We, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the United States strongly condemn the February 15 rocket attack on Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. We extend our condolences to the victims, their families and the Iraqi people. Together, our governments will support the Government of Iraq’s investigation into the attacks with a view to holding those responsible to account. We are united in our view that attacks on the US and Coalition personnel and facilities will not be tolerated.
Karachi University and the Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Khuzdar, signed a memorandum of understanding for educational, scientific and research collaboration.
Under the MoU, the two universities have agreed to support each other for start-ups, student entrepreneurship, and incubation arrangements. According to the MoU, the two universities will assist students for startups at the pilot stage and prototype base, training sessions, and faculty and student exchange, development and joint activities for the publication of research papers. They also agreed to exchange knowledge to promote the ecosystem, blue economy and tourism, and in this regard, they will also provide recommendations to the provincial and federal governments.
They believe they can play an important role in eliminating the problems faced by people living on the coasts of the two provinces.
On this occasion, the Director General of the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization of Balochistan University of Engineering and Technology, Khuzdar, Khair Muhammad Kakar, said he wanted to adopt and implement the Executive MBA program from the University of Karachi at his university.
He also said Balochistan University also wanted to work with the Department of Agriculture and Agribusiness Management, University of Karachi, to increase olive production in the country.
Karachi University Deputy Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraq said universities must have a strong working relationship so that they can learn from each other’s experiences.
He said Karachi University would facilitate Balochistan University in launching its executive MBA program. “We have to respond to the socio-economic problems of the community. Pakistan has been facing economic problems for the past few years and collaboration between universities can provide a useful and long-lasting solution to the crisis and help the country strengthen its economy. “
Britain on Sunday said it shared Washington’s concern about the World Health Organization’s fact-finding mission on the origins of COVID-19 in China.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he supported US calls for China to release information about the country’s first detected case of the disease and did not interfere with the WHO investigation.
“When you have a zoonotic outbreak like the coronavirus, we need to know exactly how it happened,” Johnson said in an interview with CBS.
“Indeed, if zoonosis, if it really started from human contact with the animal kingdom, that’s what was confirmed. But we need to know exactly what’s going on …. We need to look at the data. We need to see all the evidence. So I totally support what President Biden has to say about that. “
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also criticized the level of access given to experts. “We are very concerned that they are getting full cooperation and they are getting the answers they need, so we will encourage them to have full access, get all the data they need,” Raab the word in an interview with the BBC.
On Saturday, the Biden administration demanded transparency from China and the WHO. This comes after the report by the Wall Street Journal that China refused to give WHO investigators access to raw data on early cases of COVID-19.
US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said the US had “deep concern” about the investigation, calling on China to release data from the start of the outbreak. “This report must be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or change by the Chinese government,” wrote Sullivan in a statement.
The governments of France, Germany, Italy, Great Britain and the United States welcomed the agreement reached by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum on Libya’s interim executive authority tasked with leading the country to national elections on December 24, 2021.
This critical step towards achieving an inclusive, negotiated political solution is the result of a process that is truly Libya-led and owned, United Nations mediation, and the support of the Libyan people. In this regard, we laud the outstanding commitment of the United Nations Mission of Support in Libya and Acting Special Representative of Secretary General Stephanie Williams. We look forward to fully supporting the work of Special Envoy Ján Kubiš.
We call on all current Libyan authorities and actors to ensure the smooth and constructive handover of all competencies and duties to the new unified executive authority.
Since the Berlin Conference, Libya has made significant progress towards securing lasting peace and stability, including through the reopening of the energy sector, the 23 October 2020 national ceasefire agreement, the roadmap for holding national elections in December 2021, and now the election of a unified interim executive authority. .
The long road still lies ahead. The unified executive authority must enforce the ceasefire agreement, provide essential public services to the Libyan people, initiate a meaningful reconciliation program, address critical national budgetary needs, and organize national elections. The new interim government, to be proposed by the appointed Prime Minister, must be truly inclusive, allowing all Libyans to be represented, including with regard to gender, ethnicity and regional origin.
We call on the delegates of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum to retain their important functions, ensuring the focus of a new unified executive authority in preparing for and holding the elections decided by the Forum.
At the Berlin Conference on Libya last year, the international community committed to supporting the resolution of the Libyan conflict. In the spirit of that commitment, all Conference participants must now support the new executive authority in fulfilling its duties to the Libyan people, implement a full arms embargo, and support the immediate withdrawal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries.
We are ready to hold accountable those who threaten stability or undermine the political process in Libya.
The UN Security Council has also announced it will hold a closed virtual emergency meeting on the coup on Tuesday.
The activist group Justice For Myanmar has called on countries to “implement immediate and comprehensive targeted sanctions against the Myanmar military, their leaders and their business collaborators.”
“The military coup demonstrates a systemic failure in the way the international community has handled Myanmar in recent years by normalizing the Myanmar military and their businesses, despite the fact that they have committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity,” the group said in a statement.
And that call has been echoed by supporters in Australia, who are demanding that the Federal Government end its military cooperation program with Myanmar and expand existing sanctions on top generals.
But Manny Maung of Human Rights Watch said Australia should expand the regime to include coup leader Min Aung Hlaing.
“By not doing that we are really giving Myanmar and its military the green light that they can do whatever they want without being held accountable for their actions.”
Australia has had military cooperation with Myanmar for many years.
Government documents describe it as “a modest engagement program with Myanmar, focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping training, English language training, and officer education and professionalization.”
Ms Muang said the program must stop immediately now that the military has seized power illegally.
“You cannot have a relationship with Myanmar and act as usual,” he said.
The Federal Government has expressed deep concern about military action in Myanmar, and demanded the immediate release of civilian leaders.
Yesterday, Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Australia was watching events in the country “very closely”.
But Trade Minister Dan Tehan said it was too early for the government to consider further sanctions.
“Look, that’s not something we were considering at this stage,” he said.
“So, what we have to do is stop, pause, see what’s going on, and then, once we know all the details, we can make further decisions.”