Pakistan's envoy to Washington called for more "active involvement" from the United States to help defuse simmering tensions with India, claiming a lack of condemnation of India's airstrikes may have "emboldened" Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to escalate a burgeoning crisis. "We would certainly like to have more, and would certainly like to see more active involvement of the United States" in addressing the standoff, said Ambassador Asad Khan, who spoke to reporters at the Pakistani embassy on Wednesday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is in Vietnam as President Trump holds his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said in a statement issued Tuesday that he had spoken to his counterparts in India and Pakistan. Pompeo said he encouraged the two sides to "avoid escalation at any cost," and urged the latter to take "meaningful action against terrorist groups operating on its soil." The United States' response to an Indian airstrike in Pakistani … [Read more...] about Pakistani ambassador calls on U.S. to help defuse India standoff
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Christine Lagarde, managing director and chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said she sees no indications the American economy is heading towards a recession in the near future, despite a recent stock market slump and slower job growth. "We have a forecast for this year and next which is around 3.7 percent. It's not bad actually," Lagarde said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "We don't see signs of recession in the near term based on the information we have at the moment." Still, as the head of an organization comprising nearly 200 countries meant to promote international financial cooperation and trade, Lagarde cautioned that protectionist policies, tariff hikes and a burgeoning trade war pose threats to the global economy. "If there are more tensions, if trade is under threat — if people sort of wonder, 'where should I invest? And should I completely change my supply chain?' — that will have an impact," Lagarde said. Transcript: … [Read more...] about IMF chief Christine Lagarde sees “no signs” of U.S. recession “in the near term”
UNITED NATIONS -- World leaders will start trickling into New York on Tuesday for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, but the big names, including President Donald Trump, won't show up to U.N. Headquarters until next week. More than 140 leaders will make their case to the UNGA this year on what is arguably the biggest world stage, but the biggest questions revolve, for the second year running, around Mr. Trump. Trump chairs the Council The American president's presence at the UNGA carries extra weight this year as the U.S. currently holds the monthly-rotating chair of the Security Council. The most intriguing event may be President Trump's chairing of a Council meeting -- his first time wielding the U.N. gavel. "Like it or not, unless the Pope or Kim Jong Un show up, all eyes are on Trump," one Security Council diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS News. But his seat at the helm and all the global attention aside, the odds of Mr. Trump … [Read more...] about “All eyes” on Trump: U.N. to meet amid tension with U.S.
ISLAMABAD -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday at a time when relations between the two countries have sunk to a new low. The United States last weekend canceled a $300 million Coalition Support Fund payment to Pakistan and on board the plane to Pakistan, Pompeo announced his appointment of an unpopular figure in Pakistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, as the new U.S. special adviser on Afghan reconciliation. Pompeo said he wanted to "reset" strained relations with Pakistan, but the appointment of Khalilzad could complicate his job. "He has been very critical of Pakistan in the past and his appointment will not help move things forward," said Zahid Hussain, defense analyst and author of two books on militancy in the region: Khalilzad was born in Afghanistan and served as U.S. special envoy to the country following the collapse of the Taliban from 2001-2003 and then U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003-2005. He has been critical of Pakistan, often blaming the … [Read more...] about Pompeo has tough task to “reset” ties in Pakistan
The homes of ambassadors are often decorated with expensive art, historical photographs and fancy awards. But Czech Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček's residence in Washington, D.C. is more like a zoo for dead animals. Throughout his diplomatic career, Kmoníček has sharpened his hunting skills. He has served all over the world and has the trophies to prove it: a kangaroo from Australia, a snake from India, a crocodile from Sudan, a wolf from Mongolia. "Are you a real man or just another European?" says Kmoníček with a laugh, imitating skeptical greetings when he gets to a country for the first time. "So sometimes you have to prove yourself. Sometimes the poor animal will be the victim." Kmoníček became the Czech Republic's top diplomat in the U.S. last year and says that his time working outside of the US and Europe has made him numb "sudden changes." "With my previous diplomatic experience, it was clear it is very hard to surprise me," he explains. … [Read more...] about Czech ambassador to the U.S. once killed a crocodile with a knife