LONDON: Tabassum Saleem and Alexis BACHELAY (député des Hauts-de-Seine en 2012 et conseiller municipal d’opposition à Colombes) have represented France at the World Conference held by the International Human Rights Commission Federation.
Addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience Alexis BACHELAY stated:
“Tabassum Saleem (International Delegate) and me (expert advisor of Geopolitical Club) represent France. The Geopolitical Club (GC) is a Think Tank which specializes in complex geopolitical and strategic issues. It brings together French decision-makers, politicians and various personalities from civil society.
“The GC aims to establish a constructive dialogue through its various symposia, workshops and seminars, to open the field of possibilities with regard to crisis recovery.
“The GC also wants to promote sport which, based on its values of respect, solidarity, sharing and self-improvement, can become a great lever for the development and cohesion of societies and territories.
“Lastly, GC’s ultimate goal is to ensure global peace and the development of democracy and human rights. For an optimal result, GC plans to be active not only locally, in logic proximity and local development, but also internationally, and we want to engage cooperation with international networks which are sharing our values.
“As a French think tank we are especially sensitive to the situation of human rights in the world.As you know, France is often called “PATIE des droits de l’homme”. It’s sometimes true, and sometimes difficult. Any way our goal is to show that French people have a true and strong implication in this subject.
One word about the refugees’ crisis. If the authorities are having difficulties in achieving a real politics of hospitality, the light of humanism comes from civil society. Collectivities, associations, NGOs offer a possibility to believe in a better world and an active participation of many to defend human rights. We want to show them, to help them and so we are here for this too”.
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.
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.