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Pakistan ready for talks with India: Sartaj Aziz         ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan was ready to talk with India and discuss the issue of terrorism within the framework of a comprehensive dialogue agreed upon on the sidelines of last year's Heart of Asia.Sartaj Aziz told the Indian newspaper-The Sunday Express on Saturday that he was in Amritsar to show his commitment to Afghanistan's peace and security."I am here to attend the Heart of Asia meeting and, by coming here, we are showing our commitment to, first of all, to the importance of Heart of Asia for Afghanistan's peace and security." "I am also here to show our commitment to peace and security of the region, and commitment to promote multilateral peace for this purpose," Aziz said. He said that his presence in India was an indication that Pakistan was ready for bilateral talks. "If India shows any interest, I would certainly like to meet. I do not think we need to request ...

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Sartaj along with other FMs calls on Modi ISLAMABAD: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz along with foreign ministers of four countries on Sunday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Afghanistan, and Slovakia, which holds the European Union Presidency this month, along with PM's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz called on Modi ahead of the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process on Afghanistan.Modi welcomed the Foreign Ministers and stressed it was the collective responsibility of ...

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Iran offers to mediate between India, Pakistan      ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue and lower the ongoing tensions. "Iran is a close friend of India as well as Pakistan. We would like the relations between our friends to improve. We are ready to do whatever we can, if both our friends so desire," the Hindu quoted Zarif as saying during an event in Delhi before his proceeding to Amritsar where the Iranian FM would attend the Heart ...

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Putin says MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin in an interview aired Sunday called US President-elect Donald Trump intelligent and predicted he would quickly grasp his new level of responsibility and act accordingly."Since he managed to achieve success in business, that shows he is a clever person," the Russian strongman said in an interview with NTV television that has already aired in the country's far east, quoted by TASS news agency."If he's clever, that means he will fully and quite quickly grasp a different level ...

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OPEC deal boosts Iran budget   TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani presented his budget Sunday, with OPEC's decision to cut production helping to boost its expected oil revenues.Rouhani's 2017-2018 budget is based on oil prices of $50 per barrel, up from $40 last year, with a focus on unemployment, water resources, railways and the environment.The sums look realistic after last week's historic agreement by the 14-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd), which has already boosted ...