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23 March 2017

Pakistan and Iran have worked together to bring stability to Afghanistan, although they do not see eye-to-eye on a future role for the Taliban. There is much potential in their relationship, especially with regard to the export of energy and Pakistan will progressively deepen its relationship with Iran. That relationship will also be informed by Pakistan’s relationship with China, its interests in Afghanistan and Central Asia, and its ongoing enmity with India.

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  • 21 March 2017
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    World Water Day is 22 March. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will visit Australia and New Zealand from 22-29 March, while Defence Minister Chang Wanquan will visit Nepal and Bangladesh from 23-26 March.  

  • 13 March 2017
    What’s Next?

    Saudi King Salman will visit China from 15-18 March, while US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will begin a series of visits to Japan, South Korea and China on 15 March. Also on 15 March, Pakistan will begin its first nationwide census in 19 years

  • 7 March 2017
    What’s Next?

    Jakarta is the venue for the inaugural Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit on 7 March. Indonesia-Australia Business Week runs until 10 March. The results of the Indian state elections will be announced on 11 March.

  • 28 February 2017
    What’s Next?

    The 32nd Council of Ministers’ meeting of the Indian Ocean Commission will be held at La Réunion, on 1 March. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault will be in Australia from 1 to 3 March, visiting Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.


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