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Russia expects direct dialogue at intra-Syrian talks in Geneva: FM

MOSCOW -UNS/Xinhua — Moscow expects ample participation of all parties of the Syrian conflict in the intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, and hopes they will be able to maintain direct dialogue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday. “I hope that all those invited will …

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ECO Islamabad summit to inject new impetuous to regional economic growth: China

BEIJING -UNS – China says the 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit held in Islamabad would give a new impetuous to the regional economic growth. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Geng Shuang, at a press briefing in Beijing today, said that China is open to all …

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Russia calls for ‘post-West’ world order

MOSCOW -Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Saturday for an end to a world order dominated by the West and said Moscow wants to establish a “pragmatic” relationship with the United States. “I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic world order — a …

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US not to ‘interfere’ in European politics :Mogherini

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini warned Donald Trump’s administration Friday not to “interfere” in European politics, in an apparent reference to the US president’s praise of Brexit. “We do not interfere in US politics… And Europeans expect that America does not interfere in European …

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Pakistan to organise multinational naval exercise ‘AMAN-17’

KARACHI -UNS– Pakistan Navy will organize multinational naval exercise “Aman-17” from February 10-14 in the North Arabian Sea. Navies of 71 countries have been invited to participate. The exercise, themed “together for peace,” will feature harbor and sea phases where participants will witness a variety …

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‘Very early’ to consider lifting sanctions on Russia:Trump

WASHINGTON-UNS – US President Donald Trump said Friday that it is “very early” to talk about lifting sanctions on Russia in relation to the Ukraine crisis. “I hear a call was set up. We’ ll see what happens,” Trump said at a joint news conference with …

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EU must have ‘firm’ response to Trump: Hollande

PARIS -UNS – French President Francois Hollande on Saturday urged Europe to be “firm” in its response to new US President Donald Trump, who a day earlier called Britain’s exit from the bloc a “wonderful thing”. “When there are statements from the US president about …

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Gen Zia assured Reagan: ‘Pakistan would not build nuclear weapons’

ISLAMABAD -UNS- Pakistan’s former president General Zia-ul-Haq had assured his American counterpart Ronald Reagan that Pakistan would not build the atomic bomb, documents made public by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) revealed. The assurance was mentioned in a letter dated July 5, 1982 written by …

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Russia, Iran, Turkey agree ‘mechanism’ to ensure Syria truce

Russia, Iran and Turkey, the sponsors of peace talks between Syrian rebels and Damascus, agreed Tuesday to establish a joint “mechanism” to monitor the frail truce in the war-torn country. The sides will “establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the …

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Why Russia could become a mediator between India,Pakistan

It looks like Donald Trump and his team don’t understand the need and value of America’s role in South Asia. This presents a golden opportunity for Russia to move in, especially since it enjoys good relations with India and Pakistan. Last week’s hearings of Donald …

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