King Abdullah concludes Pakistan visit

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi received King Abdullah II at the Prime Minister's House. (Photo courtesy: Information Ministry)
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King Abdullah II reviews guard of honor at the Prime Minister's House. (Photo courtesy: Information Ministry)
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President Mamnoon Hussain received King Abdullah II, on Thursday, when he arrived to Pakistan after 11 years. (Photo courtesy: Information Ministry)
Updated 09 February 2018
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King Abdullah concludes Pakistan visit

ISLAMABAD: King Abdullah II of Jordan completed his two-day visit to Pakistan on Friday.
During his visit, the king met Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. The leaders agreed to focus more intently on enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations between their two countries.
The current volume of that bilateral trade is $75 million, and the Pakistani leadership stressed to King Abdullah that they do not feel that figure fully reflects the “excellent brotherly relations” between their countries.
Abbasi discussed the success of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and his country’s commitment toward regional peace and stability.
On Friday morning, hours before leaving Islamabad, King Abdullah also met President Mamnoon Hussain and agreed to hold a Pakistan-Jordan Joint Ministerial Commission next month.
President Hussain stressed that Pakistan and Jordan are connected through deep political, cultural and historical links and proposed that there should be a regular exchange of trade delegations between them.
Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammed Faisal, said in his weekly press briefing on Friday that the visit provided an opportunity to explore ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in diverse areas of mutual interest.
“The visit of His Majesty King Abdullah II has given a new impetus to the existing fraternal bonds between the two brotherly countries,” Faisal added.
Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, National Assembly member Ijaz ul Haq, Commander of the Northern Air Command Air Vice Marshal Sarfraz Khan, and Base Commander Air Commodore Mujahid Hussain were present to bid farewell to King Abdullah.


Floods close airport in Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala

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Floods close airport in Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala

KOCHI: Flights in and out of the Indian tourist hotspot of Kerala were canceled for three days Wednesday as severe monsoon flooding ravaged the region.
At least 39 people have been killed in the past three weeks and more than 50,000 displaced in an area famed for its palm-lined beaches and tea plantations.
Authorities have opened the gates of 34 reservoirs as water reached dangerous levels.
Hundreds of villages have been flooded and the military has been called in to help with rescues.
More than 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) of roads and hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged across the state, officials said.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s office announced on Twitter that Kochi International Airport — the main gateway to the region — would be closed until Saturday “due to heavy rains and resultant flooding.”
A Kerala State Disaster Management Authority official said that the death toll was expected to rise.
A heavy rainfall “red-alert” has been issued across much of the state, which is home to around 33 million people, the official added.
“Our state is in the midst of an unprecedented flood havoc,” Vijayan said earlier this week. “The calamity has caused immeasurable misery and devastation.”
The US embassy last week advised Americans to avoid Kerala, which drew more than one million foreign tourists last year, according to official data.