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Ukraine hopes India will play key role in planned global peace summit

Borovets said about 5,000 Indian students are currently in Ukraine – down from 22,000 at the start of the war - and her country “really wants them back”

Ukrainian deputy foreign minister Iryna Borovets (Twitter/@raisinadialogue)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 08:34 PM IST

Among biggest challenges for India, China is to arrive at equilibrium: Jaishankar

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said India should be confident to “leverage” the international system to find the best possible outcome

External affairs minister S Jaishankar sought to question the position adopted by the West against Russia, and in the context of Russia-China relations (X/DrSJaishankar)
Published on Feb 23, 2024 02:18 PM IST

Multilateral forums need reforms, says Jaishankar

Jaishankar contended there was a larger global rebalancing that is bigger than the UN, and this was also about how “rules have been gamed”

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks during the Raisina Dialogue Panel discussion, as Netherlands Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot looks on, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 23, 2024 06:31 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Expanding relationship with India is one of our core foreign policies: Norway min

Against the backdrop of India reportedly seeking a commitment from EFTA, which comprises Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, to invest up to $100 billion in the next 15 years, Kravik declined to go into specifics

Norway’s deputy foreign minister Andreas Motzfeldt Kravik (Twitter Photo)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 08:46 PM IST

EFTA hopeful of finalising India trade deal in ‘days or weeks’: Norway minister

The issue of specific targets for investments and possible ramifications if such targets aren’t met had come up in the negotiations

Norway’s deputy foreign minister Andreas Motzfeldt Kravik (Photo/X)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 08:36 PM IST

China’s behaviour over Taiwan, border dispute with India concerning: German minister

German minister of state for foreign affairs Tobias Lindner rejected the accusation that Europe is only focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

German minister of state for foreign affairs Tobias Lindner said China was getting more and more assertive and sometimes even questioning the international rules-based order (X/FollowCII)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 06:55 PM IST

UN reform is a common sense proposition, says Jaishankar at Raisina Dialogue

Jaishankar emphasised the need to revamp global bodies, saying they hadn’t found multilateral solutions to all the big issues in recent years.

External affairs minister S. Jaishankar speaks during the Raisina Dialogue 2024 in New Delhi (PTI VIA @raisinadialogue)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 06:20 PM IST

EU interested in doing more with India on security cooperation: Stefano Sannino

The European side is interested in doing more with India to build on substantial cooperation in the maritime sector, including joint exercises and activities

Stefano Sannino, secretary general of the European External Action Service
Published on Feb 22, 2024 12:30 AM IST

Security becoming more important in India-EU partnership, say EU's top diplomat

Sannino said the European side wants an agreement that is ambitious and also opens up markets

Twitter Photo
Published on Feb 21, 2024 09:48 PM IST

India, Greece agree to bolster ties as Modi meets Greek counterpart Mitsotakis

Mitsotakis is the first Greek premier to travel to India in 16 years, and his trip is a follow-up to Modi’s visit to Athens last year, the first by an Indian premier in four decades

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 05:27 PM IST

No tangible breakthrough in fresh Indian, Chinese military commanders talks

The 21st round of talks between Indian and Chinese corps commanders since the start of the stand-off in May 2020 was held at the Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on February 19

The Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh sector. (ANI/File)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 12:36 PM IST

Ties with Europe, US, seen ups and downs, but Russia never hurt us: Jaishankar

India had no option but to procure Russian crude when its energy suppliers in West Asia gave priority to selling petroleum to Europe, which paid higher prices

External affairs minister S. Jaishankar (PTI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 09:27 PM IST

Red Sea events exposed ‘fragility of existing connectivity’: Jaishankar

Events in Red Sea & Gulf of Aden post Israel-Hamas conflict show need for multiple resilient trade corridors, says Indian minister Jaishankar at business conclave.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar. (File photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 07:49 PM IST

US remains engaged with India on Pannun case: US official Richard Verma

US deputy secretary Richard Verma acknowledged that the Indian side has taken the matter “very seriously” but didn’t go into details

US deputy secretary Richard Verma served as the US envoy in New Delhi during 2015-17. (X/DepSecStateMR)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 05:16 PM IST

India, 4 European countries eye trade deal as Delhi pushes for $100b investment

EFTA members -- Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland -- want further progress on the trade deal with India on the margins of the Raisina Dialogue this week

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal at a meeting with a delegation from the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) led by Swiss State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Helene Budliger Artieda in London, July, 2023. (Photo credit:PIB)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 08:35 PM IST
By, Rajeev Jayaswal

