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

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.


North Cyprus head stands firm in row over Turkey criticism

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North Cyprus head stands firm in row over Turkey criticism

  • Akinci’s opponents in northern Nicosia called an extraordinary session of parliament Monday to press for his resignation, saying he had damaged ties with the country’s only patron
  • Akinci said that Turkey, which still maintains 30,000-40,000 troops in the TRNC, should focus on improving its relations with the EU, which has condemned the Turkish offensive in Syria

NICOSIA: The leader of breakaway northern Cyprus, Mustafa Akinci, stood firm in the face of calls to resign on Monday after criticizing Turkey’s military offensive in Syria.
Akinci, president of the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, took the rare step over the weekend of criticizing Turkey, the only country that recognizes the TRNC.
“Even if we call it ‘Peace Spring’, it is blood that is spilling and not water,” he wrote on Facebook, referring to the codename of the Turkish military operation against Kurdish-held northeast Syria launched last Wednesday.
He also called for “dialogue and diplomacy.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded on Sunday that the Turkish Cypriot leader had “totally overstepped his bounds.”
Erdogan warned: “At the given time, we will deliver an appropriate response.”
Akinci’s opponents in northern Nicosia called an extraordinary session of parliament Monday to press for his resignation, saying he had damaged ties with the country’s only patron.
But Akinci rejected the complaints as “unjust,” although he sought to nuance his remarks on Facebook.
“It is our common desire that Turkey gets rid of the scourge of terrorism that it has suffered a lot,” he said in a statement.
“However, I believe that it’s time for the war... on Syrian soil to come to an end,” he added.
Undaunted, Akinci asked: “Since when has defending peace become a crime?” And he added that the divided Mediterranean island’s Turkish Cypriots were not dependent on Ankara’s patronage.
“Turkey has done more than anyone to support the Turkish Cypriot people and state. However, Turkish Cypriots have reached their current position through their own great struggles,” he said.
The republic was created after Turkey invaded northern Cyprus in 1974 following a Greek Cypriot coup aimed at uniting the island with Greece, and it has remained divided.
Akinci also said that Turkey, which still maintains 30,000-40,000 troops in the TRNC, should focus on improving its relations with the European Union, which has condemned the Turkish offensive in Syria.
The Greek Cypriot-run Republic of Cyprus in the south, a country which Ankara does not recognize, is an EU member.