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US urges Pakistan to ‘do more’ against Taliban

Washington: US Vice President Mike Pence has urged Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that Pakistan “must do more” against the Taliban and other militants, the White House said on Saturday. “Vice President Pence reiterated President (Donald) Trump´s request that the Government of Pakistan must do more to address the continued …

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Talks on Iran nuclear deal amid questions on US commitment

VIENNA: Talks on the Iran nuclear deal got underway in Vienna today amid growing questions about the US commitment to the plan. President Donald Trump has vowed to walk away from the 2015 agreement in mid-May unless European countries join the US in addressing what the president says are its fatal flaws. …

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Pakistan has failed to take decisive actions against terrorists: White House

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has failed to take decisive actions against terror groups as sought by the Trump administration, the White House said on Friday, and warned Islamabad that the US is prepared to take actions on its own to safeguard its personnel in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trumphad announced his South Asia Policy in …

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There have been changes in Pakistan’s behaviour: Jim Mattis

WASHINGTON: There have been changes in Pakistan’s behaviour with respect to fight against terrorism, US defense secretary Jim Mattis has said. Mattis said that there are operations by the Pakistan military that are helping the US’s ongoing efforts against terrorism and have been for some time. “There have been changes in Pakistan’s …

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Pakistan can play key role in shaping Afghan Taliban’s behaviour: US diplomat

Haseeb Baloch A senior US diplomat has said that the United States believes Pakistan can play a much more important role in shaping the Afghan Taliban’s behaviour. A senior US diplomat has said that the United States believes Pakistan can play a much more important role in shaping the Afghan Taliban’s behaviour. The statement was made …

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US general dispels impression of friction with Pakistan

WASHINGTON: A top US general has dispelled the impression that the United States and Pakistan were on a collision course, saying they valued the military-to-military relationship with Pakistan. Gen Joseph Votel — who as head of the Central Command is responsible for all US military operations in the Pakistan-Afghan region …

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Shifting alliances as Pakistan manages relationship with US

AP ISLAMABAD: As Pakistan navigates its troubled relationship with the United States and scrambles to avoid being blacklisted for doing too little, too late to stop terror funding, regional alliances are shifting and analysts ponder whether a cozier relationship with countries like Russia will complicate efforts to move toward peace in neighboring Afghanistan. Russia, …

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U.S. May Seek to Put Pakistan on Terrorism-Finance List

NEW DELHI — The United States has indicated that it will seek to place Pakistan on a watch list of countries that are not doing enough to counter terrorism financing, threatening Islamabad with global isolation, according to a senior Pakistani official. The United States is likely to introduce the motion …

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China accuses US warship of violating its sovereignty

SHANGHAI: China’s foreign ministry has accused a US warship of entering its territorial waters without permission and said it would take “necessary measures” to ensure its sovereignty is protected. On the evening of Jan. 17, the missile destroyer USS Hopper came within 12 nautical miles of Huangyan Island in the South …

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U.S. troops will stay in Syria to counter ‘strategic’ threat from Iran

BEIRUT — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday committed the United States to an indefinite military presence in Syria, citing a range of policy goals that extend far beyond the defeat of the Islamic State as conditions for American troops to go home. But a crisis unfolding on the …

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