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Friday, November 19th, 2021


Blinken: U.S. can benefit Africa amid rising Chinese influence

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the United States considers Africa a “major geopolitical power” where it can deliver tangible benefits, seeking to boost US influence as rival China invests heavily. Days before China holds a major meeting on Africa in Senegal, where Blinken heads later Friday, the top US diplomat said President Joe Biden plans to convene a summit of African leaders. In an address at the headquarters of the West African bloc ECOWAS in Abuja, Blinken made no explicit mention of China but said he knew Africans have been “wary of the strings” thatRead More

US tells Taliban to ‘earn’ the release of frozen funds

Agencies Washington, Nov 19: The United States rebuffed Friday an appeal by the Taliban to release Afghan assets frozen after their takeover, saying the new government in Kabul must “earn” legitimacy first.   Thomas West, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, said in a tweeted statement that Washington had long made clear that if the Taliban claimed power by military force rather than negotiating with the previous US-backed government, that critical non-humanitarian aid would be cut off. “That is what occurred,” West said. “Legitimacy & support must be earned byRead More

Çavuşoğlu, Lavrov discuss regional issues over phone – sources

The Turkish foreign minister and his Russian counterpart held a phone conversation on Friday, according to diplomatic sources. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Sergey Lavrov discussed bilateral ties, as well as regional developments, the sources added.

Indian PM Narendra Modi U-turns on farm reforms in surprise victory for protesters

NEW DELHI, NOV 19: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday he would repeal controversial farm laws that farmers have protested for more than a year, a significant climbdown for the combative leader. The sudden concession on the three laws comes ahead of elections early next year in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, and two other northern states with large rural populations. “Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws,” Modi said in an address to the nation. “In the parliament session starting later this month,Read More

Bahraini parliamentary delegation meets Sadiq Sanjarani at Parliament House

ISLAMABAD, NOV 19 /DNA/ –The Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Bahrain, Ms. Fawzia Abdullah Yusuf Zainal along with seven-member parliamentary delegation called on Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjarani at the Parliament House on Friday. The Chairman Senate also hosted a reception in honor of the Bahraini parliamentary delegation. Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjarani said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its long standing fraternal relations with Bahrain and relations between the two countries are rooted in common religious and cultural values. ۔ The Chairman Senate said that bilateralRead More

Azerbaijan, Pakistan mull SMBs cooperation

By Ayya Lmahamad BAKU, NOV 19: Azerbaijan and Pakistan have discussed cooperation in the small and medium-sized businesses sphere. The discussion took place at the meeting between Azerbaijani Agency for Small and Medium-sized Businesses Development Board Chairman Orkhan Mammadov with Pakistan’s Business Forum President Muhammad Kasif. The meeting briefed on the agency’s services for SMBs, including support for foreign businessmen and investors. Opportunities for cooperation between the Azerbaijani agency and Pakistan in the area of entrepreneurship were considered. It was noted that Pakistani businessmen participated in the 25th International Business Forum in Baku, which wasRead More