PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron seems to have placed himself at odds with the Trump administration over US future in Syria yesterday (15th of April).
According to details Macron had claimed credit for changing Trump’s views, who held that he wanted to pull American troops out of the country, where about 2,000 are fighting IS.
But White House contradicted his claim that American forces would remain in the region long-term by saying: “The (US) president has been clear that he wants US forces to come home as quickly as possible.”
President Emmanuel Macron sought to clarify his comments on French and US military operations in Syria, saying both countries were committed to finishing the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group and helping the peace process there.
Asked about a difference in position, Macron said both countries had the same military goal but also had the same long-term target of building a stable and peaceful Syria.
“We have one military objective and only one: the war against ISIS,” he told a press conference, using an alternative name for the extremist group that is also sometimes to referred to as Daesh.
“The White House is right to recall that the military engagement is against Daesh and will finish the day that the war against Daesh has been completed. France has the same position,” he said. “I suggested no change last night.”
US Senator Graham calls on PM Khan
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.
Relevant piece: Prime Minister Imran Khan today reiterated his government’s commitment to continue working with the United States and other regional stakeholders to find a political settlement in Afghanistan. He also underscored the need for normalizing relations with all the neighboring countries to unleash the potential of regional cooperation. The prime minister was talking to senior US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who called on him. Senator Graham is visiting Pakistan to discuss bilateral ties and review the regional security situation. The prime minister said his economic team was constantly striving to evolve business-friendly policies for potential investors, which could be benefited by the US companies. In view of the historical linkages between Pakistan and the US, the two sides agreed to deepen the bilateral economic ties particularly in the context of trade and investment cooperation. Senator Graham conveyed his appreciation of Pakistan’s positive role in the on-going efforts to find a political settlement in Afghanistan.
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.
US Sp. Envoy Khalilzad’s Pak visit ends today
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.
Syria: Bomb blast in a bus kills 3
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.