Pak - China bilateral ties on upward trajectory - Pakistan strongly favors cooperation and synergetic partnerships across regions: PM
PM speaking at the Leaders’ Roundtable on Policy Synergy in Beijing on Monday said:
Pakistan strongly favors cooperation and synergetic partnerships across regions for socio-economic development and human prosperity. It is imperative that we appreciate the “Belt and Road” initiative in its proper perspective of Interconnected development. It is now turning into the centre of gravity for half of the world’s economies – in Asia, in Africa and in Europe. PM said four areas require more focus: First, overall progress should be reviewed as we all stand to benefit from early harvest projects. Second, we need more synergy in our development strategies both at the regional and international levels. Third, this initiative must continue to deliver “win-win” outcomes. Four, we should build on the solid foundations of One Belt One Road to make it a living, growing and organic partnership.
Emmanuel Macron due to name PM on first day as French president
On his first full day in office, France's freshly inaugurated President Emmanuel Macron is expected to move quickly Monday on fronts foreign and domestic, meeting in Berlin with Chancellor Angela Merkel and possibly unveiling his choice of prime minister. Among names being bandied around for the top job in Macron's first government, speculation is mostly centering on Edouard Philippe.
Syrian army sends reinforcements toward border with Iraq: rebels
The Syrian army aided by Iranian-backed militias was moving troops to a desert region near its border with Iraq and Jordan just as U.S. backed rebels are consolidating control in an area from which Islamic State militants had recently pulled out, rebel sources and commanders said on Monday. They said their intelligence showed that hundreds of Syrian troops and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias with tanks and heavy equipment had moved in the last few days to the town of Sabaa Biyar, in a sparsely populated desert territory that goes all the way to the Jordanian and Iraqi border known as the Syrian Badia.
UNSC to hold emergency meeting after North Korea’s missile test
The United Nations Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday on North Korea’s latest missile test. The United States, Japan and South Korea requested the emergency discussions after Pyongyang launched a missile Sunday in an unusual high altitude ballistic path that indicated it might be a new two-stage liquid fueled rocket capable of flying up to 4,500 kilometers. North Korea said on on Monday it successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a “large scale heavy nuclear warhead.”
Mohamed bin Zayed to meet Trump on Monday
The meeting will help the US deepen its cooperation with a key partner in the Middle East. US President Donald Trump will host His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on May 15 the White House said.