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India, Poland affirm commitment to cement bilateral ties

New Delhi [India] (ANI): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that a comprehensive review of cooperation was held between India and Poland, with its Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau on Tuesday.Both S Jaishankar and Zbigniew Rau have agreed on the importance of more political exchanges, expanded trade, smoother travel, and regional consultations. “A comprehensive review of ties today with FM @RauZbigniew of Poland. Agreed on the importance of more political exchanges, expanded trade, smoother travel and regional consultations. Look forward to welcoming him in India soon,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.In a separate tweet, Foreign Minister Jaishankar informed that he has called Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva and discussed the COVID-19 situation.“Called my friend FM Augusto Santos Silva of Portugal. Discussed the Covid situation. The India-EU Leaders’ Meeting in Porto and Migration & Mobility Agreement with Portugal were landmarks in 2021. Count on Portugal’s…

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Jaishankar to host India-Central Asia Dialogue from today, focus likely on Afghanistan

New Delhi [India]: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar is set to host the third meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue in New Delhi beginning Saturday that is aimed to further strengthen ties between the member countries, with particular focus on trade, connectivity and development cooperation.This meeting, which will last till December 20, will see participation from Foreign Ministers of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It assumes importance due to the ongoing humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban’s takeover of the country, Jaishankar has met several of the participating ministers for talks focusing on the issues concerning the troubled country. “External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be hosting the third meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue in New Delhi from Dec 18-20. Foreign Ministers of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will participate in the meeting,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi…

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From Indian perspective, Vietnam is key partner for ASEAN, Indo-Pacific: Jaishankar

New Delhi (India): Asserting that India’s Act East policy is a guiding partner and helped in the larger Indo-Pacific approach, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that from the Indian perspective, Vietnam is a key partner in both ASEAN and Indo-Pacific.Speaking at the celebrations of the 5th anniversary of the India-Vietnam comprehensive strategic partnership, Jaishakar highlighted that both countries have a substantial agenda in process, whether it is commerce, connectivity or culture. “India’s Act East policy has been the guiding principle of our engagement with ASEAN partners and Vietnam is no exception. From the Indian perspective, Vietnam is a key partner both in ASEAN and Indo-Pacific. We already have a substantial agenda on the way whether it is commerce, connectivity or culture,” Jaishankar said.Noting that the political and defence cooperation between India and Vietnam has been growing steadily, the Foreign Minister said:…

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EAM Jaishankar meets Russian counterpart ahead of 2 plus 2 ministerial dialogue

New Delhi [India]: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Monday met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday ahead of the inaugural meeting of the 2 + 2 dialogue mechanism at the level of the foreign and defence ministers.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) last month had said that the agenda for the “two plus two” format dialogue between India and the Russian Federation will cover “political and defence issues of mutual interest”. “The agenda for the dialogue will cover political and defence issues of mutual interest. The establishment of this new mechanism of two plus two dialogue is expected to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries,” MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi had said last month.Earlier today, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met with Russian Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu here at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan.Later in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and…

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India supports inclusive, representative govt in Afghanistan, says EAM Jaishankar

New Delhi [India]: Expressing concern over the recent developments in Afghanistan, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Friday said that India, as a neighbour and long-standing partner, supports an inclusive and representative government in the nation.Addressing the 18th meeting of the Russia-India-China Foreign Ministers on Friday, Jaishankar said: “As a neighbour and long-standing partner of Afghanistan, India is concerned about the recent developments in that country. India supports an inclusive and representative government in Afghanistan.” He further spoke about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and urges RIC countries to work together to ensure that assistance reaches the Afghan people without hindrance and politicisation.“RIC countries need to work together to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches the Afghan people without hindrance and politicisation. It is necessary for the RIC countries to coordinate respective approaches on the threats of terrorism, drug trafficking and radicalisation,” Jaishankar said…

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Quad has resilient, reliable supply chain of COVID-19 vaccines, says Jaishankar

Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday lauded Quad’s– comprising of Australia, India, Japan and US– efforts in producing, distributing COVID-19 vaccines and said that the group has a “resilient, reliable supply chain”.Speaking at a panel “Greater Power Competition: The Emerging World Order” at the Bloomberg New Economic Forum in Singapore, Jaishankar said, “It’s interesting, one of the initiatives under Quad (Australia, India, Japan and US) to jointly produce and distribute vaccines, which would be an American vaccine, made in India, Japanese will come in with a lot of financial support and Australians with a lot of logistics support.” “For me, it’s decentralized globalization, a more resilient, reliable supply chain. More trust and transparency, but also more flexible combinations, sit down and produce solutions to particular challenges,” the minister said“If I look not just at vaccines, if you look at the pharma world,…

