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Trump Administration Warns Buyers Of Iranian Crude Not To Expect Easy And Frequent Waiver

New Delhi: A top Trump administration official warned buyers of Iranian crude such as India that they should not expect easy and frequent waiver and exemptions from the second wave of US sanctions that kicks in on November 5, targeting Iranian oil, ports and banking sectors.

“This is not the Obama administration … is my message to them (the importers),” John Bolton, national security adviser to the US president, told reporters at a news briefing on the administration’s new counterterrorism strategy to maintain maximum pressure on Iran.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s India Visit Irks US, China And Pakistan

New Delhi: The US, China and Pakistan are irked with the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin arriving in India looking to tie up billions of dollars in arms deals with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Kremlin said before the two-day visit that the “key feature” would be the signing of a $5-billion deal for the advanced S-400 air defence system, despite US sanctions against countries buying Russian defence hardware.

India will ask the United States for a special waiver for the purchase — as discussed by their defence and foreign ministers in New Delhi last month — but Washington has signalled there is no guarantee it will accede.

The US is in a difficult position as it seeks to contain China through better ties with India, which like Washington has been unnerved by Beijing’s growing assertiveness.

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Pakistan Takes A U-turn On Saudi Arabia Joining $50 Billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

New Delhi: Pakistan has announced that its close ally Saudi Arabia would not join the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) taking a U-turn on the issue. It was announced days after Islamabad said Riyadh will be the third “strategic partner” of China’s flagship project, the Belt and Road Initiative.

CPEC is the flagship project of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a pet project of President Xi Jinping aimed at enhancing China’s influence around the world through China-funded infrastructure projects.

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Head Of Nobel Foundation Says, Suu Kyi’s Actions May Be Regrettable But Prize Won’t Be Withdrawn

New Delhi: Head of the Nobel Foundation said in Stockholm that though some of the actions of Aung San Suu Kyi has taken as Myanmar’s civilian leader are “regrettable” but her Nobel Peace Prize will not be withdrawn.

Lars Heikensten, speaking days before the awarding of this year’s peace prize, said it made no sense to withdraw awards in reaction to things that happened after they were given, as judges would constantly have to discuss laureates’ merits.

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Pakistan Minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri Shares Stage With LeT Founder Hafiz Saeed In Islamabad

New Delhi: Amid ongoing face-off between India and Pakistan, a member of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Pakistan’s religious affairs minister Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, shared the stage with Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed at an event in Islamabad that focused on the Kashmir issue.

Several pro-Jamaat-ud-Dawah Twitter handles quoted Qadri as saying that he attended the all-party conference organised by the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) on Sunday on the instructions of the prime minister as its agenda represented the “sentiments of the whole Pakistani nation”.