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US Election: Secretary of State Nanaia Mahuta about Joe Biden’s victory | Instant News

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta. Photo / Alex Burton


Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has acknowledged and congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, noting Biden’s previous visit to New Zealand.

And she paid special tribute to Harris, saying she would bring “some very unique attributes to their leadership” as the first female Vice President of color.

Mahuta, who was sworn in as Foreign Minister on Friday, spoke to the media this morning following Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s congratulatory message to Biden.

He said New Zealand had a warm relationship with Biden when he was Vice President Barack Obama.

“He visited here in 2016, met a number of people and according to everyone enjoyed himself.

“I anticipate that there will be ongoing warm talks in areas of common interest such as Covid-19, such as trade, such as the issue of global economic recovery.

“We enjoy our relationship with them. We want to continue to strengthen that relationship, and under the new regime there are opportunities for greater cooperation.”

He will not be interested in Donald Trump debating the outcome or whether he might refuse to physically leave the White House.

Trump’s ongoing legal battle is a US problem, he said.

Asked whether Trump’s behavior to be outgoing president, Mahuta said: “It’s for American voters, really, to decide the level of that behavior but they have made their decision known through the election.”

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta.  Photo / Mark Mitchell
Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Asked about the US joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership and rejoining the Paris climate agreement, Mahuta said New Zealand would prioritize issues for discussion once Biden’s agenda became clearer in January next year.

“My priority area today is to congratulate President-elect Biden and recognize Kamala Harris … this is an exciting time for them.”

He said the world was looking at New Zealand’s successful Covid-19 response.

“That’s why other countries are looking for us.”

He won’t be interested in whether his predecessor in Foreign Affairs, Winston Peters, might be New Zealand’s next ambassador to Washington.

Ardern said this morning the relationship between New Zealand and the US was strong.

“I hope to develop closer ties with the future Biden Administration,” he said.

“As Vice President, Joe Biden is a close friend of New Zealand and visited here in 2016, the most senior US politician to have done so since President Bill Clinton attended APEC in 1999.

“New Zealand will continue to work side by side with the United States on issues that are important to both of us, including prosperity, security and sustainability in the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Islands region.

The campaign by the President-elect has also demonstrated the common interest we have in addressing global challenges such as Covid-19 and climate change.

“There are many challenges ahead of the international community at this time, the message of unity from Joe Biden positions us well for the challenge.”

He also acknowledged President Donald Trump’s exit.

“New Zealand has enjoyed positive and cooperative relations with the United States during the Trump administration period, particularly in the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Islands,” Ardern said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta.  Photo / Mark Mitchell
Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Biden is set to become the 46th President of the United States, after he crossed the required 270 Electoral College votes with victory in Pennsylvania this morning (NZ time).

He said in a statement that he was “respected and humbled”.

“It is time for America to unite and heal,” he said. “We are the United States. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”

After the TV network called a race for Biden, Trump said in a statement that Biden was “rushing to pretend to be a winner” and said it was “far from over”.

“Starting Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure the election law is fully enforced and the rightful winner is seated.”

“I will not stop until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and the demands of Democracy,” Trump said in the statement.

Mahuta is expected to speak about what the Biden presidency means for New Zealand.

Ardern has previously spoken of the importance of rules-based multilateralism, in stark contrast to Trump’s and America First’s doctrines of protectionism.

Ardern has joined British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other world leaders in congratulating him.


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Trump vs Biden: How will it affect Pakistan? | Instant News

