Rezaul H Laskar

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

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Hopeful of new India-Australia trade pact to be finalised this year: PM Albanese

PM Narendra Modi and Australian PM Anthony Albanese said the two sides are moving ahead with negotiations on a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (CECA) to upgrade an interim trade deal finalised last year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at Rashtrapati Bhavan forecourt in New Delhi on Friday (HT Photo/Ajay Aggarwal)
Updated on Mar 11, 2023 01:22 AM IST

‘Very worrying’: PM Modi flags temple attacks at India-Australia summit

PM Modi said he raised India’s concerns about recent attacks on temples in Australia. “It is natural that such news is very worrying and distressing for everyone in India,” PM Modi said, speaking in Hindi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hand with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese after exchange of agreements and press statement in New Delhi on Friday. (AP)
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 03:08 PM IST

India, US to ink MoU on semiconductors, launch dialogue on export controls

US commerce secretary Gina Raimondo said the India-US MoU on cooperation in semiconductors will help the Indian side play a greater role in diversified supply chains

External affairs minister S Jaishankar meets US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI/Twitter/DrSJaishankar)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 09:09 PM IST

Not via Pak, India to send 20,000 tonnes wheat to Kabul through Chabahar Port

The first meeting of the India-Central Asia joint working group on Afghanistan in New Delhi focused on threats related to terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking as well as the humanitarian situation in the war-torn country

Trucks carrying food and pharmaceuticals crossed through a key border crossing between Pakistan and Afghanistan after it reopened on February 25, almost a week after Taliban authorities shut the busiest trading waypoint (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Mar 07, 2023 09:43 PM IST

India, Russia review bilateral trade and economic cooperation

External affairs minister S Jaishankar and Russian deputy prime minister Denis Manturov reviewed bilateral trade and economic cooperation, including the deficit in bilateral trade

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar attends a virtual meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural cooperation, on Monday with deputy prime minister of Russia Denis Manturov (PTI/Twitter/DrSJaishankar)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 09:54 PM IST

Australia sees India as ‘reliable, trusted partner’ for critical minerals: Envoy

Australian high commissioner Barry O’Farrell said cooperation in critical minerals will be high on the agenda during Australian PM Anthony Albanese’s four-day visit to India from March 8

Australian high commissioner Barry O’Farrell said both sides have a shared ambition of ensuring a peaceful, prosperous and sovereign Indo-Pacific region (Twitter/AusHCIndia)
Published on Mar 06, 2023 09:25 PM IST

India’s relationship is one of most important: Sri Lanka foreign minister

Pointing to the large volume of India-China trade despite border tensions, Sabry said Sri Lanka wants to work with everyone but will not allow India’s legitimate security or other interests to be undermined “under the guise of anything

Sri Lankan foreign minister MUM Ali Sabry (ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 04, 2023 07:11 PM IST

Won’t allow anything harmful for India’s security: Sri Lankan foreign minister

Sri Lankan foreign minister MUM Ali Sabry says the island nation’s financial condition is now in a much better position when compared with last year

Sri Lankan foreign minister MUM Ali Sabry. (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 10:18 PM IST

Need for cooperation in maritime domain is must: Indian Navy Chief

India’s policy for working with others in the region is based on the principles of respect, dialogue, peace and prosperity, and the vision of SAGAR or security and growth for all in the region

Indian Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar speaking at Raisina Dialogue (Twitter Photo)
Published on Mar 04, 2023 03:59 PM IST

Australian PM bats for stronger partnership with India, announces visit next week

Albanese also said in a tweet that he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will work to strengthen security cooperation and deepen economic, sporting and educational ties

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to visit India from March 8-11 (ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 12:15 PM IST

Quad opposes N-threat in backdrop of Ukraine

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or Quad, on Friday denounced the threat of use of nuclear weapons in the context of the Ukraine conflict as “inadmissible” and opposed unilateral actions to change the status quo or increase tensions in the South and East China Seas

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japan Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi in a picture after attending the Quad Foreign Ministers' Meet on the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue 2023, in New Delhi.(Secretary Antony Blinken Twitter)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 04:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Has Russia been invaded’: Top EU official rebuts Sergey Lavrov on Ukraine war

HT Interview: European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said it’s not a problem for us and good for India if they can buy Russian oil at a better price.

interview High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 04, 2023 02:11 AM IST

Quad opposes threat of use of nuclear weapons in context of Ukraine conflict

At their first interaction since the start of the Ukraine war, Blinken told Lavrov that Russia should end its aggression and return to the New ‘START Treaty’ that places verifiable limits on American and Russian nuclear arsenals.

