China’s EV architect says investing in Europe a way forward

Hefei: The man who spearheaded China’s electric car strategy said Wednesday that Chinese investment in the European electric vehicles industry could be a way forward for both sides amid trade tensions. “I believe the governments [of China and the European Union] are now considering how, through negotiations, they can combine investment together with commodity trade,” […]

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MoU signed to promote ‘Made in Pakistan Products’ in France

Celina Ali Islamabad: Pakistan’s Ambassador to France Asim Iftikhar Ahmad this week attended a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony between Business Forum and International Business & Professional Corporation aimed at boosting commerce and trade activities and promoting ‘Made in Pakistan’ Products in France. Participants appreciated the working of Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC), which […]

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Denmark to help Pakistan with green transition: Ambassador Jakob Linulf

Celina Ali Islamabad: Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan Jakob Linulf said this week that Denmark will continue to help Pakistan with green transition. In an interview, the Ambassador shared insights into Denmark’s extensive efforts to aid Pakistan in climate change adaptation and green transition. Ambassador Linulf, with his vast experience in trade, business promotion, climate, […]

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France deepens military ties with Germany, Poland

Paris: France, Germany and Poland agreed this week to deepen defense cooperation ahead of a snap election that could see the far-right National Rally enter the French government. French Armed Forces Minister Sébastien Lecornu shared the stage with his German and Polish counterparts, Boris Pistorius and Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz, to make the announcements on joint exercises, […]

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Pakistan to follow China to promote business opportunities

Celina Ali Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said this week that his country will seek assistance from Chinese experts to establish a pilot facilitation center modeled after the one-stop shop in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, to promote a business and investor-friendly environment. Addressing a meeting to enhance business opportunities and facilitate the business […]

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Sherry Rehman elected chair of Senate panel on climate change

Liaquat Ali Islamabad: Senator Sherry Rehman was this week unanimously elected as the chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change. Her nomination by Senator Qurratulain Marri was seconded by Senator Agha Shahzaib Durrani. In her acceptance speech, Senator Sherry Rehman expressed gratitude to her colleagues for their support and confidence in her leadership. […]

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Macron: France facing ‘very serious’ moment as far-right and far-left lead polls

Borgo Egnazia: France is facing a “very serious” moment as parliamentary elections loom, said President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, with financial markets rattled by the country’s far-right and far-left political blocs currently leading polls. Political uncertainty has already triggered a brutal sell-off of French bonds and stocks after Macron unexpectedly called the election, following a […]

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China, Pakistan to further advance CPEC

Celina Ali Islamabad: China and Pakistan agreed to further deepen economic cooperation and advance the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project during talks between Chinese Premier Li Qiang and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Beijing this week. The two sides signed a number of bilateral cooperation documents after their talks in such fields as transport, […]

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Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in talks to boost Kazakh oil transit

Astana: Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are in discussions to increase the transit of Kazakh oil through Azerbaijan, potentially raising the volume to between five and seven million tonnes per annum (mtpa). Zaur Gakhramanov, an adviser to the president of SOCAR, Azerbaijan’s state-owned oil business, confirmed the development. Kazakhstan is actively seeking to diversify its energy export […]

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Italy, Iran, senior diplomats confer on Syria situation

Tehran: Italian Foreign Ministry Special Envoy for Syria Stefano Ravagnan met the Iranian foreign minister’s senior adviser for special political affairs Ali Asghar Khaji this week and discussed the latest developments in Syria on national and foreign fields. Expressing concern regarding the difficult economic situation of the Syrian people and the reduction of humanitarian aid, […]

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Pakistan, Kazakhstan decide to strengthen bilateral relations

Liaquat Ali Islamabad: Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Yerzhan Kistafan this week met Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Chaudhry Salik Hussain and discussed issues of mutual interest and bilateral relations. During the meeting, it was agreed to further promote bilateral relations and share Pakistani students data with Kazakhstan so that there should not be any […]

