International News

Saudi FM urges US to pressure Israel

Damascus, May 24: Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has urged the new US administration to pressure Israel to reach peace by granting the just rights of the Palestinian people.

Addressing a foreign ministers’ meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference here Saturday, he called on Arab countries and the Palestinians to unite in confronting the challenges they face at the hands of the Israeli enemy.

Pak will give up nukes, if India does too: Haqqani

Washington,  May 23: Stating that Pakistan's nuclear weapon is a "deterrent" against India, the country's top diplomat to the US on Saturday expressed willingness to enter into an agreement with New Delhi to phase out all atomic arms possessed by the two countries.

Appearing on the US television to make a public appeal to the Americans to donate USD five each through cell phone for the refugees of Swat Valley, Pakistan Ambassador to the US Hussein Haqqani insisted that the nuclear weapons of his country are safe and there should be no concern about their security.

US stresses on Pakistan-India cooperation for SA peace

Washington, Saturday, May 23: As Congress party regained government in New Delhi, the Unite States Friday underscored the importance of cooperation between Pakistan and India toward ensuring peace and stability in South Asian.

“Obviously, we have seen reports recently without getting into any details, of intelligence sharing, which I think, denotes important cooperation that we think is needed on both sides in order to ensure peace and stability in the region,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said at the daily briefing.

Statement by Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu at the 36th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers OIC

Date: 23/05/2009 -

DAMASCUS – SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC 28 JUMADA I 1430 H
(23 MAY 2009)

Your Excellency President Bashar Al Assad,
President of the Syrian Arab Republic
Your Excellencies,
Honorable Heads of Delegation,

AJK President discuss Kashmir with FCO official

LONDON, May 21 (APP): The latest situation prevailing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir was the focus of discussion in a meeting between the visiting Azad Kashmir President Raja Zulqarnain Khan and Philip Barton, Director, South Asia, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  The AJK President urged the UK Government to play a pro-active role in resolving this problem, saying that the UN resolution on Kashmir continues to remain unimplemented.

Raja Zulqarnain seek British MPs help on Kashmir

LONDON, May 21 (APP): Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Raja Zulqarnain Khan has pleaded for the continuous support of the members of the British Parliament for the Kashmir cause and said the people of the State must not be denied their right to self-determination. Speaking at the House of Commons last night on discussion organised by Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement, he spoke against putting Kashmir issue on the back burner.

Earthquake hits Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, May 20, 2009     RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's earthquake monitoring service is urging residents of several villages in the kingdom's western region to evacuate after it recorded a temblor measuring5.39 on the Richter scale.

The Saudi National Center for Earthquakes and Volcanos said in a statement Wednesday the pre-dawn quake caused no damage or injuries. But it urged residents of five villages west of the holy city of Medina to head to tent camps and shelters set up by authorities.

Iran test-fires new medium-range missile: Ahmadinejad

Wednesday, May 20, 2009- SEMNAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday that Iran has test-fired a new medium-range surface-to-surface missile.
"The defence minister Mohammad Mostafa Najjar told me today that we launched a Sejil-2 missile, which is a two-stage missile and it has reached the intended target," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northern town of Semnan.

European parliamentarian urges India to resolve Kashmir

Brussels, May 20: Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Liz Lynne has express the hope that the new Indian Government will settle the Kashmir dispute amicably according to the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.

Denial of the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir

Washington, D.C. May 19: Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmir Center has emphasized that the denial of the right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir has brought two nuclear countries – India and Pakistan- to the brink of nuclear catastrophe.

Therefore, OIC must persuade the United Nations to bring the human rights atrocities to an end by fulfilling its promises of self-determination.