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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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Foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra to visit Bangladesh on April 20

Kwatra is set to meet his Bangladeshi counterpart Masud Bin Momen and foreign minister Hasan Mahmud during his day-long visit

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra addressing a press briefing in New Delhi. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 03:46 PM IST

US NSA Jake Sullivan postpones India visit, second time in 2024

Sullivan was expected to be in New Delhi for a meeting with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval on April 18 to review the India-US Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan. (AP Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 09:51 AM IST

Iran to allow Indian authorities to meet crew members of seized ship

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian gave the assurance while speaking on the phone with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on Sunday

The vessel was seized about 80 km off the coast of the UAE. (AP)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 11:52 AM IST

Jaishankar dials Israel and Iran counterparts, expresses concern over conflict

India has pushed for de-escalation and a return to dialogue and diplomacy in the context of both the Israel-Hamas conflict and tensions between Iran and Israel

External affairs minister S Jaishankar in New Delhi on Sunday. (Ajay Aggarwal/ HT Photo)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 08:07 AM IST

India for immediate de-escalation after Iran launches drones, missiles at Israel

Iran carried out its first ever direct attack on Israel by launching hundreds of drones and missiles.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said India is seriously concerned at the escalation of hostilities between Israel and Iran which threatens the peace and security in the region. (File)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 11:45 AM IST

India in touch with Iran for release of Indian crew members of seized ship

Commandos from the IRGC rappelled down from a helicopter to the container ship near the Strait of Hormuz and seized the vessel.

An official slides down a rope during a helicopter raid on MSC Aries ship at sea in this screen grab obtained from a social media video released on April 13 (via REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 10:16 PM IST

MEA issues travel advisory for Israel, Iran over rising tensions

India advises citizens not to travel to Iran or Israel due to rising tensions. Indians in these countries urged to take precautions for safety.

People attend the funeral procession for seven Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps members killed in an Israeli strike on an Iranian diplomatic compound in Syria on April 1. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 05:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Myanmar situation is precarious, says India after fall of key border town

Staff of the Indian consulate in Sittwe were temporarily relocated to Yangon, while the consulates in Mandalay remains “fully functional”

Lightning illuminates the sky behind the gunner on a Thai military armored vehicle, as he keeps watch along the Moei river in Mae Sot in Thailand's Tak province on Friday. Thailand's foreign minister has urged Myanmar's military authorities not to violently respond to its army's loss of an important border trading town to its opponents, and that so far it seems to be exercising restraint. (AP)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Don’t travel to Israel, Iran, says India in travel advisory as tensions spike

The new advisory means Indian workers would not be able to travel to Israel under a government-to-government arrangement to work in the construction sector

A woman looks at memorabilia and pictures of the hostages kidnapped in the deadly October 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas from Gaza, at Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv on April 11 (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 07:08 PM IST

Ukraine peace summit organisers look to India to help shape agenda, discussions

Besides seeking India’s participation in the summit, the Swiss side called on New Delhi to play a role in shaping the agenda and discussions

Following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s request, the Swiss government this week announced plans to hold the so-called peace summit (AP)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 06:21 PM IST

India to send military attaches to African states, Armenia, Philippines

The move to post defence attachés for the first time to the Philippines and Armenia follows the Indian side’s sales of weapons systems to both countries.

The move to post defence attachés for the first time to the Philippines and Armenia follows the Indian side’s sales of weapons systems to both countries.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 06:48 AM IST

Myanmar instability hits two crucial India-funded infrastructure projects

Myanmar’s junta has suffered a string of humiliating defeats after three armed groups joined hands to launch a coordinated offensive last October

The progress in implementing key infrastructure projects has suffered because of the prevailing security situation in Myanmar (FILE PHOTO/REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 07:44 PM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal,

Non-European Union states keen on investment agreements with India

Coinciding with the termination of investment treaties, the Indian government developed a model agreement after studying global good practices

Non-EU states, which are among some 68 countries whose bilateral investment treaties were terminated by the Indian government in recent years, are also keen to finalise such pacts. (Representative photo)
Published on Apr 09, 2024 07:04 PM IST
By, Rajeev Jayaswal

