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Turkish president congratulates Pakistan on 70 years of independence

ISLAMABAD -UNS – Turkish president Erdogan has congratulated Pakistan on 70 years of independence this August. In a message posted on Twitter, he stated: “My heartfelt congratulations to the people of Pakistan for Pakistan s independence day.” Pakistan celebrated 70 years of independence today after …

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Pakistan attaches great importance to strategic relation with KSA : COAS

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday reiterated that Pakistan is committed to the defence of Harmain Sharifain and safeguarding the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), reported Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The army chief …

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Qatar offers visa-free entry to 80 nationalities

DOHA: Qatar, isolated by its neighbours in a diplomatic crisis, on Wednesday introduced a visa-free entry programme for 80 nationalities to stimulate air transport and tourism. “The visa exemption scheme will make Qatar the most open country in the region,” tourism department official Hassan al-Ibrahim …

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Over four killed,8 injured as soldier open fire on military base in Tehran

Tehran -UNS : At least four soldiers were killed and eight injured when one of their colleagues opened fire on a military air base in southern Tehran on Sunday, the Iranian military said in a statement. The incident was “probably related to psychological problems of …

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OIC meeting over Jerusalem tensions held in Turkey

Turkey on Tuesday hosted a meeting of the main grouping of the world’s Muslim nations to discuss the crisis that erupted last month when Israel imposed security measures at a key holy site in Jerusalem. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu chaired the extraordinary meeting in …

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Qatar,Turkey launch joint military exercises: reports

ISTANBUL -UNS: Turkey and its main regional ally Qatar on Tuesday launched military exercises in the emirate that will involve some 250 Turkish troops and 30 armoured vehicles, reports said. The exercises come as Ankara presses on with its unequivocal backing of Doha in the …

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Strife in Jerusalem: Fears of popular revolts bring Israel and Arabs together

By James M. Dorsey A web of formal and informal Israeli-Arab relations and common fears of renewed popular uprisings that could threaten regimes and benefit Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood facilitated Israel’s backing down in the crisis over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount or Haram al …

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Netanyahu wants to expel Al-Jazeera for ‘inciting violence

JERUSALEM -UNS : Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Wednesday he wants to expel Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera from Israel amid tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. “The Al-Jazeera channel continues to incite violence around the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu wrote in a Facebook post, …

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Jerusalem holy site crisis must be resolved by Friday: UN envoy

UNITED NATIONS -UNS : A crisis over new Israeli security measures at a Jerusalem holy site must be resolved by Friday to avoid an escalation of violence, the UN envoy to the Middle East warned Monday. “It is extremely important that a solution to the …

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Erdogan sees progress in Qatar crisis, says more time needed

ANKARA -UNS : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said his visit to the Gulf region made a contribution to easing the crisis surrounding Ankara’s ally Qatar, but indicated that more time was needed to end the standoff. Erdogan visited Saudi Arabia and Kuwait …

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