Islamabad: Ambassadors from China, the United States, and the United Kingdom assured Finance Minister Ishaq Dar of their full support to Pakistan in the rehabilitation of flood-hit areas. Islamabad has been trying to shore up the support of the international community to provide all possible relief to the calamity-stricken people. According to the Finance Division, the ambassadors held separate meetings with the finance minister, where matters related to bilateral relations, the economy, and the government's works in the flood-hit areas came under discussion.
On Monday, the US imposed new sanctions aimed at disrupting the Russian military’s supply chains, rolling out measures against 14 people and 28 entities. The people, it said, were part of a transnational network that procured technology to support Moscow in its invasion of Ukraine. “The United States will continue to disrupt Russia’s military supply chains and impose high costs on President Putin’s enablers, as well as all those who support Russia’s brutality against its neighbor,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement
Nusa Dua: On Nov 13, U.S. President Joe Biden said that his country would maintain open communication lines and seek no conflict with China. Biden also stated that the United States would "compete vigorously" with Beijing while "ensuring competition does not veer into conflict". Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are set to meet face-to-face for the first time since Biden took office.
Washington: On Nov 9, Russian authorities transferred U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner from a detention centre outside Moscow. "We strongly protest the movement of Brittney Griner to a remote penal colony and the Russian government's use of wrongful detentions," U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a separate post on Twitter.
The Department of Homeland Security laid bare that David DePape, the man accused of violently attacking Paul Pelosi last week, was in the United States illegally and might face deportation. “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer on Canadian national David DePape with San Francisco County Jail, Nov. 1, following his Oct. 28 arrest,” the department said.
The United States assures Saudia Arabia that the threats are concerning, and it will defend the Kingdom and other Middle East allies from Iran. "We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis," the National Security Council said in a statement, "We will not hesitate to act in the defence of our interests and partners in the region". While Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman, Nasser Kanani, responded that, "The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the establishment and improvement of stability and security in the region to be possible through constructive engagement with neighbours and will pursue it seriously."
Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday said that the Pakistani govt was trying to restore its relations with the United States. His remarks came while addressing the passing out parade ceremony of the 48th Specialized Training Programme of the Police Service of Pakistan at the National Police Academy. Moreover, he questioned his predecessor's move to damage relations with Washington.
According to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Islamabad on Thursday, the United States announced an additional $30 million in aid for flood victims in Pakistan. It said that the total funding from the US for the flood response, food security, disaster preparedness and capacity-building efforts in the country now amounts to $97m for the year.
On Thursday, President Xi Jinping stated that China and the United States must “find ways to get along” to safeguard world peace and development. The Chinese leader’s conciliatory words follow after months of tension between Washington and Beijing over Taiwan and Russia’s war in Ukraine. “As major powers, strengthening communication and cooperation between China and the US will help to increase global stability and certainty, and promote world peace and development,” Xi said in a statement.
Krasnogorsk: On Oct 25, a Russian court dismissed U.S. WNBA basketball star Brittney Griner's appeal against a nine-year sentence. She was detained for possessing and smuggling vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. "We are aware of the news out of Russia that Brittney Griner will continue to be wrongfully detained under intolerable circumstances after having to undergo another sham judicial proceeding today," White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement
Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu held a phone call with his US counterpart, Lloyd Austin, the defense ministry said. It was a rare talk between Moscow and Washington since the start of the Ukraine conflict. “Topical issues of international security, including the situation in Ukraine, were discussed,” Russia’s defense ministry said on Telegram without providing further details.
Tehran: Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed the United States and Israel for protests that have gripped the country for more than two weeks. He also accused the countries of trying to stop Iran’s “progress”. Moreover, he branded the anti-government protests, some of the biggest the country has seen in years, as “riots”.
An American navy veteran detained in Afghanistan since 2020 was released by the Taliban on Monday in exchange for an ally who spent 17 years in a US jail for heroin smuggling, Afghanistan’s foreign minister said. “After long negotiations, US citizen Mark Frerichs was handed over to an American delegation, and that delegation handed over (Bashar Noorzai) to us today at Kabul airport,” Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said at a press conference.
Washington: On September 14, the United States imposed sanctions on individuals and entities it linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard for what it called Tehran's "malicious" cyber and ransomware activity. The sanctions were part of a joint response by several U.S. agencies, including the departments of Justice and State, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. Iran's Revolutionary Guard is a powerful faction that controls a business empire as well as elite armed and intelligence forces.
