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Day: January 13, 2023

Pakistan, UAE agree to further strengthen strategic partnership in diverse fields

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to intensify consultation and coordination to strengthen strategic partnership and cooperation particularly in the field of information and communication technologies. In a joint statement on Friday issued at the conclusion of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's two-day official visit to UAE where he held a bilateral meeting with President of UAE Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, it has been stated that the two sides agreed to developing tangible and meaningful bilateral cooperation in key areas. The two sides agreed to work together for bridging the digital divide. During talks, Pakistan and the UAE reaffirmed their historical and brotherly ties, rooted in shared religion, culture, values, and pursuit of regional and g...

Minister for National Food Security dispels impression of wheat shortage in country

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Food Security, Tariq Bashir Cheema has dispelled the impression that there is any dearth of wheat in the country and termed propaganda against its shortage as baseless. Addressing a news conference here in Islamabad on Friday, he said the federal government has imported wheat costing two billion rupees despite financial constraints to meet its requirement in the country. The Minister said provinces have also sufficient wheat stocks, but they are not releasing it due to which the prices have increased. He urged the provincial governments to take action against wheat hoarders to ensure its availability in the market. Tariq Bashir Cheema said provision of wheat to the mills is responsibility of the provinces. He stressed the need to avoid political point...

PM thanks EU for its commitment of $97m for flood affectees

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday thanked the European Union for its commitment of 97 million dollars for Pakistan’s flood affectees. In a tweet, he said multifaceted relations between Pakistan and the European Union have grown over the decades. The Prime Minister said European Union continues to remain one of Pakistan's largest trading and development partners and export destinations.

Envoy seeks enhanced economic ties between Pakistan, Washington State

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan has sought enhanced economic ties between Pakistan and Washington State. He was talking to Governor Danny Heck during his visit to the capital of Washington State. Masood Khan said Pakistan and the United States enjoy a unique equation that had withstood test of times, says a press release received here on Friday from Washington State. He said United States has remained the leading development partner of Pakistan for past 75 years. Our shared values and objectives provide strong underpinnings for forging robust partnerships in all domains and working together for regional and global peace and socio-economic development. Referring to the recent floods in Pakistan and generous support provided by the US, especially an...

Pakistan calls for implementation of UNSC resolutions on Kashmir, Palestine disputes

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has called for the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on Kashmir and Palestine disputes calling for the right to self-determination of people in both places. Taking part in a debate on 'the Rule of Law among Nations' at the Security Council, Pakistan permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Munir Akram, said the Council needs to actively promote the resolution of conflicts and disputes that will ensure international peace and security. He said the Security Council has not been able to secure consistent implementation of its own resolutions relating to Palestine or Jammu and Kashmir so the right to self-determination of people there has been suppressed brutally and foreign occupation has been allowed to persist over several de...

Pakistan hands over presidency of Group of 77 and China to Cuba

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has handed over the presidency of the Group of 77 and China to the Republic of Cuba. According to a press release received here on Friday from New York, the handover of G77 Chairmanship took place in a dignified ceremony held in the Trusteeship Council, at the United Nations Headquarters, where Pakistan handed over the Presidency of Group of 77 and China to the Republic of Cuba. Speaking on the occasion via a pre-recorded message, Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that “the Group of 77 and China has been instrumental in maintaining development at the heart of the United Nations and focus of development partners towards the triple crises faced by the developing countries owing to Covid-19 Pandemic, war in Ukraine and accompanying restriction...