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Diplomacy

IPRI holds webinar on the regional importance of the Afghan peace process
World

IPRI holds webinar on the regional importance of the Afghan peace process

  • On Friday, the Islamabad Policy Research Institute held a webinar on the “Afghan Peace Process and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)”, featuring Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister, and Vladimir Norov, Secretary General of the SCO, as the keynote speakers.
  • The webinar was the first of its kind to host Central-South Asian countries in an attempt to discuss the regional connectivity pursuits, and opened a broader discussion on the sustainability of the Afghan peace process.
Updated 30 Jan, 2021 01:56pm
IPRI hosts a webinar on Social Media in the Times of War and Peace
World

IPRI hosts a webinar on Social Media in the Times of War and Peace

  • The Islamabad Policy Research Institute held a webinar on "Social Media in the Times of War and Peace" on the 27th of January, featuring a prestigious panel comprising of cyber-security, defense and diplomatic experts.
  • The panel featured James P. Farwell, expert in information warfare and former advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense, and Emerson T. Brookings, Resident Senior Fellow of Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council.
Updated 29 Jan, 2021 11:09am
Biden nominates Kashmiri-origin diplomat for key State Department role
World

Biden nominates Kashmiri-origin diplomat for key State Department role

  • President Joe Biden nominated a Kashmiri-origin diplomat as Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights - a key State Department position, as the new administration takes office.
  • Uzra Zeya, who resigned from the foreign service in 2018, in protest against President Trump's policies, has been nominated by the Biden Administration for the key position in the Department of State.
Updated 22 Jan, 2021 02:03pm
Uganda accuses U.S. of subversion after envoy tries to visit Wine's house
World

Uganda accuses U.S. of subversion after envoy tries to visit Wine's house

  • Uganda’s government spokesman accused the United States on Tuesday of trying to subvert last week’s presidential elections after the U.S. ambassador attempted to visit an opposition leader being held under house arrest.
  • The sharp, public rebuke to the United States from the Ugandan government is relatively unusual as the two nations are allies.
Updated 19 Jan, 2021 04:40pm
U.S. cancels U.N. envoy's trip to Taiwan, citing Biden transition
World

U.S. cancels U.N. envoy's trip to Taiwan, citing Biden transition

  • The U.S. State Department’s cancellation of all travel this week includes a planned visit to Taiwan by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft, a State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that all travel this week had been canceled, including his own trip to Europe, as part of the transition to the incoming Biden administration.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 03:22pm
Turkish Foreign Minister arrives in Pakistan for three day official visit
World

Turkish Foreign Minister arrives in Pakistan for three day official visit

  • On Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Pakistan on a three-day official visit.
  • According to Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, he will meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan, President Arif Alvi and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi over the course of his visit.
Published 13 Jan, 2021 03:07pm
China says it will respond to planned Taiwan, U.S. defense talks
World

China says it will respond to planned Taiwan, U.S. defense talks

  • China said on Wednesday it would make a “necessary response” to a planned military dialogue between the United States and Chinese-claimed Taiwan, saying it firmly opposed the event.
  • Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has ramped up military activity near the island.
Published 06 Jan, 2021 05:01pm
Saudi-led coalition discuss 'cooperation' with Qatar, ahead of GCC summit
World

Saudi-led coalition discuss 'cooperation' with Qatar, ahead of GCC summit

  • On Sunday, foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries held a virtual meeting discussing "cooperation" ahead of a landmark regional summit next month, amid efforts to end the rift between Qatar and a Saudi-led alliance.
  • Foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait took part in the meeting, while Qatar was represented by its Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
Updated 28 Dec, 2020 05:58pm
U.S State Department Condemns Daniel Pearl Case Ruling
World

U.S State Department Condemns Daniel Pearl Case Ruling

  • On Thursday, the Sindh High Court ordered the release of Omar Sheikh, a British-born militant who was accused of killing Daniel Pearl in 2002, ruling that Mr. Sheikh's temporary detention was illegal.
  • The U.S State Department condemned this ruling, stating that it had been assured that the accused had not been released "at this time", adding that "We continue to honour Daniel Pearl's legacy as a courageous journalist."
Updated 25 Dec, 2020 03:06pm
US Congress Passes Landmark Bill in Support of Tibet
World

