Following are the top foreign stories at 2000 hours

FGN21: PAK-PRESIDENT-LDALL ZARDARI ****Asif Ali Zardari sworn in as Pakistan's 14th President Islamabad: Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday took oath as Pakistan's 14th President, a day after the veteran politician staged a remarkable comeback when he was overwhelmingly elected as the only civilian president of the coup-prone country for a second time. By Sajjad Hussain**** FGN24: PAK-GOVT-NAWAZ-CABINET ****Nawaz Sharif directs PM Shehbaz Sharif to form cabinet quickly, party requests PPP to join the cabinet Islamabad: The ruling coalition of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan Peoples Party is set to finalise the federal cabinet soon with the PML-N deciding to request its prime supporter PPP to join the Cabinet, according to a media report on Sunday.**** FGN13 NEPAL-CABINET **** Nepal PM Prachanda expands cabinet by adding two new ministers Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Sunday expanded his Cabinet for a second time by inducting two new members, days after dumping the Nepali Congress and forging a new alliance with the CPN-UML. By Shirish B Pradhan**** FGN11 NEPAL-POLITICS-PRACHANDA ****Nepal PM 'Prachanda' to seek third vote of confidence by March 13 Kathmandu: Nepal's Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' is planning to seek a vote of confidence in Parliament by March 13, days after he forged a new alliance with the CPN-UML.**** FGN17: NEPAL-US ****US offers assistance to Nepal to conclude peace process Kathmandu: The US ambassador to Nepal on Sunday met with the newly-appointed foreign minister and finance minister and expressed the Biden administration's willingness to provide assistance to complete the ongoing peace process in Nepal. By Shirish B Pradhan**** FGN22: LANKA-IMF-MEET-OPPOSITION ****Sri Lanka's Opposition declines President's invitation to attend IMF review meeting Colombo: The Opposition in Sri Lanka on Sunday declined the invitation by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to attend a review meeting of the IMF bailout programme scheduled for Monday to help the cash-strapped nation to overcome the financial crisis it has been facing since 2022.**** FGN9 CHINA-ZARDARI-LD XI ****Xi Jinping greets new Pak President Zardari; says close China-Pakistan ties 'choice of history' Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday congratulated Asif Ali Zardari on his election as the Pakistan President, saying that the “iron-clad friendship between the two countries is a “choice of history” and the strategic significance of their ties has become more prominent considering the current changes in the world.By K J M Varma **** FGN18: PAK-OPPOSITION LEADER ****Omar Ayub of Imran Khan’s party named leader of opposition in Pakistan’s National Assembly Islamabad: Jailed former prime minister Imran Khan’s PTI and the Sunni Ittehad Council have jointly nominated his party leader Omar Ayub Khan as the leader of the opposition in Pakistan’s National Assembly.**** FGN19: UK-PALACE-CRASH ****Man arrested after car crashes into gates of Buckingham Palace London: Armed Scotland Yard officers swooped in to arrest a man after a car crashed into the main gates of Buckingham Palace in London, which remains shuttered up on Sunday following the incident. By Aditi Khanna**** GSP