From right to left Australian foreign minister Penny Wong, EAM S Jaishankar, US secretary of state Antony Blinken and Japan foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi (Twitter/@DrSJaishankar)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 12:55 PM IST

Quad foreign ministers to meet today

The foreign ministers of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad will hold a meeting in New Delhi on March 3 following Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi’s decision to go ahead with a visit to India

Quad group (ANI/ Representative Image)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 06:39 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Divisions on Ukraine amid blame game of East vs West

The G20 foreign ministers on Thursday failed to agree on a joint communique due to differences on the text to describe the Ukraine war despite a strong push by host India to bridge the divisions that have affected the grouping of the world’s biggest economies

A man walks past a model of G20 logo outside the finance ministry in New Delhi on March 1 (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 05:06 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Among the adjectives I used…’: Jaishankar on 45-min meeting with China’s Qin

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said the bulk of the conversation with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang was “about the current state of our relationship, which many of you have heard me describe as abnormal”

External affairs minister SJaishankar, right, met his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang on the sidelines of a gathering of foreign ministers from the Group of 20 industrialized and developing nations (S Jaishankar Twitter)
Updated on Mar 03, 2023 01:51 AM IST

At rare meeting with Sergey Lavrov, Antony Blinken makes 3 points on Ukraine

Antony Blinken and Sergey Lavrov spoke face to face during a brief meeting on the margins of the G20 meeting that was dominated by tensions over the Ukraine war. They had spoken only once on phone since the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 last year

US secretary of state Antony Blinken, (top centre), walks past Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov during the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in New Delhi on March 2 (AP)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 06:47 PM IST

Modi asks G20 ministers to set aside divisions, focus on challenges

G20 foreign ministers gathered for a meeting in New Delhi on Thursday under the shadow of tensions created by the Ukraine conflict

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 12:35 PM IST

Quad foreign ministers to meet in Delhi on March 3

The meeting is being held following Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi’s decision to travel to India

Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi’s preoccupation with the parliamentary session earlier cast doubt on his visit to India. (Twitter)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 09:21 AM IST

Jaishankar meets Antony Blinken, Chinese FM Qin Gang on the sidelines of G20 meet

The meetings assume significance in view of continuing US-China tensions and the dragging military standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Ladakh sector of the Line of Actual Control

External affairs minister S Jaishankar at the G20 foreign ministers' meeting in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 02, 2023 04:37 PM IST

India, Russia review bilateral ties amid division in G20 on Ukraine

External affairs minister S Jaishankar held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New Delhi on Wednesday against the backdrop of deep divisions within the G20 over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 12:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Ukraine looms over key G20 meet

New Delhi India on Wednesday called for the G20 to focus on the economic fallout of the Ukraine crisis, especially food and energy security in developing countries, ahead of a meeting of foreign ministers of the group that is set to be divided over condemning Russia’s aggression

A man walks past a model of G20 logo outside the finance ministry in New Delhi on March 1 (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 02, 2023 05:02 AM IST

India tries to keep G20 spotlight on economic fallout of Ukraine crisis

The G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Bengaluru last week ended without consensus on a joint statement because of opposition from China and Russia to the inclusion of two paragraphs condemning the war and criticising Moscow’s actions.

A man walks past a model of G20 logo outside the finance ministry in New Delhi on March 1 (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 01, 2023 08:33 PM IST

UK raises BBC searches with Jaishankar, told all entities must comply with law

The British government earlier said it was closely monitoring the searches conducted last month by India’s tax authorities at BBC offices in New Delhi and Mumbai over three days

External affairs Mmnister S. Jaishankar with UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in New Delhi on March 1 (PTI via @DrSJaishankar)
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 08:05 PM IST

British, Russian statements highlight divisions ahead of G20 ministers’ meeting

G20 foreign ministers’ meeting is happening against the backdrop of divisions within the grouping of the world’s largest economies over the Ukraine crisis

India is hosting a meeting of the G20 foreign ministers. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 10:42 AM IST

G20 challenge: Reaching a consensus on Ukraine war

The foreign ministers will meet just four days after a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Bengaluru ended without consensus on a joint statement because of opposition from China and Russia to a reference to the Ukraine war in the draft communique

Boards welcoming G20 delegates at Sardar Patel Marg in New Delhi. (Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 09:20 AM IST

India, UAE in talks to boost commercial ties

The UAE is keen on revisiting the bilateral arrangement for flights to help bring down airfares, Alshaali said in an interview

UAE ambassador Abdulnasser Jamal Alshaali
Published on Mar 01, 2023 12:23 AM IST

China foreign minister set to attend G20 meet

Foreign ministers from the world’s largest economies will meet in New Delhi during March 1-2 under the shadow of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and increasingly tense US-China ties

A board decorated with flowers for welcoming G20 delegates is being placed at Sardar Patel Marg in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. (Sanchit Khanna/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 01, 2023 12:34 AM IST
By, , Beijing/new Delhi

India, UAE working to finalise rupee-dirham arrangement for trade: Envoy

UAE ambassador Abdulnasser Jamal Alshaali said the UAE is also keen on revisiting the arrangement for flights to India and introducing flights to more Indian destinations to help bring down airfare

UAE ambassador Abdulnasser Jamal Alshaali
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 08:16 PM IST

Italian PM Giorgia Meloni arriving on India visit, will meet PM Modi on March 2

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will be accompanied for her two-day visit by deputy prime minister Antonio Tajani and a high-power business delegation

The external affairs ministry said Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s visit is expected to strengthen and deepen the relationship between India and Italy. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2023 06:43 PM IST
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