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US today is much more flexible partner than in past, says Jaishankar

Singapore: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that the US today is a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions, working arrangements than in the past.“I have been dealing with the US for close to 40 years now. US today is a much more flexible partner, much more open to ideas, suggestions, working arrangements, than in the past,” Jaishankar said in response to a query during the panel discussion ‘Greater Power Competition: The Emerging World Order’ at the Bloomberg New Economic Forum event in Singapore. Answering another query, he said the manner of China’s growing influence is very different from the US.“There is no question that the US has strategically contracted for some time. Relatively and absolutely, American power and American influence are not what they used to be. It is also clear China has been expanding, but the…

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Jaishankar meets top ministers of Singapore

Singapore: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Thursday met with several top ministers from Singapore and discussed strengthening bilateral ties and international issues.“Pleasure as always to meet Defence Minister of Singapore Ng Eng Hen. Useful exchange of strategic assessments,” Jaishankar tweeted. “Good to see K.Shanmugam SC, Minister of Home Affairs and Law. Appreciate his views on strengthening our partnership,” he said in another tweet.Jaishankar also met Singapore Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies Tharman.“Glad to meet @Tharman_s, Singapore Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies. Good discussion on the international economic situation,” the minister said.Jaishankar is currently in Singapore and holding talks with the country’s top leadership.Yesterday, Jaishankar met the Singapore transport minister and discussed enhancing travel arrangements between the two countries.“Began my Singapore visit by meeting S. Iswaran, Minister of Transport. Discussed enhancing travel arrangements between the two countries,”…

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S Jaishankar meets UK Foreign Secretary, exchanges notes on COP26 developments

Glasgow [UK]: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss here on Tuesday and exchanged notes on the COP26 developments.Jaishankar said that his conversation with Truss will keep the momentum of the Roadmap 2030 strong. The Roadmap 2030 for India-UK future relations was launched during a virtual summit between the two countries in May.“Nice to catch up with UK Foreign Secretary@trussliz. Our regular conversations keep the momentum of the Roadmap 2030 strong. Also exchanged notes on #COP26 developments,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.The Roadmap 2030 vision is for revitalised and dynamic connections between “our people, re-energised trade, investment and technological collaboration that improves the lives and livelihoods of our citizens, enhanced defence and security cooperation,” according to the Ministry of External Affairs.Jaishankar is in Glasgow with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The leaders have participated in the COP26 here and held several…

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Closer defence and security partnerships between UK and India will make wider region, safer: UK Foreign Secretary

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visited HMS Queen Elizabeth in Mumbai on Saturday. According to a British High Commission release, “During her visit, the Foreign Secretary will progress talks to ramp up defence and security ties and boost strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : It will take forward joint work agreed by the Prime Minister and Indian Prime Minister Modi in the landmark 2030 Roadmap on maritime security, cyber security and counter-terrorism signed earlier this year. She will also discuss developing innovative security and defence tech with the Indian government to tackle common threats and will talk through strengthening defence-related trade between the two countries.” “The ship is the spearhead of the Carrier Strike Group (CSG), a symbol of the UK’s world-leading defence capability, whose visit to Mumbai is a clear sign of our growing defence and maritime co-operation with…

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Need to ensure Afghan territory is not used to attack any country

India and UK on Friday agreed on the need to ensure that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists. New Delhi [India] : This statement was issued after External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar held bilateral talks with the visiting UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss and discussed several issues including strengthening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and countering terrorism and radical extremism. A statement issued by External Affairs Ministry said that Jaishankar and Truss discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest while sharing their commitment to a multi-polar world and multilateralism.“They agreed to strengthen cooperation in West Asia and the Indo-Pacific, on countering terrorism and radical extremism, and addressing emerging challenges in the cyber and space domains,” the statement said. “On Afghanistan, the need for full, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance…

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Jaishankar meets Israeli President Isaac Herzog, discusses changes in geopolitical landscape

