Dialogues instead of Confrontation

Mar. 5, 2017

In a positive development, Pakistan and Afghanistan have said the two countries are discussing on/ are discussing a way/ a mechanism to deal with terrorism. The two sides have affirmed that/ are of the view that terrorism is their common enemy and cooperation is needed to deal with them. (that must be checked)

The relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan had been strained for many years. The two sides have repeatedly accused each other of giving shelter to/ harboring/ offering the hide-out for terrorists. Recently, on Feb. 16, after the self-declared Islamic state (IS) had conducted/ carried out a bomb attack on Southern Pakistan, killing more than 70 people and wounding  nearly 300, Pakistan closed its border with Afghanistan and requested Kabul government to hand over 76 terrorists taking shelter/ in the hide-out in Afghanistan. In response, Kabul requested Islamabad to hand over 85 leaders of Taliban Islamic movement,  The Haqqani network and other terrorist groups and take actions/ steps to remove/ do away with/ get rid of/ eliminate 32 training facilities/ centers/ terrorist bases in Pakistan territory.

Regardless of/ In spite of these developments, the latest statement of both Pakistan and Afghanistan has shown that the two sides agree to hold dialogues/talks rather than/ instead of confrontation. The fact that they have stopped blaming each other and cooperate with one another to defeat/ fight against the common enemy will help to prevent and remove the dangers of terrorism which has caused tragedies to both countries over the past years and will contribute positively to preserving peace and stability in the region.

Balanced approach

The administration of Australian PM M. Turbull has summoned about 110 Heads of the Australian mission back home to work on a diplomatic white paper. This is the first time Canberra government has gathered/ assembled high ranking diplomats to build/ work out/ map out the foreign policy document since 2003. The white paper is expected to be released/ published/ issued at the end of the year, which includes the guidelines for foreign policy and national development of Australia in the coming years.

Since taking office/coming to power in September 2015, in the context of unstable world’s affairs and complicated international relations, the government headed by PM Turbull has made efforts to balance between the strategic alliance with the US and the ties with its leading trade partner, China, as well as other countries. The domestic and foreign policy of Canberra government have been adjusted in the direction of economic development promotion and political, social stability.

With this flexible policy/ skillful maneuvering/ pragmatic approach, making use of the expertise helps Canberra government to follow/ adopt foreign policy in the national interest and suited to/ in response to/ meeting the new international environment and to continue the strategy of bringing Australia into a middle power status.

The effective remedy

At the last annual conference, African Union Peace and Security Council has called for the promotion of free labors and goods exchanges/ free flow/ movement of labors and goods within the group/ from within/ among the AU members in order to facilitate the regional integration. The therapy to promote development and eliminate poverty is expected to have/make positive impacts on peace and security in Africa.

The AUPSC Conference was a step to realize the decision made at the AU Summit in Rwanda in July 2016, which called for country members to issue common passport to all African citizens that have got work permit in the continent. The AUPSC’s resolution this time also called on its members to increase mutual trust, coordinate and cooperate to tackle common challenges.

As one of the/ among the “hot spots”, Africa is vulnerable to conflicts, poverty and epidemic. The black continent is making efforts to save it-self and the promotion of free exchanges of labor and goods from within is expected to be an effective remedy to the chronic epidemic of Africa.

Palmyra hallmark

With the support of Russia, the Syrian armed forces has completely freed/ liberated the ancient city Palmyra after 3-months attack on the postions/ strongholds of the self-declared Islamic state (IS). This important victory has helped the Syrian government’s army to control the strategic points in central Syria from which they can expand/widen/ enlarge their control to the Northern border.

This victory is possible thank to the important support of Russian Space Force (VKS) who has been standing side by side Syrian army in fierce battles. Russian aircrafts and helicopters possibly have carried out 40 to 50 air raids/strikes each day. The fact that the Syrian army has retaken Palmyra is highly valued in strategic terms and is regarded as a “lightening liberation”.

Following successive victories on Syrian battlefield, it has by now been proven that with the cooperation of Russia, Syrian army could retake strategic points from Syria. At the negotiation, Russia also put forth important suggestions. The Palmyra victory marked a remarkable turning point in the anti terrorist front that Russia is working on in Syria. It has encouraged Russia to continue with its key mediating role to bring peace to the Middle East after 6 years in the darkness of war.



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