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First unit of Akkuyu nuclear power plant to be completed by May 2023: Erdoğan

ANKARA: Turkey‘s president said on Friday that the first unit of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant will be completed by May 2023. Speaking at a mass opening ceremony in the southern Mersin province, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pointed out the importance of nuclear energy for the country’s future. “I would like to congratulate those who contributed to the acquisition and construction of this strategic investment in Akkuyu,” Erdoğan said. Turkey aims to build more power plants, he added. Turkey and Russia signed an agreement for the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant on May 12, 2010. Turkey’s first nuclear power plant will consistRead More

Security Council renews UN mission in Afghanistan for 6 months

The U.N. Security Council unanimously renewed on Friday a U.N. political mission in Afghanistan, known as UNAMA, for six months following the Taliban takeover of the country in August. The 15-member council asked U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report by Jan. 31, 2022 “on strategic and operational recommendations for the mandate of UNAMA, in light of recent political, security and social developments.” The 15-0 vote to preserve the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) through March 17, 2022 comes in the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of the war-torn country, and the exit of all foreign military forces. The resolution calls uponRead More

SCO must shun bloc politics: Imran

The premier says addressing the threats to int’l and regional peace are a vital interest for SCO Centreline Report DUSHANBE: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday called upon the regional countries to “resist any drift towards bloc politics” and stressed pursuing the approach of peaceful coexistence. “Peaceful coexistence and cooperation – not confrontation, should be the main drivers of global politics,” he said in his address at the 20th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Heads of State meeting, held in the capital of Tajikistan. The summit gathered the PresidentsRead More

PM, Chinese exchange views

News Desk /DNA DUSHANBE: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Friday on the sidelines of SCO Council of Heads of State in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe and discussed China-Pakistan bilateral relations, economic corridor and regional situation. Terming Pakistan and China as ‘iron brothers’ and strategic partners, the prime minister conveyed cordial greetings for Chinese President Xi and Premier Li. He appreciated China’s support for assisting Pakistan’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Imran Khan underscored that CPEC was a transformational project and bothRead More

NZ cancels Pak tour unilaterally

New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series, reads PCB press release Afzal Javed/DNA RAWALPINDI: The New Zealand cricket team has cancelled its tour of Pakistan Friday after informing the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of a “security alert”, a statement issued by the board confirmed. “Earlier today, New Zealand Cricket informed us they had been alerted to some security alert and have unilaterally decided to postpone the series,” reads the press release. “Pakistan Cricket Board and PakistanRead More

European parliament resolution unjustified

Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the failure of the Ghani government: Asim Iftikhar Ansar Bhatti ISLAMABAD, SEPT 17 (DNA) – Asim Iftikhar Ahmed the Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed dismay over Resolution adopted by the European Parliament on the situation in Afghanistan. While the resolution does not relate to Pakistan, we are disappointed at the unwarranted and negative references to Pakistan, he said in his statement. He said, this is not consistent with the cooperative relations between Pakistan and the EU.   Pakistan has played and continues toRead More