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‘India treats guests like Gods, return with happy memories’, Sushma Swaraj to Pakistan group at Global youth peace fest

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CHANDIGARH: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that India treats its guests like Gods and pleases them with a constant smile.

“In Indian ethos, guests are treated like Gods, ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’, and they go back with happy memories of India,” Swaraj said while talking to the Pakistani delegation which arrived in the city to participate in the 11th edition of the annual Global Youth Peace Fest (GYPF).

A 20-member delegation of Pakistani youth, mostly girls, was led by Aliya Harir, founder of Aaghaze Dosti, an India-Pakistan friendship initiative.

Head of the Pakistani delegation, Aliya Harir at Chandigarh

Head of the Pakistani delegation, Aliya Harir at Chandigarh (Photo: Twitter)

Swaraj interacted with the delegation and enquire about their safety and well-being. She also called the organisers of the event and asked him to ensure full support and assistance to the Pakistani delegation.

The minister also enquired from Pramod Sharma, coordinator of Yuvsatta, about where the delegates are staying, their local activities and when they are scheduled to return.

She also told them that if at any stage, they face any problem, they must immediately let her know.

Aliya Harir praised Swaraj’s gratitude and said that they were worried about the security, but now they feel safe.

“All of us have been getting calls from family members asking about our well-being,” said Aliya, adding that they are receiving great behaviour from the Indian side.

Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was earlier scheduled to address the delegation at 9.30 am Saturday. However, the organisers got a call Friday evening that the address by the High Commissioner had been cancelled.




 

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US Senator Graham calls on PM Khan

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ISLAMABAD: Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called on PM Imran Khan here today. 

During the meeting, PM reiterated his government’s commitment to continue working with the US and other regional stakeholders in order to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. Khan further stressed the need for normalizing relations with all neighboring countries to unleash the potential of regional cooperation. Imran Khan said that his economic team was constantly striving to evolve business-friendly policies for potential investors which could be benefited by the US companies.

Senator Graham, lauding PM’s vision apropos political solution to the Afghan conflict,  conveyed his appreciation of Pakistan’s positive role in the ongoing efforts to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. He also appreciated PM’s endeavor vis-a-vis improvement of the economy, elimination of corruption and creation of jobs. He termed Imran Khan’s efforts to normalize relations with neighboring countries as noteworthy.

It is pertinent to mention here that  Lindsey Graham is Chairman of the US Senate’s Judicial Committee and Senior Member of the committees of the House on armed services and budget.

Earlier Senator Lindsey Graham called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here today. During the meeting,  views on matters related to bilateral cooperation, situation in Afghanistan, regional and international issues were discussed. Various aspects to increase bilateral cooperation in economic and trade sectors were also pondered over.

 

 

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US Sp. Envoy Khalilzad’s Pak visit ends today

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ISLAMABAD:  Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Islamabad from 17th to 20th January 2019 to follow up on discussions held in December. 

Special Representative Khalilzad met Prime Minister Khan, Foreign Minister Qureshi, Foreign Secretary Janjua, Chief of Army Staff Bajwa, and members of the diplomatic corps in Islamabad. 

During the consultations, both sides reaffirmed their commitment to advance the Afghan peace process.  Ambassador Khalilzad highlighted that all countries in the region will benefit from peace in Afghanistan.

 

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Syria: Bomb blast in a bus kills 3 

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BEIRUT: A bomb blast in a bus killed three civilians Sunday in the northern Syrian city of Afrin on the first anniversary of a Turkish attack on the Kurdish-majority region, a war monitor said.
Nine other people, including fighters, were killed in the explosion, said the head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Turkish troops and allied rebel groups seized the Afrin region from Kurdish forces in March last year after a two-month air and ground offensive.

 

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