In a major development North and South Korean officials have agreed for third summit between their leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, to be held in North Korean capital Pyongyang in September. Representatives of the two countries said in a joint press statement Monday.
According to the statement issued at the end of the meeting “South Korea and North Korea agreed to hold the summit in September in Pyongyang.” The exact date for the summit was not announced.
The agreement was made during a ministerial-level meeting at the request of North Korea held on the North’s side of Panmunjeom within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) held on Monday morning.
The talks were led by South Korea’s unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon and North Korea’s Ri Son-gwon, the chairman of the committee for the peaceful reunification of the country.
“During the meeting, the two Koreas discussed issues that need to be actively dealt with. They also talked on how to implement follow-up measures to the Panmunjeom Declaration,” said the statement.
South Korea’s unification minister Cho Myoung-gyon, while briefing media said the North reaffirmed its commitment for permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula and explained its denuclearization measures.
“Further specifics relating to the upcoming summit in Pyongyang will be discussed at working-level meetings. Seoul asked Pyongyang to speed up its nuclear disarmament talks, which have seen little progress, since the Washington-Pyongyang summit in Singapore. Regarding the request, the North said the country was pushing forward with steps agreed to by the United States,” Cho said.
Meanwhile, North Korea’s Chairman of committee for the peaceful reunification Ri Son-gwon said that two Koreas also agreed to quickly finish establishing a liaison office in the Gaeseong Industrial Complex; and that the South would provide supplies and materials to modernize the North’s railway infrastructure.
Two Koreas have agreed for a summit amidst growing doubts over Pyongyang’s “sincere intention” toward denuclearization that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump agreed to at their June 12 summit in Singapore.
The “complete” denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was reportedly agreed to in exchange for security guarantees from Washington. At earlier inter-Korean summit in April, Seoul and Pyongyang also agreed on denuclearization.
After North Korea-US summit held in June in Singapore this year, Pyongyang has destroyed a nuclear test facility, begun dismantling missile test sites and returned the remains of U.S. troops killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War as concessions to the United States.
North Korea now wants reciprocity from US administration such as a partial lifting of economic sanctions.
The US has not responded to the North Korean gestures. However, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it has communication with North Korea both by phone and text after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Advisor John Bolton expressed “uneasiness” with the lack of progress on denuclearization.
Recently North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho criticized the US for maintaining economic sanctions and not responding to the North’s request to officially declare an end to the Korean War.
A South Korean official has reportedly said, “The third summit is aimed at maintaining momentum on various fronts based on mutual trust. Talks must focus on narrowing differences between all interested parties to establish a permanent peace.”
The ministerial meeting lasted for 71 minutes after starting at 10:00 a.m. Expectations were high that it would be successful as South Korea’s Ri made “goodwill gestures” to North’s Cho.
“I realize that now is an era in which we hold hands to go forward together,” Ri said in his opening remarks, according to pool reports.
Hardeep Nijjar killing row: Canada’s defence minister says ties with India important
The Defence Minister further mentioned that if the allegations are proven true, there is a very significant concern that Canada will have with respect to the violation of our sovereignty.
Canada’s defence minister Bill Blair said that his country’s ties with India are important. HIs statement amidst a diplomatic standoff between both the countries. However, he also added that his country wants a thorough investigation into the allegation.
The escalating tensions between both the countries began after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asserted that his country’s security agencies were investigating a link between the Indian government and the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Defence Minister Bill Blair noted that they understand this can be, and has proven to be, a challenging issue with respect to their relationship with India. However, at the same time, they have the responsibility to make sure that they carry out a thorough investigation and get to the truth, he added.
The Defence Minister further mentioned that if the allegations are proven true, there is a very significant concern that Canada will have with respect to the violation of our sovereignty. On the other hand, India rejected the allegation as absurd and motivated.
