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Russia says it wants foreign NATO troops to leave Bulgaria, Romania

Moscow, Jan 21: Moscow wants foreign NATO troops to leave Romania and Bulgaria as part of security demands it is seeking from the US-led alliance, Russia’s foreign ministry said Friday ahead of Russia-US talks in Geneva. Russia wants the “withdrawal of foreign forces, hardware and arms” from countries that were not NATO members before 1997, including Bulgaria and Romania, the ministry said in a statement.

PML-N govt increased growth rate artificially: Farrukh

ISLAMABAD, Jan 21: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib on Friday asserted that the previous government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) borrowed money to artificially increase the growth rate(s). “Our government has not increased growth rate artificially,” the minister said a in a new statement encompassing the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government’s economic reforms that started yielding fruits due to tireless efforts of the economic team led by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Farrukh said the country was at the brink of default due to the past governments’ corruption and money launderingRead More

Pakistan, Iraq sign MoU on Tourism

 DNA ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the Republic of Iraq have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Tourism in Baghdad on 19 January 2022. The MoU was signed by Iraq’s Minister for Culture, Tourism and Antiquities and the Ambassador of Pakistan to the Republic of Iraq.  The MoU will promote and facilitate cooperation and collaboration in the field of tourism between the two brotherly countries. It will also help reinforce people-to-people linkages between Pakistan and Iraq. Pakistan is also engaging actively with the Iraqi side for facilitation of PakistaniRead More

Norway says Taliban team expected in Oslo for aid talks

OSLO, JAN 21: A Taliban delegation is expected to hold talks with Norwegian officials and Afghan civil society representatives in Oslo next week, the Norwegian foreign ministry said on Friday. The visit is scheduled from Sunday to Tuesday, and “the Taliban will meet representatives of the Norwegian authorities and officials from a number of allied countries” for talks on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and human rights, the ministry said. The ministry did not specify which allies would attend, but Norwegian newspaper VG said they would include Britain, the European Union, France, Germany,Read More

Britain warns Putin and Xi: West will stand up to ‘dictatorship’

LONDON, JAN 21: Britain on Friday warned Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping that the West would stand together to fight for democracy against dictatorships which it said were more emboldened than at any time since the Cold War. Western leaders say the 21st Century will be defined by a struggle between democracies and rivals such as China and Russia who they say are challenging the post-Cold War consensus militarily, technologically and economically. Speaking in Australia, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will say the West must respond together to global threats, deepen ties with democracies in the Indo-Pacific and “faceRead More

ICCI for focusing on exports to achieve sustainable economic growth

ISLAMABAD, JAN 21 /DNA/ – Shakeel Munir, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry has called upon the government to take measures for maximum facilitation of exporters as the export-led growth was the only best option for Pakistan to achieve sustainable economic growth and bring prosperity in the country. He said that the country has achieved over 18 percent growth in exports during the fiscal year 2020-21, however, this performance was still far less than the actual potential as Pakistan could increase exports of many products including marble & granite,Read More