Tel Aviv [Israel]: India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Israeli President Isaac Herzog and discussed changes in the geopolitical landscape.Expressing his happiness to meet Herzog, Jaishanakar said that he deeply appreciated the Israeli President’s commitment to taking “our bilateral ties to the next level”. “Delighted to call on President @Isaac_Herzog. Our conversation covered changes in the geopolitical landscape. Deeply appreciate his visible commitment to taking our bilateral ties to the next level,” Jaishankar said in a tweet.Earlier on Tuesday, Jaishankar called on Speaker of Knesset of Israel Mickey Levy and held wide-ranging discussions with him.The minister also visited the Ovda airbase in southern Israel on Tuesday and interacted with Indian Air Force members who are participating in the Blue Flag 2021 international exercise.Jaishankar expressed his happiness to witness the “mutual respect and chemistry” between the Indian and Israeli forces here. He also emphasised…

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India, Israel to resume FTA negotiations, talks will start in November, says EAM Jaishankar

Tel Aviv [Israel], October 18 (ANI): Indian and Israeli officials have agreed on the resumption of Free Trade negotiations and talks will start in November this year, said External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Tuesday.“Our officials have actually agreed on resumption of India-Israel Free Trade negotiations. Starting the negotiating process, talks will start in November and they are very confident that they’d be able to conclude negotiations by next June,” said Jaishankar after meeting Israeli Foreign Min Yair Lapid. Jaishankar on Monday said that he held “very productive talks” with Israel’s Foreign Minister where they discussed a wide range of regional and global issues, including the in-principle agreement on mutual recognition of Covid vaccination certification.“Another issue on which we’ve been working on is how to travel in Covid era. In principle, we have agreed on, mutual recognition of our vaccine certification process. While…

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Health, agriculture, green growth are natural areas for collaboration with Israel: Jaishankar

Tel Aviv [Israel]: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Sunday said that he had a productive meeting with members of Israeli chambers of commerce and added that there are several priority areas for collaboration, including the health sector, agriculture and green growth.“A productive meeting with Israeli chambers of commerce and the innovation ecosystem. Appreciate their visible enthusiasm for doing more partnerships with India. Many post-Covid priorities including digital, health, agriculture and green growth are natural areas for our collaboration,” EAM Jaishankar tweeted. Jaishankar today visited the Indian cemetery in Jerusalem and paid homage to the Indian soldiers who died during World War I. During his visit, he is scheduled to hold talks with Israel’s top leadership. “Visited the Indian Cemetery at Talpiot as my first engagement in Jerusalem. Paid homage to the brave Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice during World War…

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Jaishankar meets Mongolian counterpart, discusses development partnership

Nur-Sultan [Kazakhstan], October 12 : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Tuesday met his Mongolian counterpart Battsetseg Batmunkh and discussed “development partnership”.He assured that India will always remain a strong spiritual neighbour. “Delighted to meet my new Mongolian colleague @BattsetsegBatm2. Discussed our strong development partnership. India will always remain a strong spiritual neighbour,” Jaishankar tweeted.On Monday, Jaishankar arrived at Nur-Sultan and participated in Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures (CICA) Ministerial 2021 on Tuesday.Jaishankar began his Kazakhstan visit with a bilateral meeting with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.Established in 1999, CICA is a forum aimed at enhancing cooperation through elaborating multilateral approaches towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.It currently has 27 member states and 9 observer states and 5 observer organisations India is a member of CICA since its inception in 1999 and has been actively participating in various activities conducted under the…

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EAM Jaishankar gifts Indian epics, classics to Manas-Mahatma Gandhi library in Bishkesh

Bishkek [Kyrgyzstan], October 11 : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday gifted Indian epics and classics to the Manas-Mahatma Gandhi library at Chingiz Aitmatov National Academy in Bishkek.Jaishankar is visiting Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev. “Very pleased to gift Indian epics and classics to the Manas-Mahatma Gandhi library in Bishkek. Applaud the leadership of Professor Turgunaliev in strengthening our cultural cooperation,” the external affairs minister said in a tweet.Professor Topchubek Turgunaliev who is the President of the Academy was present to receive the gift.Earlier, Jaishankar had also informed that India has agreed on a USD 200 million Line of Credit support for development projects in Kyrgyzstan. Jaishankar arrived in Bishkek on Sunday as part of a four-day visit to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Armenia with an aim to further expand bilateral ties with the three Central Asian countries.The external affairs…