India’s Ministry of External Affairs remarked that Canada has shared no specific information regarding its charges, flagging politically condoned hate crimes and criminal violence in that country. Furthermore, the foreign ministry has advised its nationals in Canada and those contemplating travelling there to exercise utmost caution.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also claimed that such credible allegations were shared with India weeks ago. He added that they want to work constructively with India and hope that New Delhi engages with them so that they can get to the bottom of this very serious matter.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said that Washington is deeply concerned about the allegations and that they want to see accountability in the case.
Khalistani terrorist, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was shot dead outside a gurdwara in Canada’s British Columbia in June. He was chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force and reportedly one of India’s most wanted terrorists.
National Daughters Day 2023: History, significance, theme and wishes
The purpose of National Daughter’s Day is to serve as a reminder that girls should be given equal chances, including access to education, practical life skills, and sports participation, among others.
In India, Daughter’s Day is observed on the final Sunday in September, which falls on September 24, 2023. India is the only big nation with a higher mortality rate for females than boys, according to UNICEF.
At birth, there are 900 females for every 1000 boys in the nation. In the world, boys are 7% more likely than girls to die before the age of five. In India, though, the figures are dismal, with 11% more girls dying before turning five.
Given these troubling numbers, it is crucial to invest in the wellbeing of girls in order to empower them. The purpose of National Daughter’s Day is to serve as a reminder that girls should be given equal chances, including access to education, practical life skills, and sports participation, among others.
The first National Daughters Day was observed in India in 2007, which is where the holiday’s origins can be found. Daughters have frequently been overlooked in a society where males have long been regarded with awe. The noble goal of this day is to inspire parents to show their admiration for their daughters.
In certain cultures, having daughters has been seen as more of a burden than a blessing. With the goal of reversing this perception, National Daughter’s Day exhorts parents to acknowledge the extraordinary gift that their daughters are.
The significance of National Daughters Day can be found in our ever-changing society. It’s a day set aside to gleefully acknowledge the daughters in our lives. Falling on a Sunday presents a chance for parents and daughters to spend quality time together, cherish one another, and have intimate life-related dialogues. It’s a day for giving, caring, and fostering the cherished relationship between mothers and daughters.
- Daughters are special and highly valued, which demonstrates that they were sent from heaven above
- Daughters are special; once we have them, we can never live without them. Happy Daughters’ Day!
- Daughters are the pride of their parents’ hearts; from birth, they are beautiful
- My darling daughter, my baby you will always be, no matter where you are. You are a little part of me, whether near or far. Happy Daughters’ Day!
- Daughters will soon be married and grown, then they may start a family of their own
Canadian PM Trudeau wants to work constructively with India, says Canada shared credible allegations with New Delhi weeks ago
India has repeatedly denied claims of receiving any intel regarding the allegations from Canada before Justin Trudeau’s announcement on Monday revealing them.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday asserted that Canada shared credible allegations that the Indian government may have been involved in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar weeks ago, according to reports.
The Canadian Prime MInister added that his country wants to work constructively with India and hope that New Delhi engages with them so that they can get to the bottom of this very serious matter. Meanwhile, India has repeatedly denied claims of receiving any intel regarding the allegations from Canada before Justin Trudeau’s announcement on Monday revealing them.
On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged that there was a potential link between an Indian government agent and the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, the chief of the banned Khalistan Tiger Force, who was gunned down in Surrey in June. Justin Trudeau made the allegations in the Canadian Parliament.
India has debunked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement deeming the allegations of the Government of India’s involvement in any act of violence in Canada as both absurd and motivated. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that they have seen and rejected the statement made by the Canadian Prime Minister in their Parliament. It added that they also rejected the statement made by their Foreign Minister.
After the allegations by PM Trudeau, the Canadian government expelled a top Indian diplomat. In a tit for tat move, New Delhi also expelled a Canadian diplomat. The Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also claimed that the Indian High Commission and consulates are facing security threats in Canada and therefore cannot process visa applications temporarily.
Hardeep Singh Nijjar was among India’s most-wanted terrorists, carrying a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head. He was fatally gunned down by two unidentified assailants outside a gurdwara in Surrey, a province of British Columbia in Canada, on June 18, according to reports.