Tuesday, September 14th, 2021
KABUL: The European Union has no option but to talk to Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and Brussels will try to coordinate with member governments to organise a diplomatic presence in Kabul, the top EU diplomat said on Tuesday. “The Afghan crisis is not over,” EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told the European Parliament in Strasbourg. “To have any chance of influencing events, we have no other option but to engage with the Taliban.” EU foreign ministers have set conditions for re-establishing humanitarian aid and diplomatic ties with the Taliban, who took control ofRead More
KABUL, SEPT 14: The Taliban on Tuesday thanked the world for pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan, and urged the United States to show “heart” to the impoverished country. A donor conference in Geneva on Monday saw countries promise a total of $1.2 billion in aid for Afghanistan, which was taken over by the Islamist group last month in a lightning offensive that took retreating US troops by surprise. Afghanistan, already heavily dependent on aid, is facing an economic crisis, with the new authorities unable to payRead More
A trilateral meeting between United States, Japan and South Korea was held in Tokyo to discuss how to restrain North Korea’s missile program following its test-fire of long-range cruise missile. Addressing the meeting, the US special envoy for North Korea Sung Kim said that Washington remains open to diplomacy for negotiation with North Korea aimed to completely denuclearize Korean Peninsula. Kim also reiterated the long-stated US position that Washington has no hostile intentions toward Pyongyang.
BEIJING: China has urged the United States to make earnest efforts to improve bilateral relations in diverse fields including enhancing economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. In a virtual meeting with board members of the U.S.-China Business Council, the Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang said that Beijing has been faithfully implementing the phase-one trade agreement despite the pandemic while the U.S. side has continued to impose sanctions and restrictions on China, including putting more than 900 Chinese entities on various lists of restrictions.
DATTA KHEL: Two terrorists were killed in intense exchange of fire during an intelligence-based operation conducted by security forces on terrorist hideout on reported presence of Terrorists in Datta Khel, North Waziristan District. According to ISPR, weapon and ammunition was also recovered from the hideout. Search of the area is in process to eliminate any other terrorists found in the area.
ISLAMABAD/ MOSCOW: Prime Minister Imran Khan has underlined the need for the international community to remain engaged in Afghanistan and Afghan people should not be abandoned at this crucial juncture. During a telephonic conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin today (Tuesday), he emphasized the urgent need for provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and the imperative of averting an economic crisis. Imran Khan stressed that close coordination and consultations between Pakistan and Russia on the evolving situation in Afghanistan are of crucial importance. Recalling their earlier telephonic conversation of 25thRead More