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Jaishankar to embark on tour

New Delhi [India]: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday will embark on a three-nation tour of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Armenia.Jaishankar will be undertaking the tour from October 10 to 13. He will be in the Kyrgyz Republic on October 10-11, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. He will leave for Kazakhstan on Monday. He will then visit Armenia on October, 12-13, the MEA said. The visit will provide an opportunity for reviewing the progress in India’s bilateral ties with the three countries as well as share views on developments in the region, the ministry further said.“It will be a continuation of our increased engagement with countries in our ‘extended neighbourhood’,” the ministry added.This will be Jaishankar’s first visit to Kyrgyzstan as External Affairs Minister.He will hold a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan, Rusian Kazakbaev, apart from calling…

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UK-india agree to facilitate travel between two nations

A day after the UK government announced that no quarantine will be required for vaccinated Indians travellers, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his British counterpart Liz Truss held talks on Friday and agreed to facilitate travel between the two nations. New Delhi [India], October 8 : “Good to talk to UK Foreign Secretary @trussliz. Agreed to facilitate travel between our two countries. This will help to implement the Roadmap 2030,” Jaishankar tweeted. British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, on Thursday, said that there would be no quarantine required for fully vaccinated Indian travellers in the UK from October 11, thereby ending the row over what New Delhi described as “discriminatory” travel rules by London.Last month, London announced the new rules making it mandatory for a 10-day quarantine and RT-PCR test even for fully vaccinated Indians travelling to the UK.Enraged by the move,…

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Tirumurti welcomes Jaishankar in New York

New York [US]: Permanent Representative and Ambassador of India to United Nations TS Tirumurti on Wednesday (local time) received External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York.“Delighted to receive External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at our Mission India at UN, NY this afternoon,” Tirumurti said in a tweet. “Thank him for meeting all our officials, encouraging them on their work and sharing his thoughts on our engagement with the United Nations, especially UN Security Council,” he added.Meanwhile, India is taking a firm stand against terrorism in the UNSC meetings.Earlier on September 27, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had also expressed that India is committed to the goal of a nuclear-weapons-free world and complete elimination of nuclear weapons from the world.

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EAM Jaishankar, US Senator Schumer among top leaders to address USISPF summit

Washington DC [US]: Indian Ministers S Jaishankar, Piyush Goyal, Jyotiraditya Scindia, among others are scheduled to virtually address the fourth Annual Leadership Summit of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), which is set to begin on Wednesday.USISPF is organising its fourth Annual Leadership Summit, titled “Looking Ahead: Strengthening Resilience, Expanding Prosperity” from September 29 to October 1. As per the agenda of the summit, there will be various strategic discussions between USISPF’s board members, ministers and senior government officials from both India and US and Fortune 500 CEOs during the course of three days.From India, the Cabinet Ministers who are scheduled to be part of the programme include Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar; Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal; Minister of Education, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia; Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sport Anurag Thakur; Minister of Education…

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Jaishankar represents India at Mexico’s 200th independence day celebrations

Mexico City [Mexico]: Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday represented India at Mexico’s Independence day celebrations.Jaishankar is on a three-day visit to Mexico to attend the celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence. “Represented India at the celebrations of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of attaining Independence. Affirmed our strong bonds and privileged partnership,” EAM said in a tweet.During the visit, Jaishankar also met Mexican President Andres Manuel.“Conveyed greetings of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. An open conversation on our governance priorities and practices. Great scope for exchange of experiences and best practices,” Jaishankar said in another tweet.Jaishankar met Bangladesh’s Minister of State (MoS) for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam in Mexico City during celebrations of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of attaining Independence on Monday (local time).Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar said: “Good to meet Bangladeshi MoS for Foreign Affairs @MdShahriarAlam at the independence day celebrations…

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Jaishankar meets Belizean PM, FM, appreciates their warm words on Vaccine Maitri

Mexico City [Mexico]: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Belize’s Prime Minister Johnny Briceno and Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay at the celebrations of Mexico’s 200th anniversary of attaining Independence on Monday (local time). Jaishankar also appreciated their warm words on India’s Vaccine Maitri initiative.Taking on Twitter, Jaishankar said, “Pleased to meet PM @JohnBrind FM Eamon Courtenay of Belize. Appreciated their warm words on our #vaccinemaitri.” Vaccine Maitri is a humanitarian initiative undertaken by India to provide made-in-India COVID-19 vaccines to other countries around the world. The government had started providing vaccines to other countries since January 20, 2021.Last week, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya announced that in the fourth quarter this year, the Government of India will resume Vaccine Maitri, an initiative to provide Covid vaccines to countries around the world and also fulfil its responsibility under Covax.Jaishankar is on…