In Munich, Jaishankar calls for ‘permanent fix’ to Israel-Palestine conflict

Calling for the return of hostages taken by Hamas during the October 7 terror attacks, Jaishankar said it is important to be very mindful of civilian casualties

EAM S Jaishankar
Published on Feb 17, 2024 10:22 PM IST

In Munich, Jaishankar, Antony Blinken discuss West Asia situation, Indo-Pacific

Jaishankar and Antony Blinken are understood to have discussed various aspects of the burgeoning India-US strategic ties

External affairs ministerS Jaishankar and Antony Blinken met on the sidelines of the prestigious Munich Security Conference in its 60th edition. (X/DrSJaishankar)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 10:22 PM IST

India, Taiwan sign MoU to bring Indian workers to tide over labour shortage

The India, Taiwan MoU on migration and mobility, which will strengthen bilateral labour cooperation, was signed after years of discussions

The MoU between India and Taiwan will open the doors for Indian workers to seek employment in the island. (AP FILE)
Updated on Feb 17, 2024 02:48 AM IST

India flags concerns about narcotics and terror at regional meet on Afghanistan

Deputy national security adviser Vikram Misri represented India at the 6th regional dialogue of officials of security councils and national security advisers on Afghanistan, which was held in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek

The 6th Regional Dialogue of Secretaries of Security Councils/National Security Advisers on Afghanistan was held in Bishkek today (ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 07:11 PM IST

PM Modi thanks Emir of Qatar for release of 8 ex-Indian Navy personnel

The former naval personnel, employed by Dahra Global that provided training and other services to Qatar’s armed forces, were detained in August 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, Qatar, February 15, 2024. Qatar News Agency/Handout (VIA REUTERS)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 08:10 PM IST

Top global energy body to discuss India's full membership

IEA executive director Fatih Birol said the organisation is happy that ministers of its member states have agreed to start membership talks with India

 International Energy Agency (IEA) 2024 ministerial meeting (AFP Photo)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 12:11 AM IST

Modi lays foundation stone of 100,000sqm Bharat Mart in Dubai to boost exports

The Bharat Mart facility in Dubai, which has been compared to China’s Dragon Mart, will be built by DP World and is expected to be operational by 2025

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the foundation stone event of 'Bharat Mart', a warehousing facility, in Dubai. (PTI)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 08:21 PM IST

Should forge global protocol to cope with challenges due to new tech: PM Modi

World Governments Summit in Dubai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the world needs governments that are inclusive and use technology as medium of big change

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers his speech at the World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE, on Wednesday (PTI)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 07:41 PM IST

India, UAE ink eight pacts on electricity, digi payments

The UAE is one of India’s closest strategic and energy partners in West Asia, and trade was boosted by the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) in 2022.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan witness a transaction made using the JAYWAN card, based on India's digital RuPay credit and debit card stack, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 04:52 AM IST

Feels like home, says Modi in Abu Dhabi as India, UAE sign 8 pacts

In a special gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received at the airport by UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and accorded a ceremonial welcome.

Abu Dhabi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan inspects a Guard of Honour upon his arrival on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 07:33 PM IST

Looking at taking forward India-UAE comprehensive strategic partnership: PM Modi

Modi said he was also looking forward to meeting Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Amir of Qatar, saying the country continues to witness tremendous growth and transformation

PM Modi will make an official visit to the UAE during February 13-14 before travelling to Qatar during Feb 14-15. (Facebook | Narendra Modi)
Published on Feb 13, 2024 12:18 PM IST

Qatar frees Indian ex-navy men; 7 back home in India: Legal battle decoded

Qatar has released eight former Indian Navy personnel who were sentenced to death on undisclosed charges, leading to a visit to the country by PM Modi.

A combination of pictures shows the ex-Indian Navy veterans, who were in custody in Qatar, at the Delhi airport on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 06:02 AM IST
By, New Delhi

8 ex-Indian Navy personnel released, PM Modi skeds a visit to Qatar on Feb 14

Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra announced on Monday that PM Narendra Modi will visit Qatar on February 14 after a trip to the UAE

FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani during the COP28 in UAE on December 1. (PTI File/@narendramodi/X)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 10:15 PM IST

Qatar releases eight former Indian Navy personnel

The eight former Indian Navy personnel were sentenced to death after being detained in August 2022 on undeclared charges

All but one of the men returned home on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 12:59 PM IST

Pakistan election drama continues as 3 main parties step up efforts to form govt

Pakistan's three main political parties are working to form a government after a split mandate in the general election saw uncertain results.

Supporters of Imran Khan’s PTI in Karachi on Saturday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 02:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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