VIF Neighbourhood News Digest: June 27, 2019
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AFGHANISTAN
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrives in Pakistan for two-day visit: Dawn
June 27, 2019

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries. Upon arrival, Ghani was received by Adviser to PM for Commerce, Textile and Industry Production Abdul Razak Dawood. The visit comes less than a week after Pakistan hosted dozens of Afghan politicians to discuss ways to end an 18-year-long war in its neighbouring country. Click here to read...

AFGHANISTAN
Kabul Optimistic On A Potential Peace Deal: Tolo News
June 26, 2019

The Afghan government leaders on Wednesday welcomed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks about a potential peace agreement with the Taliban as he said that Washington hopes Afghanistan achieves a peace deal ahead of the presidential elections – scheduled for September 28. Accompanied by the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Pompeo arrived in Kabul for an unannounced visit on Tuesday. He visited India after his trip to Kabul. “It was a pleasure to host Secretary Pompeo today at Arg, where we discussed a wide range of issues, including peace, elections, and security. The Secretary expressed his strong support for the ongoing peace efforts and the upcoming presidential elections in September,” Ghani tweeted on Tuesday. Click here to read...

NEPAL
China asked Nepal to ban a Tibetan official from entering the country. Nepali officials got the wrong man: Kathmandu Post’
June 27, 2019

On Saturday, immigration officials denied an American citizen entry into Nepal, and after holding him in interrogation for several hours, sent him back to the United States the same night. The man was on a “blacklist” provided by the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, which had instructions to not allow the individual to enter Nepal. But Nepali officials ended up deporting the wrong man, mistaking him for the former representative of the Tibetan Administration to the United States, who shares the same name. Click here to read...

SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka planning executions after 43-year moratorium: The Guardian
June 27, 2019

Sri Lanka’s president has ordered the execution of four drug offenders, potentially ending a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment. Maithripala Sirisena, the president, said on Wednesday that he had signed the death warrants, which had the dates of the executions, and sent the documents to prison authorities. He said drugs had become a serious menace across the country and there were 300,000 addicts. According to Sirisena, 60% of 24,000 inmates had been jailed for drug-related offences. Click here to read...

CHINA
President highlights youth links with Japan: China Daily
June 27, 2019

President Xi Jinping has encouraged youths from China and Japan to strengthen communication and enhance mutual learning and mutual understanding to make positive contributions to the greater future of bilateral ties. Click here to read...

Trade war: US and China agree tentative truce before G20 summit: South China Morning Post
June 27, 2019

The US and China have tentatively agreed to another truce in their trade war in order to resume talks aimed at resolving the dispute, sources familiar with the situation said. Click here to read...

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