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EAM Jaishankar meets his Singaporean counterpart, discusses Indo-Pacific developments

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan on Sunday (local time) in New York and discussed Indo-Pacific developments. New York [US], September 27 : Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar said, “A comfortable conversation with an old friend. Discussing Indo-Pacific developments with FM @VivianBala of Singapore. Sharing thoughts on overcoming the Covid challenge.” Earlier, Jaishankar discussed Indo-Pacific developments with Balakrishnan on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.Last week, Jaishankar had discussed issues concerning the Indo-Pacific region with Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi. “Always nice to meet FM @moteging of Japan. Appreciated his insights on Indo-Pacific events. A good exchange of views on Afghanistan,” Jaishankar tweeted.These talks come in view of the recently concluded first-ever-in-person Quad Leaders’ summit where the head of the state from India, Australia, the US and Japan reaffirmed commitment to promote free, open,…

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Jaishankar to attend G4 talks, G20 meeting on Afghanistan today

New York [US]: India will be participating in the G4 Foreign Ministers meeting and also the G20 meeting called on Afghanistan and will brief world leaders on the unfolding situation in the war-torn country. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is in New York, will be representing India in the meetings on Afghanistan. In bilateral meetings with his counterparts also, Jaishankar held extensive discussions on Afghanistan.A source familiar with India’s position told ANI that discussions on Afghanistan has two aspects – one is the security threat emanating from the country and the other is the humanitarian food crisis and drought-like situation staring the country.Pakistan spy agency ISI’s role in propping up Haqqanis in the Afghan power structure and increased activities of Pakistan-backed UN proscribed terror groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and also increased role of ISK (Islamic State-Khorasan) in the region has heightened security threat…

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Jaishankar meets counterparts from Korea, Italy, Australia on UNGA sidelines

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday held meetings with his counterparts from Korea, Italy and Australia on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. New York [US], September 22 : Jaishankar met his South Korean counterpart Chung Eui-Yong and had wide-ranging conversations on different aspects of the bilateral relationships, including Southern Policy and India’s Act East Policy. “Pleased to meet FM Chung Eui-Yong of the Republic of Korea. A wide-ranging conversation on different aspects of our relationship. RoK’s New Southern Policy and India’s Act East Policy have strengthened our convergence in the Indo-Pacific,” tweeted Jaishankar. While interacting with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio, he discussed challenges related to vaccine accessibility and smooth travel.Foreign Minister of Italy Luigi Di Maio is the current G20 chair.“Discussed challenges related to vaccine accessibility and smooth travel. Look forward to joining him…

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French Foreign Minister Le Drian meets Jaishankar, discuss strengthening strategic partnership, cooperation in Indo-Pacific

New York [US]: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Tuesday met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and discussed ways to strengthen strategic partnership and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific between the two nations.“After the call between Prez @EmmanuelMacron and PM @NarendraModi, I discussed with @DrSJaishankar in New York how to strengthen our strategic partnership and our cooperation in the #IndoPacific. -French FM @JY_LeDrian,” tweeted Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India. Jaishankar is in New York for United Nations General Assembly meeting.Jaishankar will hold around 15 bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday including those with Iran, Australia, Egypt and Indonesia.Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for the US on Wednesday morning where he will address the UNGA session and participate in the Quad leaders’ summit.The theme of this year’s general debate is “Building resilience through hope…

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Tirumurti welcomes Jaishankar

On his arrival in New York on Monday (local time) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was welcomed by TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative and Ambassador of India to United Nations. New York [US], September 21 : “Delighted to welcome External Affairs Minister @DrSJaishankar to New York for #UNGA High Level Week and related engagements, ” tweeted TS Tirumurti, Permanent Representative and Ambassador of India to United Nations. Jaishankar has arrived in New York for United Nations General Assembly high-level week and to hold bilateral talks with his Norway, Iraq and the UK counterparts.Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, he will be holding a series of bilateral and multilateral meetings on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.High-level debate week at the UN General Assembly will begin tomorrow. Top leaders from across the world have already started converging in New York.The UNGA…

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Jaishankar welcomes Saudi Minister

New Delhi [India], September 19 : External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Sunday welcomed Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, on his first-ever visit to India.“Delighted to welcome FM of Saudi Arabia HH Prince @Faisalbinfarhan for his first-ever visit to India,” Jaishankar tweeted and posted a picture of two of them. A few hours ago, Prince Faisal bin Farhan arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit. During his visit, he will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 20. Earlier in August, Saudi Arabia lifted the quarantine rule for Indians who have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the Gulf country.Jaishankar also held bilateral talks with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir last month. 