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Faisal Karim Kundi questions logic of making May 9-tainted people ministers

Lahore: In an apparent reference to the PTI leaders, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Governor Faisal Karim Kundi this week said that when those involved in incidents of violence of May 9 would become ministers, people would raise eyebrows. Addressing a press conference in Lahore, he reiterated the demand that perpetrators of these crimes be brought to […]

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78th Republic Day: Italy for international peace, stability

Newswire Rome: On the 78th anniversary of Italy’s Republic Day, President Sergio Mattarella laid the traditional laurel wreath at the Milite Ignoto at the Altare della Patria, in Piazza Venezia Rome this week. Presidents of the Chamber and Senate, Ignazio La Russa and Lorenzo Fontana, and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni were also in attendance. To […]

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French Ambassador Nicolas Galey celebrates second edition of Alumni Days

Celina Ali Islamabad: The French Residence in Islamabad was abuzz with excitement as Ambassador Nicolas Galey this week welcomed members of the business and education communities, distinguished guests, and former students to celebrate the second edition of Alumni Days in Pakistan. This event was part of a global initiative to connect and celebrate international graduates […]

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China-Europe freight train trips surpass 90,000, energizing high-quality BRI development

Xi’an: A train fully loaded with diverse goods departed from Xi’an, the capital city of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province this week, bound for Malaszewicze, Poland, marking a significant milestone as the total number of China-Europe freight train trips has surpassed 90,000. To date, China-Europe freight trains have transported more than 8.7 million twenty-foot equivalent unit […]

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Ambassador Jakob Linulf reiterates Denmark’s commitment to Green Framework Agreement

Celina Ali Islamabad: Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan Jakob Linulf this week reiterated his government’s efforts for implementation of Green Framework Agreement with Pakistan. “Met with the newly appointed Secretary at @MoCCPak, Eazaz Dar, to discuss green projects in and steps forward for implementation of the ‘Action Plan’ under the Green Framework Agreement signed between […]

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Xi, Putin highlight need to safeguard fairness, justice

Cao Desheng Beijing: President Xi Jinping this week reiterated that the fundamental solution to the Ukraine crisis lies in promoting a new type of balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture, highlighting China’s readiness to play a positive role in advancing a political settlement of the protracted Russia-Ukraine conflict. Xi made the remarks while meeting with […]

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Meloni: “We European Conservatives are the engine and protagonists of the Renaissance”

Rome: “Today may be a different moment, we are ahead of decisive European elections because for the first time the result of such elections could put an end to unnatural and counterproductive majorities. It’s time to up the ante. We European Conservatives are the engine and protagonists of the Renaissance of our continent.” This was […]

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China, France to cooperate on Notre-Dame restoration

Beijing: China and France will work together on the restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and the protection of China’s Terracotta Warriors. According to the Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum in Shaanxi Province, the joint research endeavor with France’s Foundation for Cultural Heritage Sciences will predominantly focus on the protection of wooden remains and earthen […]

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Senate Chairman Gilani appreciates Christian Community’s role in country’s uplift

Liaquat Ali Multan: Chairman Senate Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said this week that Christian community was performing important role in country’s uplift. He said this during lunch in his honour given by Christian Community, led by MNA Naveed Amir Jeeva, at a local hotel. Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani observed that he himself got education from […]

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Bilawal Bhutto urges political parties to engage in dialogue

Abdullah Jan Lahore: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari this week emphasised the necessity of dialogue among political parties. “If the political parties wouldn’t talk to each other, the problems would not be resolved,” stated Bilawal while addressing a seminar in Lahore. Discussing the significance of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference, the PPP […]

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Kazakhstan highlights OIC’s vital role in ensuring peace in Muslim states

Astana: Kazakhstan stressed the significance of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) role in ensuring peace and security in several Muslim countries during the 15th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference in Gambia on May 4-5, reported the ministry’s press service. A Kazakh delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister Alibek Bakayev and other event participants […]

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