US declines to sign risky peace deal with Taliban

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has refused to sign the peace deal that his special representative has inked with the Taliban, mainly because it does not guarantee the continued presence of US forces in the country to defeat al-Qaeda or the existence of the democratically elected government, a media report said. Continue Reading

US lawmakers seek transparency in Afghan peace deal

An influential group of three lawmakers on Friday sought assurance from the Trump administration that it will make available to the Congress the full text of any agreement signed with the Taliban. Continue Reading

India rejects US report on religious freedom

India rejected a report on International religious freedom published by US Department of State which made critical comments regarding the status of minorities in the country. India said that there is no locus standi for a foreign entity to comment on the constitutionally protected rights of Indians. Continue Reading

Pompeo pushes India for access to local markets

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pushed for India to further open its economy and also “diversify” its energy portfolio, saying countries that have provided American companies access to their markets have seen “real opportunity.” Continue Reading

Implement UNSC sanctions against 26/11 perpetrators: US

Describing the Mumbai terror attack as a “barbarity,” the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called upon Pakistan and other nations to uphold their UN Security Council obligations to implement sanctions against those responsible for the atrocity. Continue Reading

N Korea asked to delay Pompeo talks, says Seoul

North Korea asked the United States to delay planned high-level talks in New York this week, Seoul’s top diplomat said Thursday, a day after Washington abruptly announced the meeting’s postponement. Continue Reading