In this Sunday, April 28, 2013 photo, Pakistan’s former Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Sharif speaks during an election rally in Murree, Pakistan.
Reposted from the Boston Herald
By Munir Ahmed and Zarar Khan
ISLAMABAD — On the campaign trail in Pakistan, candidates boast about their readiness to stand up to Washington and often tout their anti-American credentials. One party leader even claims he would shoot down U.S. drones if he comes to power.
So it’s perhaps no surprise that the government that emerges from next month’s parliamentary election is likely to be more nationalistic and protective of Pakistani sovereignty than its predecessor.
As a result, the U.S. may need to work harder to enlist Islamabad’s cooperation, and the new Pakistani government might push for greater limits on unpopular American drone strikes targeting Taliban and al-Qaida militants in the country.
Reposted from The Diplomat
By Le Dinh Tinh
The Vietnam “story” has changed over time. First, it was a war story; then Vietnam “became a country” in the run-up to the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam relations in 1995. Now the country is moving forward with a new narrative, a strategy of active and proactive international integration.
Now, the country’s top foreign policy makers have decided it’s time for Vietnam to fully launch itself into the international arena. In a conversation with the Council on Foreign Relations last year, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said: “This was a turning point in our foreign policy, because before we focused on economic integration, but now we also integrate in all areas such as not only economic but politics, diplomacy, security, defense, culture and social effects.” More…
Reposted from VietNamNet Bridge
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Colombian counterpart Maria Angela Holguin
Vietnam hopes to strengthen ties with Colombia in various fields such as politics, diplomacy, economics, trade, energy, oil and gas, culture, education and tourism. Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh emphasized this during February 27 talks with his Colombian counterpart, María Ángela Holguin, in Hanoi.
He highly appreciated Colombia’s proposal to create a mechanism and legal foundation for bilateral relations and its decision to send a cultural and art troupe to the 2012 Hue Festival, within the framework of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). More…