Myanmar junta suffers another defeat at hands of resistance forces

The fall of Myawaddy is being seen as yet another setback for the junta that will add to instability in Myanmar

The offensive launched last October by the Three Brotherhood Alliance, which comprises Arakan Army, Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), has seen the junta troops being driven out of large areas in Sagaing region on the border with India. (AP/Representative photo)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 06:48 PM IST

Much ado about shrimp as exporters seek govt help to quell ‘foreign lobby’

States, particularly Andhra Pradesh have been also alerted, a third person said. Andhra Pradesh is biggest supplier of shrimp to the US

The US is India’s biggest buyer, about $2.4 billion worth of shrimp. More Indian shrimp reach the US after processing in a third country. (Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 10:22 PM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal, , New Delhi

India abstains as UN body adopts motion against Israel for possible war crimes

Japan and the Netherlands were among the 13 countries that abstained when the resolution presented by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC was put to vote

FILE PHOTO: Palestinians walk past the ruins of houses destroyed during Israel's military offensive, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Gaza City. (REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 05:23 AM IST

On Maldives’ request, India clears export of food items including rice, wheat

The clearance for the exports comes at a time when ties between India and the Maldives are at a low, especially after the election of Prez Mohamed Muizzu

President Muizzu has repeatedly said in recent weeks that he intends to reduce the Maldives’ dependence on any one country for food security. (AFP FILES)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 07:35 PM IST

India expresses concern at Israeli strike on Iranian diplomatic compound in Syria

MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said India is distressed at the escalating tensions in West Asia, and their potential to fuel further violence and instability

Smoke rises after what the Iranian media said was an Israeli strike on a buidling close to the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria on April 1 (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 09:14 PM IST

MEA steers clear of political row over Katchatheevu, says Jaishankar clarified

Jaiswal faced questions on what the current BJP government had done about the issue over the past 10 years and whether the matter has been raised with Sri Lanka

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal faced a flurry of questions on Katchtheevu island. (Screengrab)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 10:53 PM IST

India urges Israeli authorities to ensure safety of Indian workers

The first batch of 64 Indian workers travelled to Israel on Tuesday and more batches are expected to be sent this month

External affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal. (File photo.)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 08:27 PM IST

US has not asked India to reduce Russian oil imports: Officials

Soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine two years ago, the US and its Western partners pressured India not to buy discounted Russian commodities, especially oil and fertilisers

Russian oil is priced above $60 a barrel (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 06:02 PM IST

Govt looks to make North East export hub for Bangladesh, Asean

The government is rapidly implementing a comprehensive strategy to make the landlocked northeastern region an export hub for markets in Bangladesh and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

HT Image
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 07:32 AM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal, , New Delhi

Amid row, Lankan think tank says set up marine research station on Katchatheevu

Pathfinder Foundation, a leading independent think tank, called on Sri Lankan authorities to establish a permanent marine research station on Katchatheevu

Indian fishers boycotted the annual feast at St Antony’s Church this year to protest the arrest of members of the community by Sri Lankan authorities. (Photo:Kumanan Kanapathippillai)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 09:54 PM IST

Second batch of Indian military personnel to leave this month: Maldivian President Muizzu

Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu said the withdrawal process is underway in line with agreements reached by the two sides

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu during official talks with the Chinese President Xi Jinping during a state visit to China on January 10 (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 08:38 PM IST

Shun double standards in countering terror, says NSA Ajit Doval at security meet

India has often used such regional security meetings to call for concerted action against cross-border terrorism

National security adviser Ajit Doval. (File photo.)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 07:35 PM IST

‘Senseless attempts’: India disses China over renaming Arunachal locations

MEA said assigning invented names won’t alter the reality that Arunachal Pradesh is, has been, and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India

A Buddha statue is pictured in Tawang near the Line of Actual Control (LAC), neighbouring China, in India's Arunachal Pradesh in 2021, (AFP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 02, 2024 06:12 PM IST

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
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