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Putin, Trump will meet at G20 summit as planned: Kremlin
MOSCOW: A meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will take place at this week’s G20 summit as planned, the Kremlin said Thursday, despite US threats to cancel over Moscow’s tensions with Ukraine.
“Washington has confirmed the meeting,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists. Peskov said the meeting in Argentina would start around noon on Saturday with “brief talks between the leaders” followed by broader Russia-US talks that could last around an hour.
Peskov stressed the need for open communication between the leaders, even if they are unlikely to agree on all the issues. Martial law in Ukraine as Trump threatens to cancel Putin meet “We need to think about how to start talking about the topics of bilateral relations, the topics of strategic security and disarmament and regional conflicts,” Peskov said.
“We don’t have to agree on all the issues and indeed that may be impossible but we need to talk. That’s in the interests not only of our two countries, it’s in the interests of the whole world.” Trump said this week that as a result of Russia’s armed seizure of three Ukrainian ships, he was considering pulling out of the one-on-one talks with Putin. “Maybe I won’t have the meeting.
Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” he told the Washington Post on Tuesday. In a phone call with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump expressed “deep concern” at the incident, the White House said Wednesday.
Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) being celebrated today with religious reverence
(Lahore).Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) is bein g observed across the country with traditional religious zeal today (Wednesday). The day dawned with thirty-one gun salute in the federal capital and twenty-one gun salutes in all the provincial capitals to pay homage to the last Prophet. The government has announced a public holiday on Wednesday. Special Conferences, events, and Mehafil-e-Naat have been arranged to pay respect to the last messenger whose whole life and teachings are beacons of light for the whole of mankind. Large as well as small Eid Milad-un-Nabi processions will be taken out in different parts of the country, including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Karachi, Quetta, Faisalabad, Lahore, Multan, Muzaffargarh, Abbotabad, Mansehra, Muzaffarabad, Gilgit, Astore, Skardu, Bahawalpur, Vehari, Jahanian and other areas. Strict Security measures have been taken to maintain the law and order situation and avoid any untoward situation. The Sindh government has imposed two-day ban on pillion riding. Cellular services have been suspended in parts of the country and will be restored in the night. Government and private buildings have been decorated with colourful lights, flags, buntings and banners to mark the occasion. This includes city streets, mosques, shrines, shopping centers as well as private residences. Owners of buses, trucks, taxi cars, and motorcycles also decorated their vehicles artistically to pay homage to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The federal government has organised two-day international Rehmatal-Lil-Aalameen Conference in Islamabad at Jinnah Convention Centre under the auspices of Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony.
President and PM Messages President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have congratulated the nation on the event. They also called for truly following the teachings of the last Prophet to realize the objective of establishing an Islamic welfare state. In his message, President Arif Alvi said we should give preference to collective national and religious interests and bring positive change in our deeds and actions to transform the country in accordance with the State of Madina. Prime Minister Imran Khan in his message said the nation should make firm pledge today that it will follow the life of holy Prophet (SAWW) in true spirit whilst rising above any petty interests. He said we should refrain from steps which distort the image of Islam in the world. The Prime Minister urged the countrymen to promote unity, tolerance, brotherhood and interfaith harmony amongst their ranks as per the teachings of holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW).