistani national flag as he poses for a picture with officials after a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan December 30, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood NEWS DESK: A team of Poland’s elite climbers is in Pakistan in an…

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Pakistan, China premiers express satisfaction over bilateral engagement

SOCHI, Russia: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang Thursday expressed satisfaction over the overall level of engagement between the two countries. They agreed to continue close cooperation both within Shanghai Cooperation Organization and at the bilateral level in all areas particularly political, economic and trade, defense and strategic and multilateral…

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PM to attend SCO heads of govt meeting in Russia

SOCHI (Russia): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will participate in the 16th Meeting of the Council of the Heads of Government (CHG) of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) here at Sochi from November 30 – December 1 on the invitation of Prime Minister of Russian Federation D.A. Medvedev. It is the first SCO Heads of…

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Trump and Duterte bond at Asia summit; U.S. says rights mentioned briefly

MANILA: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had a “great relationship” with his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, while a White House official said human rights got only a brief mention when the two met on the sidelines of an Asian summit, reported Reuters. A spokesman for Duterte said there was no mention at…

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Trump vaunts trade progress, red carpets on ‘fruitful’ Asia trip

MANILA: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had made significant progress on trade issues during a fruitful trip across Asia that saw governments roll out red carpets “like nobody has ever seen”, reported Reuters. “We’ve made some very big steps with respect to trade, far bigger than anything you know,” Trump told reporters…

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Trump and Xi set to lay bare their visions for trade in Vietnam summit

DANANG: The leaders of the US and China, the world’s two largest economies, are expected to lay out competing visions for the future of global trade Friday in closely watched speeches to Asia-Pacific leaders gathered in Vietnam. President Donald Trump is likely to wield his “America First” doctrine when he addresses CEOs ahead of the…

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No safe haven for terrorists on Pakistan’s soil: Khurram Dastgir

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Tuesday rejected the declaration of the BRICS Summit in China naming terrorist groups in the region and said there was no safe haven for terrorists on Pakistan’s soil. “We reject the declaration of the BRICS Summit,” he told a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence here….

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Foreign Office responds to BRICS summit document

In response to a question regarding the BRICS’ leaders summit document, Foreign Office spokesman said that Pakistan is also seriously concerned about the threat posed by terrorism and extremism in the South Asian region. Many terrorist groups based in the region, including in Afghanistan, such as the TTP and its associates like Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) have…

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SCO welcomes Pakistan as full member

ASTANA: Pakistan formally has became a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) during 17th meeting of the Heads of the State Council summit held here on Friday. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev made an announcement in this regard after signing of documents by the founding members at the conclusion of 17th SCO summit. Prime…

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NATO’s costly new HQ hit by Trump barb

BRUSSELS: NATO revealed its new $1.2 billion headquarters in Brussels with pomp and ceremony Thursday under the watchful eye of Donald Trump who could not resist a barb over the cost. To the sound of a military flypast and a marching band the alliance proudly took possession of the curved glass and steel building meant…

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Traveling abroad, Trump struggles to escape crisis

President Donald Trump was taking off on Air Force One when the latest bad news pinged into the inboxes of his besieged staff – a report that he had told Russian officials that fired FBI Director James Comey was “a nut job”. Officials on board the Riyadh-bound presidential plane scrambled to coordinate with staff in…

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ECO summit: Red carpet rolled out for Iran’s Rouhani

ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday was accorded a very warm welcome on his arrival here to participate in the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit’s meeting. Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch received the visiting dignitary at the Nur Khan Air Base. The Iranian foreign minister, ambassadors of Pakistan and Iran and senior officials were…

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PM chairs preparatory meeting for forthcoming ECO Summit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday chaired a preparatory meeting to review arrangements for the forthcoming 13th summit of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) to be held in Islamabad from March 1. Senior officials and ministers of the member countries of ECO will meet from February 26 to 28 in Islamabad, a statement issued by…

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Pakistan to hold 13th ECO Summit on March 1

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will host the 13th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) on March 1, Foreign Office confirmed here Thursday. In a weekly briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the summit meeting, having its roots in Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD), will be preceded by the meetings of the senior officials and Council of…

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Sartaj Aziz to represent Pakistan in Heart of Asia summit

ISLAMABAD: Two-day Heart of Asia Conference on Afghanistan will begin in Indian city of Amritsar from Saturday, Radio Pakistan reported. Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will represent Pakistan at the summit. In the first session of conference, the senior officials will discuss and finalize the text for the Conference of the…

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Pakistan confirms SAARC summit postponement, deplores India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday officially announced the postponement of a three-day SAARC summit at Islamabad in November owing to India’s decision to abstain from the regional event.   “Pakistan remains committed to hosting the 19th SAARC Summit at Islamabad at the earliest so that the objectives of regional cooperation under the SAARC umbrella can be…

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China blames United States, journalists for Obama airport fiasco

China on Monday leveled responsibility at the United States and journalists for a fracas at a Chinese airport, in which officials of both countries exchanged heated remarks as President Barack Obama disembarked from his aircraft. The comments by a foreign ministry spokeswoman were in response to questions whether China, which is hosting a G20 summit…

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SAARC immigration authorities deliberate Visa Exemption Scheme

ISLAMABAD: The 7th meeting of Immigration authorities of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Tuesday deliberated on SAARC Visa Exemption Scheme (SVES) and other related issues. The objective was to streamlining processes and facilitate business community, cultural representatives and officials from member states availing this facility. The meeting was held here and in his…

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NATO makes fresh funding, troop pledge for Afghanistan

WARSAW: NATO agreed Saturday to maintain troop numbers in Afghanistan and reiterated a funding pledge for local security forces through 2020, but officials did not say when the alliance’s longest military engagement might end. Hundreds of thousands of NATO troops have rotated through Afghanistan since 2001, when the United States ousted the Taliban after the…

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Pakistan to Further Strengthen Relations with SCO: President Mamnoon Hussain

  ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has said that Pakistan aims to further strengthen its relations with the SCO after becoming a full member. Speaking at the plenary session of the SCO Summit here in Tashkent today, the President underlined that signing of Memorandum of Obligations was a major step towards Pakistan’s full membership of SCO….

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Migrant crisis is ‘global challenge’: G7 leaders

TOKYO: The refugee crisis gripping Europe is a problem that the whole world must deal with, G7 leaders said Friday, as it called for beefed-up efforts to tackle the root causes of mass migration. Last year, some 1.3 million refugees, mostly from conflict-torn Syria and Iraq, asked for asylum in the European Union — more…

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