Russian President Invites US President to Conduct Controversial Dialogue

In the New Year's telegram to US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin said a constructive dialogue between the two countries is crucial to world stability.

The Kremlin said on Saturday (30/12) that Putin emphasized in his Happy New Year to Trump for Russia and America to develop pragmatic cooperation with a long-term perspective based on "equality and mutual respect."

Putin argues that "the development of constructive Russian-American dialogue is essential to strengthening strategic stability in the world and finding the optimal answer to challenges and threats worldwide. "

The relationship between Moscow and Washington fell to the post-Cold War level after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia in 2014 and accusations of Russian interference in last year's US presidential election. [gp]

Pakistan Determined to Conduct War on Terror

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday (4/12) that Pakistan is committed to implementing the war on terror. He spoke at the beginning of his talks with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who was visiting Islamabad.

Abbas's Prime Minister told Defense Minister Mattis that Washington and Islamabad "share a common goal."

Mattis made no comment about the talks. [19659003] In his stopover in Cairo on Sunday, Mattis expressed his condolences to Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sissi for the recent terrorist attack on the mosque in Bir al-Abed, Egypt and addressed concerns about security concerns.

"When we talked with the Egyptians, the issue is what we can do in order to share about ISIS in Sinai, the one who carried out the assassination attack on a mosque, while the people were worshiping.We talked about border security, and what we could do, what else can we do there, share intelligence, and maybe help in some way, "says Mattis. [19659003] The main focus of Mattis' trip is to pressure Pakistan to end its relationship with militant groups attacking US coalition forces in Afghanistan.

"These are strong, morally, economically and diplomatic countries and, of course, in the military field. So I think it is important in South Asia that we all work together to restore stability that enables economic development, "added Mattis.

In October, Jim Mattis said that the United States would try" once again "to cooperate with Islamabad before take action in order to handle Pakistan's support for the militant group. [sp]