Posts tagged as: President Obama

Nawaz Sharif asks Taliban to renounce violence

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the Taliban will have to renounce terrorism if peace talks are to move forward. The Prime Minister said, “we evolved a consensus… on a joint strategy to put an end to terrorism in Pakistan [through peace talks].” The Prime Minister told the Wall Street Journal during his first visit to […]

Cabinet to discuss Taliban talks, security situation

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif presides over meeting of the federal cabinet later on Friday to discuss the proposed talks with the Taliban and overall security situation in the country, official sources said. The Prime minister is also likely to take the cabinet ministers on the release of the top Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani […]

Obama furious after Vladimir Putin unfriends him on Facebook

The turmoil that was generated between Russia and the United States after President Vladimir Putin granted asylum to Edward Snowden,  an American computer specialist who said he worked for the CIA and leaked details of several top-secret United States and British government mass surveillance programs to the press, last month escalated even further when President […]

Pakistan to lodge protest against US drones at UN

Pakistan will formally lodge its protest on US drone attacks in the UN General Assembly session next month, the country’s top official said Friday.   Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a policy statement in National Assembly said the US attacks violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and international laws.   “A breakthrough is expected on the […]

Obama cancels military exercise with Egypt in wake of violence

President Obama says the United States is cancelling its biennial joint military exercise with Egypt, scheduled for September, in response to violence in the country between Egyptian security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood.  “While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in […]

U.S. considers faster pullout in Afghanistan:NYT

Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials, US media has reported.   Mr. Obama is […]

Obama, Karzai support Taliban talks

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai have stressed the importance of Afghan-led reconciliation efforts, as a row over the Taliban office has derailed peace efforts in the country.   In their talks via video teleconference, the two leaders reaffirmed that an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process is “the surest way” to […]

Pakistan disagrees with Obama notion on drone strikes

Pakistan on Friday opposed U.S. drone strikes hours after President Barack Obama defended the use of controversial drone mission as self-defence against the militants.   Addressing the National Defense University in Washington on Thursday President Obama defended the use of drones and said, “We are at war with an organisation that right now would kill […]

President Obama calls Nawaz Sharif after election victory

U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday called Nawaz Sharif and congratulated him on his party’s election victory, state media reported.   President Obama said the United States wants to further strengthen friendly and trade relations with Pakistan, radio Pakistan reported.   Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party emerged as the single largest party in the […]

U.S. not to leave Afghanistan, says Ambassador Olson

Richard Olson US Ambassador

The U.S. ambassador in Islamabad, Richard Olson, on Wednesday said that the United States will not leave Afghanistan and will not repeat the mistake of late 80s.   “Let me be clear, the United States is not leaving Afghanistan. The terms of engagement might change, but the commitment will not,” the envoy said in a […]

Obama says to withdraw 34,000 troops from Afghanistan in one year

U.S. President Barack Obama has said in his State of the Union address that over the next year, another 34,000 U.S. troops will withdraw from Afghanistan.   “Tonight, I can announce that over the next year, another 34,000 American troops will come home from Afghanistan,” Obama said in his prime-time State of the Union address […]

Barack Obama takes oath for second term

Fulfilling the US constitutional requirement, Barack Hussein Obama took oath as president for the second term at a succinct White House ceremony.   Obama’s midday oath-taking on Sunday is part of a series of second-term inauguration celebration events that culminate at a grand public ceremony on Monday, when the first African-American president will take oath […]


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