US, Turkey say plan reached to resolve rift over Syria town

File photo showing US special forces personnel working with Kurdish allies who played a key role in battles against Daesh in Syria. (AFP)
Updated 04 June 2018
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US, Turkey say plan reached to resolve rift over Syria town

WASHINGTON: The United States and Turkey say they have agreed on a “roadmap” to resolve a rift between the two NATO allies over the strategic north Syrian town of Manbij.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. A joint statement from the two governments says they “endorsed a roadmap” that aims to “ensure the security and stability in Manbij.”
The statement included no details and the State Department had no immediate comment.
But Cavusoglu says US-backed Syrian Kurdish militia groups will withdraw from Manbij under a plan that could be implemented within six months. He says US and Turkish officials would temporarily ensure security in Manbij.
Kurdish-led forces captured Manbij from Daesh militants in 2016.


Pakistan PM Khan speaks with India’s Modi to congratulate him on election win

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pakistan PM Khan speaks with India’s Modi to congratulate him on election win

  • Modi shocked many with his decisive victory in this election
  • Tensions have flared between the two countries earlier this year

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday spoke to Narendra Modi and congratulated the Indian leader on the runaway election victory of his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), both countries said on Sunday.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today and congratulated him on his party’s electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections in India,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement.
“The Prime Minister expressed his desire for both countries to work together for the betterment of their peoples.”
Tensions between India and Pakistan, both nuclear-armed countries, flared in February with cross-border air strikes and a brief battle between fighter jets above Kashmir.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs confirmed Khan had called Modi on Sunday, adding the two leaders had discussed fighting poverty together.
“He (Modi) stressed that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism were essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in our region,” the ministry added in a statement.