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Tony Blair denies he wants to be Trump’s Middle East envoy

Spokeswoman for former British PM rubbishes reports after meeting with US president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner Tony Blair has denied a report that he is pitching to be Donald Trump’s Middle East envoy. Blair, who served as special representative of the quartet of international powersfor almost eight years after leaving Downing Street, met the US president’s …

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UAE voices keenness on safeguarding human rights

Emirates stressed interest in caring for those with disabilities empowerment, legislation and eliminating all forms of discrimination. Geneva: The UAE has stressed its interest in caring for those with disabilities through development of effective policies aimed at promoting community empowerment, enacting laws and taking measures that help eliminate all forms …

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Iranian ambassador calls on Army chief

DAWN.COM Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost on Saturday called on the Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa today to discuss matters of regional security and mutual interest. Ambassador Honardoost acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan Army’s contributions to regional peace and stability and expressed his appreciation for Operation …

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Pakistan invites UAE investors to invest in CPEC projects

Islamabad has invited UAE investors and companies to exploit investment opportunities in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Ambassador to UAE, Moazzam Ahmed Khan while speaking at a conference in Abu Dhabi said the reforms undertaken by the government have brought in macro-economic stability. On China Pakistan Economic Corridor, he said infrastructure expansion of …

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An Arab NATO? That’s a long way off

Jane Kinninmont Even as the US’s allies try to make sense of the Trump administration’s contradictory, and often critical, statements about NATO, a story has emerged claiming that the US administration wants to help build an Arab equivalent of the alliance. Whatever the exact status of this supposed policy – at a …

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India, Oman to hold counter-terror exercises

Plan to enhance interoperability and exchange skills The armies of India and Oman are scheduled to conduct their second bilateral exercise, Al Nagah-II 2017, in March with a focus on counter-terrorism. India has, of late, been deepening its defence cooperation with the region. The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral …

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Energy supply: Work on TAPI gas pipeline begins in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD:  After being in the works for the past 22 years, the multibillion-dollar Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (Tapi) gas pipeline project got under way on Friday. The pipeline will serve as an energy corridor between Central and South Asia. The inaugural ceremony of the Front and Engineering Design (FEED) was held to start …

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Why Trump won’t tear up Iran nuclear deal

By David A. Andelman (CNN) One of Donald Trump’s most vocal riffs during his campaign was “rip it up.” He was referring, of course, to the Iran agreement that is meant to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of the ayatollahs for at least a decade. Candidate Trump boasted he would rip …

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IRANIAN KURDS, A KEY PARTNER IN ‘CONTAINMENT OF IRAN’

BYARASH SALEH The role of liberal democracies and, above all, the United States is distinguished also by their capability for maintaining order in an international society based upon certain values. The deal that the six international powers made with Iran may have addressed Iran’s nuclear program, but it has created, …

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Turkey’s own refugees: Now Kurds turn to Europe for help

The war has ended but the destruction of Kurdish cities is still an ongoing process – this time by bulldozers. Jonathan Steele While European leaders woo and praise Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for generously hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, none of them mentions a discordant fact: more than …

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