South Asia

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Rivals China, India cautiously watch Sri Lankan crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — China and India are closely watching the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, which has been a battleground in their struggle for geopolitical supremacy in South Asia. Chinese and Indian diplomats have been careful not to overtly take sides in the political turmoil, which has seen President Maithripala Sirisena oust Prime Minister … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Rivals China, India cautiously watch Sri Lankan crisis

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

United States – The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo met yesterday with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, following up on their September 5 discussions in Islamabad on a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. Welcoming the Foreign Minister, Secretary Pompeo said the United States looked forward to … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

ISLAMABAD  | Taliban official says group spoke with US official

ISLAMABAD  — A senior Taliban official says the insurgent group has held the first direct talks with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future plans for peace negotiations. This week’s meeting with Alice Wells, the U.S.’s top diplomat for South Asia, was an attempt to jump-start talks on ending Washington’s longest military engagement, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD  | Taliban official says group spoke with US official

U.S. Department of State News: Pakistan Election

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States takes note of yesterday’s election results in Pakistan.  The United States commends the courage of the Pakistani people, including many women, who turned out to vote and showed resolve to determine their country’s future. We condemn the horrific acts of terrorist … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Pakistan Election

U.S. Department of State News: Attacks on Pakistan Political Candidates

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States strongly condemns this week’s attacks on political candidates and their supporters in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces of Pakistan.  These attacks are cowardly attempts to deprive the Pakistani people of their democratic rights. We grieve with those mourning the victims, and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Attacks on Pakistan Political Candidates

Child marriages decline, led by big fall in South Asia

NEW DELHI /March 6, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — A significant fall in the number of child marriages in South Asia has helped reduced the rate of marriage for girls globally, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. More educational opportunities for young girls, government investments in adolescent girls and strong advocacy about the illegality of child marriage … Continue reading Child marriages decline, led by big fall in South Asia