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Pakistan India talk in shadow of “cricket diplomacy”

Pakistan India talk in shadow of “cricket diplomacy”

NEW DELHI – India and Pakistani officials began their first formal peace talks since the 2008 Mumbai attacks in a meeting pushed into the background by the decision of their leaders to meet during a World Cup cricket match between the two countries.
The two home secretaries, the top civil servants in charge of security issues, met in New Delhi to repair relations between nuclear rivals broken off after the Mumbai attacks when Pakistani militants killed 166 people in a three-day

Pak-India cricket diplomacy can open new avenues: Firdous

KARACHI – Cricket diplomacy can open new avenues of composite dialogue between Pakistan and India, Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday.
“A peaceful solution to disputed matters between the two countries is not only the need of Pakistan, but of the entire region,” she said while addressing a press conference at a hotel. The federal minister said that trade ties also would also strengthen between Pakistan and India and help them engage in

Backdoor diplomacy helped resuming Pak-India talks

ISLAMABAD – The recent agreement between Pakistan and India in Bhutan to resume dialogue for resolving various disputes was greatly facilitated by the backdoor diplomacy. Leading opinion makers and parliamentarians from India and Pakistan participated in two backdoor channel initiatives, held separately in Bangkok and Islamabad, prior to the talks between the foreign secretaries of the two countries in Bhutan.
These meetings were designed to improve the ambience of Pak-India

Pakistan, India engaged in back channel diplomacy

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and India are engaged in intense back channel diplomacy for the success of the forthcoming meeting of the foreign secretaries of the two countries early next month, which could pave the way for the revival of the stalled peace process.
The peace process between the two rivals came to a halt after the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 as New Delhi charged Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba for the attacks.
“Since the Mumbai attacks, the US, UK and other

Israeli diplomacy ‘held hostage’ by ministry’s strike

JERUSALEM – Israeli diplomacy, which is already engaged in an uphill battle to defend the Jewish state from international criticism, is facing a new threat: a strike by diplomats who say they are penniless. Foreign ministry employees began protesting a year ago, but have recently toughened their stance, launching a staff strike which has seriously hampered operations at both the ministry and at Israeli embassies around the world.
“Since December 27, we are no longer helping with

Tikka diplomacy – Munter plays the PR game

LAHORE: American Ambassador Cameron Munter ventured out on Sunday for a breakfast at an eatery in the cantonment area. The press was briefed beforehand of the Ambassador’s morning adventure. So it was perhaps for damage control after the diplomatic chaos unleashed by the Wikileaks that Munter took to sipping from a glass of lassi during his trip to Lahore. Munter, accompanied by his wife and other US Consulate delegates, had breakfast at Zakir Tikka House were he ate halwa poori,

Italy calls Wikileaks release ‘9/11 of diplomacy’

ROME: The expected release of classified US documents by Wikileaks will be the “9/11 of world diplomacy”, Italy’s foreign minister said on Sunday, urging Italian prosecutors to investigate the whistle-blowing website.
Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, on a trip to Qatar, said he did not know the content of the files to be released but warned they would “blow up the relationship of trust between states”, according to Italian news agencies. “It will be the September 11th of world