DUBAI: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a bilateral meeting with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Dubai.
PM is here to attend the 7th edition of the World Government Summit*. He is accompanied by Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Maritime Affairs, and Adviser on Commerce.
It is pertinent to mention here that PM will also be meeting IMF Chief Christine Lagarde endeavoring to speed up IMF bailout talks.
*The annual gathering of heads of states and governments, policy makers and experts will provide an opportunity to discuss improvement in governance through reform, innovation, and technology.
Libyan children ‘at imminent risk of injury or death’ as conflict escalates: UN
UNITED NATIONS: An increasing number of children are “at imminent risk of injury or death”, two senior UN officials have warned, citing a surge of aggression in crisis-torn Libya.
General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), which controls much of eastern and southern Libya, has waged a two-week military campaign to take Tripoli, the capital, from fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Government.
Calling the escalation in fighting “the worst in years”, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, issued a statement reminding all of Libya’s warring parties that they are obliged “to protect children at all times in full compliance with international law”.
“Killing, injuring and recruiting children, and attacks on education, medical and water facilities are all grave violations of children’s rights and must cease immediately”, they stated, reminding that in line with Security Council resolution 2427, “prevention measures must be put in place to better protect children”.
Together they also urged for “safe and unimpeded humanitarian access to all children in need, and for a ceasefire to allow civilians to safely leave areas under conflict”.
Nearly 1,800 children are among the civilians who need urgently to be evacuated from frontline fighting, as the raging violence has already displaced 7,300 others, the two UN officials said. Moreover, around 500,000 children are estimated to be affected by violence across the country’s west.
“Children trapped in conflict areas are at risk of running out of food and losing access to medical care” they explained. “Unable to leave these areas, they cannot safely seek protection or assistance”.
Pointing out that the violence has also left nearly 1,000 refugee and migrant children held in detention centres “in grave danger”, Ms Fore and Ms Gamba stressed that “they should be immediately released and provided with safe shelter until their asylum claims can be processed or they can be provided with safe repatriation assistance for reunification with their families”.
Saudi Arabia to host G20 summit in 2020
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will be hosting the G20 summit next year, state news agency SPA said Wednesday.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will host the 15th annual G20 Leaders’ Summit on Nov. 21 and 22, 2020 in the capital city, Riyadh,” it said.
It said next year’s summit will be the first to be hosted by an Arab country.
The summit’s agenda will include financial, economic and social issues including energy, the environment, climate, the digital economy, trade, agriculture, healthcare, education and labor.
The G20 consists of Germany, the U.S., Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Indonesia, France, South Africa, South Korea, India, the U.K., Italy, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the European Union.
Pakistan, KSA tied in religious historic bonds
ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said here today Pakistan & Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) were tied in strong religious, cultural and historic bonds.
“Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Pakistan are like two bodies and one soul. Our sorrow, happiness, and destination are the same. Both the countries are the symbol of peace, brotherhood, progress, and prosperity”, he said.
He expressed these views while talking to Imam-e- Kaaba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani who called on him at Parliament house said a news release.
The speaker said every Muslim in Pakistan has great respect and affection to the custodian of the Al Harmain Al Shareefen.
The Speaker said the Muslim world was facing multiple challenges at present and Muslim countries have to create unity among their ranks and shun differences to overcome these challenges.
While appreciating the role of KSA to unite the Muslim Ummah, he said unity and close cooperation between Muslim countries was the need of the hour.
He said following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace be Upon Him) was the only solution of all socio-economic issues being faced by the world.
He added that Islam teaches peace and brotherhood and abhor all kinds and manifestation of terrorism and extremism. He said KSA and Pakistan could defeat the forces of extremism and terrorism by enhancing cooperation and collaboration at all forums.
He mentioned that the recent visit of the Crown Prince of KSA has strengthened the bilateral relations between both the nations.
The Speaker eulogized the efforts of Imam-e-Kaaba in spreading peace and great values of Islam all across the world. He also applauded the positive role of KSA in international affairs. He said KSA role in the world to resolve the conflict was exemplary.
Stressing the need for enhancing bilateral Parliamentary relations between both the nations, the Speaker said that Parliament of Pakistan was committed to strengthen the relationship between Pakistan and KSA.
Imam-e- Kaaba Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al-Juhani has said that success in this world and hereafter would be possible by following the teachings of Islam. He mentioned that deviation from the golden principles of Islam and differences in the ranks of Muslim Ummah were causes of the increasing terrorism, extremism and other challenges being faced by the Ummah. He said Pakistan always ranked high in the eyes of the government of KSA.
Imam-e-Kaaba also led the Zuhr prayer at Speaker House and prayed for the peace and progress of Ummah. The Minister for Foreign Affair Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Ahmed Chaudhry, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony
Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, Minister for Health Amir Kiyani, Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, and Parliamentarians were also present on the occasion.