US Congress Passes Landmark Bill in Support of Tibet

  • On Monday, the United States Congress passed a bill that is expected to significantly upgrade American support for Tibetans, including sanctioning Chinese officials if they try to appoint the next Dalai Lama.
  • The Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA) was passed by the House and Senate as an amendment to the $1.4 trillion government-spending bill and the $900 billion coronavirus relief package.
Published 24 Dec, 2020 04:31pm
Israel hopes for rapprochement with fifth Muslim country before Trump exit - minister
World

Israel hopes for rapprochement with fifth Muslim country before Trump exit - minister

  • Israel is working towards formalising relations with a fifth Muslim country during U.S. President Donald Trump’s term, which ends next month.
  • The White House has brokered rapprochements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco this year, with Morocco hosting an Israeli-U.S. delegation on Tuesday to flesh out the upgrade in relations.
Published 23 Dec, 2020 05:27pm
Sikh diaspora drums up global support for farmers' protest in India
World

Sikh diaspora drums up global support for farmers' protest in India

  • Thousands of Indian farmers protesting against deregulation of agriculture markets are drawing strength from Sikhs around the world who are urging foreign governments to intercede with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Sikhs living overseas, most of whom have families at home tied to the farms, have picked up the thread in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, demonstrating outside Indian embassies to draw attention.
Published 18 Dec, 2020 03:30pm
Turkey says will not turn back on Russian S-400S purchase despite sanctions
World

Turkey says will not turn back on Russian S-400S purchase despite sanctions

  • Turkey will not turn back on its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems and will take reciprocal steps after evaluating U.S. sanctions imposed over the acquisition.
  • President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday the sanctions were a “hostile attack” against Turkey’s defence industry, and they were bound to fail.
Published 17 Dec, 2020 05:05pm
UK PM Johnson to visit India in January to strengthen trade ties
World

UK PM Johnson to visit India in January to strengthen trade ties

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will travel to India in January, his first bilateral visit since taking office, to try to strengthen trade and investment ties and work together on tackling climate change.
  • Since leaving the European Union in January, Johnson wants to promote what he calls “global Britain”.
Published 15 Dec, 2020 06:27pm
U.S. House Democrat slams Trump trade policies, urges Biden to work with allies
World

U.S. House Democrat slams Trump trade policies, urges Biden to work with allies

  • The head of the powerful U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee on Friday slammed what he called President Donald Trump’s “unsophisticated response” to China’s ambitions and called for a major recalibration of U.S. policies.
  • Chairman Richard Neal, a Democrat, urged the future administration of fellow-Democrat Joe Biden to formulate a package of programs and investment to counterbalance China.
Published 12 Dec, 2020 07:11pm
Dutch expel two Russian diplomats for suspected espionage
World

Dutch expel two Russian diplomats for suspected espionage

  • The Netherlands on Thursday ordered the expulsion of two Russian diplomats accused of spying on the Dutch high-tech sector.
  • The Netherlands presented no evidence of unlawful acts by the Russian diplomats, Russia's embassy in The Hague said.
Published 10 Dec, 2020 10:18pm
Pakistan gets U.S. Presidential waiver to avoid sanctions on religious freedom
World

Pakistan gets U.S. Presidential waiver to avoid sanctions on religious freedom

  • United States Secretary of State Michael 'Mike' Pompeo has issued a Presidential waiver for Pakistan, exempting it from any subsequent sanctions that follow a country's designation as a violator of religious freedom.
  • Furthermore, Pakistan also pointed out that "the glaring omission of India, where the RSS-BJP regime and their leaders openly disregard religious freedom and discriminate against minorities communities in an institutional manner".
Updated 10 Dec, 2020 07:41pm
Turkey's Erdogan to discuss U.S. strains when Biden takes office
World

Turkey's Erdogan to discuss U.S. strains when Biden takes office

  • President Tayyip Erdogan said he would discuss strained U.S. relations with President-elect Joe Biden when he takes office.
  • Bilateral ties have been hit by Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems, differences in policy on Syria and the detention of U.S. consulate employees and citizens in Turkey.
Published 09 Dec, 2020 08:05pm