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USIBC Chief says two nations need to set ambitious goal

Washington [US] : Terming top US trade official Katherine Tai’s upcoming visit to India as a “very important” one, President of the US-India Business Council (USIBC), Nisha Biswal said it is an agenda-setting visit to see how the two countries can align their ambitions and approach to trade. United States Trade Representative (USTR) Tai will travel to India on a two-day visit from November 22 for talks with her Indian counterpart commerce minister Piyush Goyal.Acknowledging that there is a gulf between US and India when it comes to trade policies, Biswal suggested that the two countries need to set an “ambitious goal” with respect to trade ties and a roadmap to get there.“It is very important to visit. It is ambassador Tai’s first visit to India as USTR. It is important that US and India set an ambitious goal from where we want to…

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Palestinian president discusses Israeli-Palestinian conflict with US ambassador to UN

Ramallah [Palestine]: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.Abbas met with Thomas-Greenfield at his office in the West Bank city of Ramallah and warned that Israel’s practices in the Palestinian territories “would undermine the vision of the two-state solution,” the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said. Abbas informed the U.S. ambassador that the Palestinian leadership rejects the Israeli government’s decision to classify six Palestinian non-government organizations as terrorist groups, said the report.It also said that Abbas told Thomas-Greenfield that the Palestinians reject the Israeli policies against the Palestinians in East Jerusalem.Abbas reaffirmed the Palestinian side’s commitment to peace and to holding an international peace conference under the auspices of the international Quartet, which consists of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.The last direct peace talks between Israel and…

South Asian Countries

Pakistan appoints terror supporter Masood Khan as delegate to US

New Delhi [India] : Pakistan has appointed Masood Khan as its ambassador to the United States. According to a media report, Khan is a terror supporter and former president of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Masood Khan is a dangerous radical with a long history of working with Islamists in the West and “jihadists” in the East, National Review, a US-based magazine stated. His appointment is evidence of an increasingly dangerous Pakistani regime, which is working to support Islamists all around the world, including in the United States, according to National Review. In July this year, while serving as president of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Khan provided a “special message” on Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani, who was killed in 2016 during his fifth death anniversary. “We grieve today for Burhan Wani. He lives on in our hearts. He sacrificed his life for a cause,”…

Cricket

“Kohli has been a great ambassador”

Dubai [UAE]: After the curtain came down on his four-year stint coaching India, Ravi Shastri said Virat Kohli has been one of the great ambassadors for the game, especially in red-ball cricket.Fresh from seeing his men finish their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with a nine-wicket win over Namibia, the outgoing coach – who was first involved with the squad as a director in 2014 – praised his team’s all-conquering past despite a disappointing end to their time in the UAE. When asked about the Indian team having each other’s back, Shastri in the virtual press conference on Monday said: “We actively worked towards it. We wanted trust in that dressing room. That’s the only way you can get each other’s back. We needed communication. We wanted no finger pointing at each other. We needed the word I to be thrown into…

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US NSA Sullivan meets French Ambassador at White House

Washington [US]: US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on Thursday (local time) met French Ambassador Philippe Etienne at the White House following the envoy’s return to Washington.This meeting was in line with the shared commitment by President Biden and President Macron in their September 22 phone call to begin a process of in-depth consultations on a range of strategic matters, in order to create the conditions for ensuring confidence and propose concrete measures toward common objectives, a statement from the National Security Council informed. “Sullivan welcomed Ambassador Etienne’s plan to engage with officials across the US government to continue advancing our [US-France] shared agenda, in advance of President Biden and President Macron meeting in Europe at the end of October,” NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement.Days ago, AUKUS trilateral security partnership was announced by the three countries (the US, UK Australia) and…

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India’s Ambassador In US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu Interacted With The WhiteHouse Fellows At EEOB

India’s Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu on Thursday interacted with White House fellows and discussed with them the intricacies of diplomacy and the relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies. Sandhu, in a tweet, said “an enjoyable and substantial interaction” with the White House fellows at Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex. “Covered wide areas ranging from diplomacy, India-US relations, regional developments, healthcare, energy, environment, IT and education with this group of young emerging American leaders in different fields!” he added. Founded in 1964, the White House Fellowship is a non-partisan programme that brings young leaders into the federal government to provide first-hand experience working at the highest levels of government. A key element of this unique fellowship is the education programme in which prominent leaders from across society meet the fellows. In the past,…