Posts tagged ‘talks’

July 5, 2011

Anne Hathaway talks about her new relation | Anne Hathaways Relation With Adam Shulman

Anne HathawayActress Anne Hathaway is romancing with actor Adam Shulman, says that as for now, things are working out “great”. “So far, it’s worked out great… Mellow doesn’t always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life,” she told Harper’s Bazaar magazine, reports TimesOfIndia. Anne was dating Raffaello Follieri for four long years and separated in the year 2008 after fraud allegations, said imdb.com.

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June 30, 2011

China says military talks with India successful

Both sides say they are willing to work hard together to ensure peace and tranquility on the border. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING: China’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that a recent visit by an Indian military delegation had been successful and would benefit relations after a freeze in ties last year over a visa row.

“Last year, Sino-Indian military exchanges experienced some
difficulties, but both sides worked hard to find a good way
of resolving this,” ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a news
conference, according to a transcript posted on the ministry’s
website.

“Both sides said that they were willing to work hard
together to ensure peace and tranquility on the border and
further promote exchanges between their militaries,” Yang said.

India and China, emerging rivals for resources and global
influence, fought a border in the 1960s and have been wary
neighbours ever since. China also occupies a part of the
Himalayan region of Kashmir which India claims as its own.
Yang said he believed the visit had been conducive towards
promoting trust and the development of military relations.

“China hopes that China and India can further promote
the development of military ties,” Yang said, without giving any
other details.

China last August denied a visa to an Indian general in
charge of operations in the disputed Kashmir region, which lead
to a suspension of military contacts between the two growing
powers.

India protested in 2009 against a Chinese embassy policy of
issuing different visas to residents of Indian Kashmir. New
Delhi bristles at any hint that Kashmir, where a separatist
insurgency has raged for two decades, is not part of India.
India’s old rival Pakistan also claims Kashmir.

June 30, 2011

Core group talks: No let-up in shelling militants, says Pakistan

Pakistani foreign secretary Salman Bashir listens to a question during a media briefing about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the foreign ministry in Islamabad on May 5, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: 

Islamabad has made it clear to Washington and Kabul that shelling on the Afghanistan-based militants from Pakistan would continue in the future, as it was necessary to counter terrorists who have been consistently attacking Pakistan’s security forces over the past weeks, Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq told The Express Tribune.

Pakistan took this position at a Core Group Meeting with US special envoy Marc Grossman and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Ludin in Kabul on Tuesday.

Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir explained during the meeting that the bombardment was not directed at Afghan civilians.

A similar meeting between the US, Afghan and Pakistan security officials also took place at the Army Headquarters in Peshawar the same day, highly placed sources told The Express Tribune.

The officials were to discuss cross border strikes by Afghan militants and Pakistan’s retaliation operations.

Shelling by Pakistan on Afghan militants during the week has so far claimed several civilian lives besides a large number of miscreants who crossed over to Pakistan to attack its security forces.

Ambassador Sadiq was summoned by the Afghan ministry of foreign affairs last week to receive a demarche over the shelling which, according to the Afghan media, led to the deaths of several civilians, forcing others to flee their houses in Kunar and adjoining areas.

The recent shelling on Afghan villages by Pakistan’s security forces was not an intentional act on the part of its forces, Sadiq told the Afghan foreign minister.

“Several hundred civilians and security personnel were killed by Afghan militants who crossed over into Dir and Bajaur during the last few weeks, Sadiq said, adding “the armed lashkars from across the border targeted Pakistan’s security forces six times during the last three months”.

US-Taliban contacts

Ambassador Sadiq confirmed that Washington was in contact with the Taliban for reconciliation. However, he said that at present there was no discussion between the US and Afghan Taliban on reconciliation and transition.

“Washington was in contact with former Taliban spokesman Syed Agha,” he said, adding that they had held three meetings in the past in Qatar, Kandahar and Germany.

Contact with Syed Agha was arranged by Germany which is pleading for a negotiated settlement of the Afghan crisis. “We have learnt that both sides have exchanged terms and conditions for the talks,” Sadiq explained.

Regarding reports of talks between the UK and the Afghan Taliban, Sadiq said there were no such negotiations between the two parties.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2011.