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Rezaul H Laskar is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.

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Centre targets Opposition again as Katchatheevu row escalates

Union govt accuses Congress and DMK of neglecting national interests in ceding Katchatheevu to Sri Lanka in 1970s; Modi and Jaishankar criticize opposition.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 07:58 AM IST

Investigating info on Pannun row because national security involved: Jaishankar

Jaishankar’s comment comes on the US ambassador’s contention that the alleged involvement of an Indian official in plot to kill Pannun crossed a “red line”

External affairs minister SJaishankar addressing a press conference at BJP HQ in New Delhi on Monday. (HT Photo/Vipin Kumar)
Published on Apr 01, 2024 08:44 PM IST

Ukraine cites India’s standing in Global South, seeks support for peace summit

Dmytro Kuleba acknowledged the legacy of India’s long-standing ties with Russia and said New Delhi could pick one or two topics from Zelenskyy’s 10-point formula

External affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar meets Ukraine foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba in New Delhi on Friday. (S Jaishankar X)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 08:31 PM IST

India matters, would like to have it on board for peace summit: Ukraine FM

Dmytro Kuleba said India could become the first non-Western power to support President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s 10-point peace formula

Ukraine foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba at Rajghat in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 08:45 AM IST

Respect sovereignty: India shuns fresh US comments

The US state department on Wednesday doubled down on its call for fair legal processes in the context of Kejriwal’s arrest

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal being taken from ED office to Rouse Avenue Court on Thursday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 07:31 AM IST

Looking to work constructively with Indian government: Trudeau on Nijjar killing

India-Canada relations cratered last year after Trudeau alleged there was a potential link between Indian government agents and the killing of Nijjar

File Photo
Published on Mar 28, 2024 11:31 PM IST

Unacceptable, says India on US remarks on Kejriwal’s arrest, Cong’s ‘funds freeze’

The US state department on Wednesday doubled down on its call for fair legal processes in the context of Arvind Kejriwal’s arrest

Delhi chief minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal comes out of the Rouse Avenue Court after he was produced by the Enforcement Directorate in the excise policy-linked money laundering case in New Delhi (PTI)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 05:43 PM IST

India, China hold another round of diplomatic talks on border standoff

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that restoring normalcy in ties with China hinges on the conventional deployment of troops along the LAC

For representational purposes only. (HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 28, 2024 10:17 AM IST

Bangladesh seeks assured supplies of five food commodities from India

India banned wheat exports in May 2022 and exports of non-basmati rice in July 2023 to cater to domestic requirements

Bangladesh has sought assured annual supplies of five food commodities, including rice and wheat (Representative Photo)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 05:13 PM IST

India summons US diplomat over State Department's remarks on Kejriwal arrest

India summoned US acting deputy chief of mission Gloria Berbena to protest US state department’s call for a fair legal process for arrested CM Arvind Kejriwal.

US' acting deputy chief of mission Gloria Berbena arrives at South Block after she was summoned by Ministry of External Affairs over recent US State Department remarks on Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's arrest on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 04:26 PM IST

India backs Philippines’ national sovereignty, says Jaishankar; China bristles

Jaishankar said India was convinced that the progress and prosperity of this region is best served by staunch adherence to a rules-based order

This handout photo shows Philippine scientists inspecting Sandy Cay reef, near the Philippine-held Thitu Island, in Spratly Islands, in the disputed South China Sea on March 22. The Philippine Coast Guard on March 22 accused a Chinese vessel of
Updated on Mar 26, 2024 08:59 PM IST

Senior diplomat Abhay Thakur to be new ambassador to Myanmar

Abhay Thakur, who has been named as India’s next ambassador to Myanmar, was a key member of the team that guided negotiations during India’s G20 presidency last year

Abhay Thakur is an officer from the 1992 batch of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and currently an officer on special duty in the external affairs ministry. (X/Abhay Thakur)
Published on Mar 26, 2024 06:42 PM IST

Peace summit at top of Ukrainian foreign minister’s agenda on Delhi visit

This will be Dmytro Kuleba’s first trip to India since he became foreign minister in 2020 and the first since the start of the conflict in 2022

Kuleba will hold his substantial meetings in New Delhi on March 28. (Dmytro Kuleba | Official X account)
Updated on Mar 26, 2024 07:16 PM IST

Modi announces 10k crore support for Bhutan over next 5 years

PM Modi was awarded the Order of Druk Gyalpo, Bhutan’s highest honour, after talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay in Bhutan on Friday (Twitter/@narendramodi)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 08:32 PM IST

PM Modi-Tshering Tobgay hold bilateral talks as India-Bhutan ink six agreements

The two sides also agreed on the text of an MoU for establishing two rail links – Kokrajhar-Gelephu and Banarhat-Samtse – and the modalities for their implementation