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) The race over the White House between US President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden has made history even before voting day. More than 91 million people have cast their votes in the weekend before Election Day.
That’s about 43 percent of all registered voters in the country and two-thirds of the total vote tally in the 2016 poll. Never before have so many people cast their ballots early using the incoming ballot to make sure their votes were counted.
Apparently, the Americans believed that the two candidates made the right choice. But can the outcome of this contest be as important as Pakistan’s?
When the Trump administration took office, bilateral relations between Washington and Islamabad were languid. They stayed that way for at least Trump’s first two years in office.
But a reset was in the works at the end of 2018. And in July of the following year, Prime Minister Imran Khan sat in the White House as President Trump praised Pakistan’s efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan and announced its intention to increase bilateral trade by 20 times its current level.
But big talk is fruitless, if any. Obsessed with trimming the runaway U.S. trade deficit, the Trump administration has taken no practical action to increase trade with its trading partners, including Islamabad.
Pakistan’s exports to the US have continued to increase at the same rate for a decade, aid flows to Pakistan have shrunk while imports from the US have continued to increase.
Expected investment flows, such as Exxon Mobil’s return to the domestic market after a two-decade absence, also appear uncertain. The company’s plans for offshore oil and gas exploration stalled and were withdrawn from the LNG terminal project.
What’s more, there isn’t much desire for a deal that breaks doors, at least among Pakistani businesses. The Pakistan Business Council recommended a limited trade deal that could help US soybean farmers and Pakistani textile companies.
The trade body does not support an all-encompassing free trade agreement that it says will open floodgates to imports but does not lead to a proportionate increase in overseas sales for Pakistani businesses.
In short, diplomatic relations have improved greatly in the Trump era but they have not had a major positive impact on economic relations.
Could this trend change significantly if Biden took the lead?
After all, he differs from Trump in a number of policies. Trump lowered taxes for people and companies and wants to extend those cuts from 2025 to 2030.
He has pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement and weakened the World Trade Organization. On the other hand, Biden wants to raise taxes, especially for the rich and says his administration will honor US commitments to climate change.
But the incumbent and the challenger are not very different in their views on foreign trade. President Trump appears much more confrontational with China. His first presidential campaign focused heavily on the scapegoat for Beijing because of the US’s declining competitiveness in manufacturing.
During his tenure, Washington has imposed higher tariffs on Chinese exports worth more than $ 350 billion. The Trump administration is also aiming for Chinese tech giants like Huawei which are pioneers in global 5G technology.
But be tough on China, not just Trump’s doctrine. Biden also showed no intention of being more lenient.
Although he has said he wants to involve US allies in dealing with China, he has made no commitments to cancel US tariffs or other measures against China taken during the Trump era. Biden is also in no rush to sign trade deals or distribute more concessions to trading partners.
He said he would prioritize increasing the competitiveness of domestic companies before signing more international trade deals.
In a recent interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, Prime Minister Imran Khan was asked whom he would prefer to deal with as the next US president. Khan responded by describing the similarities between his own political career and his American counterpart. But he didn’t mention favorites. Is that a diplomatic response?
Maybe, but as far as economic relations are concerned, it’s an accurate assessment.


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Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi has become the PM’s Special Representative for Religious Harmony and the Middle East | Instant News

Islamabad – Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Imran Khan on Thursday appointed Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, the head of the Pakistani Ulama Council as the Special Representative for Religious Harmony and the Middle East.

Notices for the new appointment of Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi have also been issued from the Prime Minister’s Office.

Speaking to the media, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said that Pakistan has stable brotherly relations with all Muslim and Arab countries. He said Pakistan wanted the unity of the Ummah to strengthen the Islamic world. Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi | also stated that more than five million Pakistanis serve in different Islamic and Arab countries and in order to solve the problems and problems faced by these Pakistani people, Prime Minister Imran khan has tasked him to strengthen Pakistan’s relations with Middle East countries this as well as to solve the problem. of these Pakistani people. Ashrafi says she will do her best to fulfill the responsibility given to her by Prime Minister Imran khan. He also announced that he would immediately coordinate with the leaders of Islamic and Arab countries and take emergency steps to strengthen Pakistan’s relations with Muslim Arab countries in the Middle East.

Responding to questions, Tahir Ashrafi | said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) supported Pakistan on FATF matters and denied rumors that Saudi Arabia was against Pakistan on FATF matters. He said some elements conspired to spread baseless news about Pakistan and Arab countries to undermine Pakistan’s stable relationship with the Arab Muslim world. He said that Pakistan’s FATF issue will be forwarded before their respective meetings on Friday. He said Pakistan was proud of its strong and stable relations with the Islamic world and Arab countries. Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi | also stated that Prime Minister Imran khan has a very explicit stance that Pakistan with the help of other Islamic countries must play a positive role in overcoming the challenges facing Muslims.


