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N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets top Chinese official, calls for stronger ties with China!

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PYONGYANG: A top Chinese official Song Tao (head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee’s international department, who was leading an art troupe to a spring festival here) has been personally greeted by N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un today.

On the occasion Kim Jong Un called for stronger ties with Beijing as the traditional allies seek to heal battered relations. Chinese delegation arrived just weeks after Kim made a surprise visit to Beijing and met Chinese President Xi Jinping, signaling an attempt by both leaders to shore up a key alliance ahead of a period of high-stakes diplomacy.

 Kim is expected to hold summits with South Korean President Moon Jae-in this month and US President Donald Trump in the following weeks.

According to details Kim welcomed Song and his delegation in a meeting today at which Song conveyed Xi’s “warm greetings”. The two exchanged profound views on the important matters of mutual concern and the international situation, KCNA said, without providing details.

The Supreme Leader said that he would positively carry forward and develop the traditional DPRK-China friendship into a fresh phase of development as required by a new era. On his trip to Beijing, Kim had witnessed the remarkable achievement made by China and was happy for the brotherly Chinese people.

 

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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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Pak-Iran train service restores in Chaghi

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CHAGHI: The Pakistan and Iran train services have been restored after completing the rescue activities here today.
According to the Railway sources, three days back the cargo train was de-tracked due to failing an engine resulting around 100 feet railway track was damaged in this incident.
After a hectic effort of the Railway department with several labor workers, the service of Railway reopened and track reconstructed in a short time period.

 

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