Tshering Tobgay personally welcomed PM Modi with an embrace on his arrival at Paro. (Narendra Modi | Official X account)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 05:04 PM IST

CBI, Europol sign arrangement for cooperation in tackling crimes, terrorism

CBI director Praveen Sood said the working arrangement is an outcome of years of negotiation between CBI and Europol to reach this common ground

The working arrangement was signed by CBI director Praveen Sood and Europol executive director Catherine De Bolle at a virtual event held in New Delhi and the Hague. (X/CBIHeadquarters)
Published on Mar 21, 2024 09:10 PM IST

India, Bhutan decide to put off PM Modi’s Thimpu visit over bad weather

PM Modi was to travel to Bhutan during March 21-22 for what was expected to be his last foreign visit before the upcoming general election

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L) walking with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting in New Delhi on April 4, 2023. (AFP FILE PHOTO/PIB)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 09:27 PM IST

Dialogue and diplomacy is way forward, PM Modi tells Putin and Zelenskyy

This was only the second time that PM Modi spoke to the leaders of the warring nations on the same day since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022

While speaking to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, PM Modi reiterated India’s “people-centric approach” and again described dialogue and diplomacy as the way forward (File Photo/Agencies)
Published on Mar 20, 2024 08:58 PM IST

India rejects China’s claim over Arunachal Pradesh, says it is absurd

The latest exchanges between India and China were triggered by the inauguration of the Sela Tunnel, built by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) at a cost of ₹825 crore

External affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said the Chinese side had made absurd claims over the territory of the Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh. (REUTERS FILE)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 02:45 PM IST

Ukraine FM to pitch for peace summit in 1st India visit since Russian invasion

Kuleba is expected to co-chair a meeting of the India-Ukraine inter-governmental commission with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar

Ukraine foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba. (Photo credit:X)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 10:42 PM IST

Maldives says 2nd batch of Indian military personnel will be withdrawn by Apr 10

The Indian side has begun replacing its military personnel with civilian technical staff following a demand by Maldivian President Muizzu.

Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 10:50 PM IST

Continue to press Russia for discharge of Indians from military jobs, says India

External affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reiterated that 20-odd Indians serving in the Russian military approached Indian authorities for help

An emergency worker inspects the body of a killed person at the site of a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine March 15. (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 07:16 PM IST

NSA Doval visited Israel to promote peace and stability in West Asia: MEA

NSA Ajit Doval met Benjamin Netanyahu, his Israeli counterpart Tzachi Hanegbi and several other senior leaders and discussed the developments in Gaza

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on March 11. (PTI File/IMAGE VIA @IsraeliPM)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 07:31 PM IST

As criminal gangs overrun Haiti, MEA says India ready to evacuate its citizens

Embattled PM Ariel Henry has offered to step down amid efforts by CARICOM to establish a transitional governing council

National Police stand guard outside the empty National Penitentiary after a small fire inside in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on March 14. This is the same facility that armed gangs stormed late March 2 and hundreds of inmates escaped. (AP)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 10:58 PM IST

‘Misplaced and unwarranted concerns’: India rejects US’ criticism of CAA

India’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion to all citizens and there are no grounds for concern about the treatment of the country’s minority communities, says MEA

External affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal (Twitter Photo)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 05:37 PM IST

Hope Ireland can be a gateway for India to EU: Simon Coveney

India’s voice is “listened to and heard” in the context of the Ukraine-Russia conflict and the Israel-Hamas war since it is perceived as a global superpower in terms of its economic and military heft and also from a diplomatic point of view, Coveney said

Ireland trade minister Simon Coveney (HT Photo/Sourced)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 08:13 PM IST

India seen as ‘safer bet’ for supply chains: Ireland trade minister

Coveney acknowledged that the relationship with India had not been as “high a priority as it should have been” for Ireland

Ireland’s trade minister Simon Coveney (Twitter/@IrlCGMumbai)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 08:04 PM IST

India-China border deployment risk for potential armed conflict: US intel report

The report highlights a fragile global order, China’s military expansion plans, its aggressive cyber operations

The assessment further states that China is looking to establish overseas military bases at mulitple locations. (Representative file photo)
Updated on Mar 14, 2024 12:52 PM IST

New Zealand, India share commitment to meet security challenges in Indo-Pacific

As he wound up his four-day India visit, New Zealand deputy PM Winston Peters said the two countries can, should and will be doing more together

External affairs minister S. Jaishankar with deputy prime minister and foreign minister of New Zealand Winston Peters during a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI/@DrSJaishankar)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 08:00 PM IST

Ahead of Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay’s India visit, cabinet clears 2 agreements

India and Bhutan enjoy “exemplary ties of friendship and cooperation, based on trust, goodwill and mutual understanding, said the external affairs ministry

(FILES) Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay will begin his five-day visit to India on March 14 (AFP FILE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 07:39 PM IST
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