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Foreign Minister Of Saudi Arabia Asks Canada To Stop Treating It As Banana Republic

New Delhi: Foreign minister of Saudi Arabia has asked the Canada government to apologise for demanding the release of Saudi women’s rights activists and stop treating the kingdom as “a banana republic” if it wanted to resolve a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

In August, Saudi Arabia froze new trade with Canada, blocked grain imports, expelled Canada’s ambassador and ordered all Saudi students to come home after Ottawa called for the release of activists detained for urging more rights for women.

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Calls ‘Shaking Of Hand’ With Trump As Informal Meeting With US President

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump only shook hands with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a luncheon in New York on Tuesday, the Trump administration said, but Qureshi described it as an “informal meeting” where they agreed to “re-build” damaged bilateral ties.

“It was a handshake at a luncheon with other world leaders,” a US national security council spokesperson said in response to a question about the reported meeting and the conversation that Qureshi said took place with the American president. The official did not comment on the details reported by the minister. But “there was no meeting”, a US source averred.

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US Congress Seeks To Impose A Visa Ban On Chinese Officials Denying Americans Access To Tibet

New Delhi: The US Congress has passed a crucial bipartisan bill that seeks to impose a visa ban on Chinese officials who deny American citizens, government officials and journalists access to Tibet, China’s sensitive Himalayan region.

The US has expressed concern in the past about the lack of access to the Tibetan Autonomous Region for American journalists, diplomats, academics and others to report on alleged religious persecution in the former home of the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama.

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China Asks US To Cancel $330 Million Sale Of Military Equipment To Taiwan

New Delhi: China demanded the US to cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of “severe damage” to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation if Washington fails to comply.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular briefing that the sale violated international law and the “basic norms governing international relations.” It was unclear what aspect of international law Geng was referring to.

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Ibrahim Mohamed Solih Wins Presidential Election In Maldives Defeating Incumbent Yameen

New Delhi: Opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has won the presidential election in the Maldives by convincingly defeating incumbent, Abdulla Yameen. It is seen as a referendum on the Indian Ocean archipelago’s fragile democracy.

“This is a moment of happiness, a moment of hope,” Solih told reporters in Male. “This is a journey that has ended at the ballot box because the people willed it.”

Solih, who was fielded by the combined opposition, including the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), is expected to take charge on November 17, when Yameen’s five-year term ends.