Dubai: On August 24, Iran refuted having any link to sites targeted by the United States in Syria, Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani stated. On Tuesday, the U.S. military announced that it carried out a strike in Syria's Deir al-Zor against infrastructure facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). "The U.S. attack on Syrian infrastructure and people is a violation of Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The sites targeted had no links to the Islamic Republic," Kanaani said.
Dubai: On Aug 22, Iran accused the United States of procrastinating in indirect talks aimed at reinstating Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal. It also said that a prisoner swap with Washington was not linked to the negotiations. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Nasser Kanaani, said Tehran wanted a sustainable deal that would preserve Tehran's legitimate rights.
Taipei: On August 22, President Tsai Ing-wen told the governor of the U.S. state of Indiana: "Taiwan wants to ensure its partners have reliable supplies of 'democracy chips' or semiconductors." she also said that China's threats meant fellow democracies should cooperate. Governor Eric Holcomb, a Republican, is making the third trip to Taiwan this month by a U.S. delegation after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited briefly.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has offered Pakistan's services as a mediator to bring together US and China as it did decades ago. In an interview, the prime minister said: "If China and the US so desire, Pakistan would be happy to play a positive role to bridge their differences, as we had done in the past." PM Shehbaz characterised Pakistan's foreign policy as one of "friendliness and goodwill towards all the nations of the world".
On Aug 6, Iran's foreign minister called for a "realistic response" from the United States to Iranian proposals at in direct talks in Vienna. These talks are aimed at reviving Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, state media reported. "Hossein Amirabdollahian... stressed the need for a realistic U.S. response to Iran's constructive proposals on various issues to make the deal work," state media reported, without providing details on the plans.
London: On Aug 2, Russia backed China over an expected visit to Taiwan by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It also warned Washington that such a provocative trip would put the United States on a clash course with Beijing. "We cannot say for sure right now whether she will or will not get there, but everything about this tour and the possible visit to Taiwan is purely provocative," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confided.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday that China had been in communication with the United States over US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s expected visit to Taiwan." Moreover, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said “the US breach of faith on the Taiwan issue is despicable.”
On Aug 2, Russia accused the United States of direct involvement in the Ukraine war. "It is the Biden administration that is directly responsible for all Kyiv-approved rocket attacks on residential areas and civilian infrastructure in populated areas of Donbas and other regions, which have resulted in mass deaths of civilians, "the Russian defense ministry said in a statement.
Washington: On Aug 1, the United States imposed sanctions on Chinese and other companies saying it were used by one of Iran's petrochemical brokers to sell Iranian products to East Asia. The action freezes any U.S.-based assets and generally bars Americans from dealing with them. Those that engage in certain transactions with the firms also risk being hit by sanctions.
Hong Kong: On July 18, China demanded the United States immediately cancel its latest arms sale to Taiwan, the Chinese state broadcaster reported on Monday, citing the country's Ministry of National Defence. The Pentagon said on Friday that the U.S. State Department had approved the potential sale of military technical assistance to Taiwan worth an estimated $108 million.
On June 14, the new US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome said that enhancing ties with Pakistan was his "top priority". "Enhancing ties is our top priority. We welcome US investment in the stock exchange, and we want more and more companies to come to Pakistan," he said. Blome expressed these views during a visit to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) where he rang the bourse's gong to mark the beginning of the trading session.
On June 12, the war in Ukraine and China's increasingly troubled relationship with the United States featured in nearly every session of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said that it was up to the United States to improve the bilateral relationship with his country, as ties were at a critical juncture. "We request the U.S. side to stop smearing and containing China. Stop interfering in China's internal affairs," Wei told delegates.
Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister, has pledged to make the country self-sufficient and politically stable, while also promising to seek to increase bilateral trade with Turkey. Shehbaz told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview ahead of his three-day official visit to Ankara that while Islamabad wants to strengthen and broaden its relationship with the US, it is also focused on infrastructure development under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). He noted that the two countries' bilateral connections are solidly rooted in common religious, cultural, and linguistic ties and that they transcend political changes on both sides.
Washington: President Joe Biden said on Monday that the United States would not send Ukraine rocket systems that can reach into Russia. Ukraine has been pushing allies for a longer-range weapons system to help in its fight. The longer-range rockets including the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, that can fire a barrage of rockets hundreds of miles away.
Washington: The United States denounced the terrorist attack at the University of Karachi that killed four people, including three Chinese subjects. At least four people were killed while four others sustained injuries in a suicide explosion at the premises of the University of Karachi on April 26 outside Confucius Institute. Addressing a press briefing, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price deplored the terrorist attack in Karachi dubbing it "a true affront to mankind."