King of Jordan arrives in Islamabad

In this file photo, Jordan’s King Abdullah meets with members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, Feb. 3, 2015. (REUTERS)
Updated 08 February 2018

King of Jordan arrives in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: King of Jordan Abdullah II has arrived in Islamabad, on Thursday, on two day official visit to Pakistan.
He is visiting Islamabad on the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain, who welcomed the King at airport.
King Abdullah II is leading a high-level delegation, including senior officials and during his stay in Pakistani capital the King of Jordan will hold talks with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.
“Bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest will be discussed,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in statement
A key Pakistani lawmaker and Chairperson Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq told Arab News that the visit of King Abdullah II is an important development for bilateral ties.
“It shows the Jordon values its relations with Pakistan,” she added that Pakistan’s investment friendly policies “will also help to attract an investment from Jordan, this important visit can play significant role for enhancing bilateral economic ties.”


Eastern Libya forces say 16 Turkish soldiers killed in fighting

Updated 23 February 2020

Eastern Libya forces say 16 Turkish soldiers killed in fighting

BENGHAZI: Forces loyal to Libyan eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar said on Sunday they had killed 16 Turkish soldiers in recent weeks, a day after Turkey acknowledged it had lost several "martyrs" in combat in the north African country.
Khalid al-Mahjoub, a spokesman for Haftar's Libya National Army (LNA), said the Turks were killed in the port city of Misrata, in battles in Tripoli and in the town of al-Falah south of the capital.
Turkey backs Libya's weak internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) and has sent Syrian soldiers along with some of its own soldiers and weapons.
Haftar's forces are backed by the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday acknowleged some Turkish losses in Libya's "struggle".
"We are there (in Libya) with our (Turkish) soldiers and our teams from the Syrian National Army. We continue the struggle there. We have several martyrs. In return, however, we neutralized nearly a hundred (of Haftar's) legionaries," Erdogan said.
The Syrian National Army, also known as Free Syrian Army, is a Turkey-backed Syrian rebel group fighting against pro-Damascus forces in northern Syria, where 16 Turkish soldiers have been killed so far this month.
The deployment of Turkish soldiers and sophisticated air defences has erased small gains made by the LNA with the help of Russian mercenaries, returning the frontline roughly to where it was at start of Haftar's campaign in April 2019.
Ceasefire talks between Libya's warring sides resumed on Thursday after the GNA had pulled out of negotiations following the shelling of Tripoli's port by Haftar's forces.