Saudi, Pakistani officials discuss energy, mining ties in Islamabad

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A Saudi delegation held talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries. (SPA)
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A Saudi delegation held talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries. (SPA)
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A Saudi delegation held talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries. (SPA)
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A Saudi delegation held talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries. (SPA)
Updated 06 September 2019
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Saudi, Pakistani officials discuss energy, mining ties in Islamabad

  • Ayub welcomed the Saudi delegation, stressing that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the Kingdom
  • He said that Pakistan considers its relations with the Kingdom as long-standing fraternal relations that are rooted in the depth of history

ISLAMABAD: A high-level Saudi delegation held talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad to discuss ways of enhancing cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially in the fields of refining, mining and renewable energy.
The Pakistani side was represented in the talks by Minister for Power and Petroleum Omar Ayub Khan, while the Kingdom's delegation was led by the deputy minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer.
Ayub welcomed the Saudi delegation, stressing that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the Kingdom.
He said that Pakistan considers its relations with the Kingdom as long-standing fraternal relations that are rooted in the depth of history with multiple economic, political and strategic dimensions and cannot be compared with relations with any other country.
On Thursday, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir and UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan held talks with Pakistan’s Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi.
The leaders discussed matters of mutual interest, including growing bilateral ties and the security situation in the region.
The ministers arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday and met Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.


Indonesia sending back 547 containers of waste from West

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Indonesia sending back 547 containers of waste from West

  • Nine containers with at least 135 tons of waste were sent back to Australia on Wednesday
  • They were among 156 containers held in Tangerang port near Jakarta that will be returned soon to other countries

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesia is sending 547 containers of waste back to wealthy nations after discovering they were contaminated with used plastic and hazardous materials, amid a growing backlash in Southeast Asia against being a dumping ground for the developed world’s trash.

Nine containers with at least 135 tons of waste were sent back to Australia on Wednesday, customs director Heru Pambudi said at a news conference in Jakarta.

“Some food still remains there with liquid flowing,” Pambudi said as he showed the contents of several containers.

He said 91 other containers will be returned to Australia after administrative processes are complete.

They were among 156 containers held in Tangerang port near Jakarta that will be returned soon to other countries, including the US, New Zealand, Spain, Belgium and Britain, he said.

Pambudi said the government has stopped more than 2,000 containers this year in several ports in East Java, Jakarta, Tangerang and Batam near Singapore. So far it has sent back 331, which will be followed by 216 others to French, Germany, Greece, Netherlands. Slovenia, Canada, Japan and Hong Kong. Authorities are still investigating the rest.

The government announced in July that it had sent back nearly 60 containers of waste from Australia that were supposed to contain only paper but included household waste, used cans, plastic bottles, oil packaging, used electronics, used baby diapers and used footwear.

Pambudi said several Indonesian-owned companies that imported the waste must return it to the countries of origin within 90 days. No other sanctions were declared, although importing hazardous waste is a criminal offense with penalties of up to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to 12 billion rupiah ($850,000).

China banned the import of plastic waste at the end of 2017, resulting in more used plastic being sent to developing Southeast Asian nations.

A study published in June last year in the journal Science Advances that used United Nations data found other nations will need to find a home for more than 110 million tons of plastic waste by 2030 because of the Chinese ban.

Indonesia and China themselves are among the world’s biggest producers of plastic waste, which is increasingly fouling their land, seas and beaches.