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The workforce looks like contemporary New Zealand, National is still male and pale | Instant News

Jacinda Ardern has a diverse caucus that includes a large number of Maori and women MPs, such as Nanaia Mahuta. Photos / Files

The new Labor caucus is far more representative of contemporary New Zealand than the National, says a Massey University sociologist.

Professor Paul Spoonley said there was a stark difference between the Labor and Green and National and Acting Parties on diversity.

More than half of the 64 MPs from the Labor Party are women, have 15 Maori MPs, one in six are Pasifika and have a good ethnic mix.

The Greens’ 10th Caucus consists of three Maori MPs, seven women, Iranian refugee Golriz Ghaharaman and Latin American Ricardo Menendez.

National has only two Maori MPs – Simon Bridges and Shane Reti – in a 35-member caucus, one Asian MP in Melissa Lee and 11 women. Otherwise, it is mostly European men. This party does not have Pasifika MPs.

National's Parmjeet Parmar is a victim of National's bad luck.  Photo / Doug Sherring
National’s Parmjeet Parmar is a victim of National’s bad luck. Photo / Doug Sherring

National did, however, lose some diversity in its ranks with MPs Kanwalijt Singh Bakshi, Parmjeet Parmar, Alfred Ngaro and Harete Hipango losing their seats.

The 10-member caucus in Act has three Maori lawmakers – David Seymour, Nicole McKee and Karen Chhour – and four women – Brooke van Velden, McKee, Chhour and Toni Severin.

Spoonley, an expert on changing the face of New Zealand society, said national leader Judith Collins made it clear from the start that ethnic and cultural differences were not important to the party in this election.

He said 27 percent of New Zealanders were migrants, and 50 percent were migrants or migrant children.

Since 2013, Spoonley said New Zealand has experienced the highest net migration rates and gained 330,000 people. The two largest groups came from China and India. In the next decade “one if five of us may be Asian”.

The new Green MP Ricardo Menendez is Latin American.  Photos / Files
The new Green MP Ricardo Menendez is Latin American. Photos / Files

Spoonley said Labor’s caucuses reflect the diversity of contemporary New Zealand – on one condition.

“Maybe it could be better in terms of the Chinese and Indian communities – two very large communities,” he said.

With Raymond Huo’s resignation, the Labor Party has only one member of the Chinese parliament with Naisi Chen, two members of the Indian parliament – Priyanca Radhakrishnan and Gaurav Sharma – and Sri Lankan MP Vanushi Walters.

Other ethnic MPs in the Labor caucus include Eritrean refugees Ibrahim Omer and Ayesha Verrall who have Maldivian ties.

Spoonley said it would be interesting to vote to see how large ethnic communities, such as Chinese and Indians, voted and whether they blocked the vote.

National Party MP Melissa Lee.  Photos / Files
National Party MP Melissa Lee. Photos / Files

The Election Commission estimates the turnout at 82.5 percent, the highest turnout since 1999 if confirmed.

As of Sunday morning, nearly 2.4 million votes in New Zealand’s general election had been counted.

The Labor Party has 49.1 percent of the vote and the National 26.8 percent. The Greens have 7.6 percent of the vote, while the Law has 8 percent. New Zealand First is well below the threshold, at 2.7 percent.

About 480,000 special declaration votes were still counted – representing around 17 percent of the total votes.

Nearly 70 percent of the votes were cast in advance – up from 47 percent in 2017.


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PM Imran Khan appointed Maulana Tahir Ashrafi as a special representative for religious harmony | Instant News

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi speaks during the press conference. Photo: file

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday appointed Maulana Tahir Ashrafi as his special representative for religious harmony, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The PM’s office also issued a notification regarding this matter.

“The Prime Minister is pleased to appoint Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi as the Special Representative of the Prime Minister for Religious Harmony, immediately,” the notification read. “The appointment of Maulana Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi will be carried out in an honorary capacity.”

Maulana Tahir Ashrafi is the chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) and the Muttahida Ulama Council.


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