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Diplomacy

COVID scare at G7 meeting after Indian delegates test positive
World

COVID scare at G7 meeting after Indian delegates test positive

  • India, currently undergoing the world's worst surge in COVID-19 cases, is attending the G7 as a guest
  • The meeting is a precursor to the main G7 summit due to take place at a rural English resort in June, with U.S. President Joe Biden and other world leaders set to attend
Published 05 May, 2021 03:13pm
U.S is prepared to lift sanctions from Iran, according to State Department
World

U.S is prepared to lift sanctions from Iran, according to State Department

  • On Wednesday, diplomats from major powers met separately with leaders from Iran and the United States, to discuss how to bring both countries back into the fold of the nuclear deal, which was abandoned three years ago.
  • The United States is prepared to remove sanctions on Iran to resume compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, including those that are inconsistent with the 2015 pact.
Updated 08 Apr, 2021 11:43am
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
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