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Rising radicalisation main cause of challenges faced by region: PM Modi at SCO summit

New Delhi [India], September 17 : Highlighting the threats posed by the rising radicalisation in the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the biggest challenges faced by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) are related to peace, security and concerns regarding trust deficit.While addressing the Plenary Session of the 21st Meeting of SCO Council of Heads of State, PM Modi said, “The biggest challenges in this area are related to peace, security and trust deficit. The main cause of these problems is increasing radicalisation. Recent developments in Afghanistan have made this challenge clear.” Referring to the historical trends, Prime Minister Modi said the region of Central Asia has been a bastion of moderate and progressive cultures and values. “Traditions like Sufism flourished here over the centuries and spread throughout the region and the world. We can still see their image in the…

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Quad is the future: S Jaishankar

Following China’s reference to Quad as an ‘Asian NATO’, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Saturday said NATO was a “looking back term” while Quad is the “way forward.” New Delhi [India], September 11 : At the inaugural 2+2 ministerial meeting between India and Australia here, foreign and defence ministers of the two countries discussed a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. “Quad (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue) is a platform where 4 countries have come to cooperate for their benefit and benefit of the world. I think a term like NATO (by China) is a Cold war term, looking back. Quad looks at the future. It reflects globalisation and compulsion of countries to work together,” EAM Jaishankar said while responding to a question on China referring to Quad as ‘Asian NATO’.Citing various areas of cooperation between the Quad nations,…

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EAM Jaishankar to visit three Central European countries from Sept 2-5

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar is set to pay an official visit to Slovenia, Croatia and Denmark from September 2-5, as part of a tour to review the bilateral relationship with the three Central European countries. New Delhi [India], September 1 : A Ministry External Affairs (MEA) statement said this visit will provide an opportunity for reviewing the progress in India’s bilateral ties with these three countries, and strengthening multifaceted relationship with the EU. “Slovenia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and has invited EAM to attend an informal meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of EU Member States on September 3,” MEA said.EAM will also hold a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Slovenia Dr Anze Logar, apart from calling on the Slovenian leadership. EAM will attend the Bled Strategic Forum (BSF) being held…

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PM Modi asks Jaishankar, Doval, officials to focus on immediate priorities in Afghanistan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed a high-level group comprising of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and senior officials to focus on the immediate priorities of India in Afghanistan, sources said. New Delhi [India], August 31 : This group has been meeting regularly over the last few days amid the ongoing Afghanistan crisis. According to the sources, the group is seized of issues pertaining to the safe return of stranded Indians, the travel of Afghan nationals, especially minorities to India, and assuring that the territory of Afghanistan is not used in any manner for terrorism directed against India.“In view of the evolving situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister had recently directed that a high-level group comprising of EAM, NSA and senior officials focus on the immediate priorities of India,” said the sources. The group has also been monitoring the ground…

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India’s election to Universal Postal Union noteworthy,

New Delhi [India], August 27 : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday congratulated “Team MEA” after was elected with 134 votes to Council of Administration (CA) at 27th Universal Postal Union Congress in Abidjan.“India’s election to the Council of Administration (CA) and the Postal Operations Council (POC) of Universal Postal Union yesterday is noteworthy. Congratulate #TeamMEA. Will work with all to strengthen cooperation in the UPU. #UPUCongress2021,” Jaishankar said in a tweet. On Thursday, India was elected with 134 votes to the Council of Administration (CA) at 27th Universal Postal Union Congress in Abidjan.According to the Permanent Mission of India at United Nations, Geneva, India won the highest votes in CA polls from South Asia and the Oceania region.India was also elected with 106 votes (out of 156 countries) to the Postal Operations Council (POC) at the 27th Universal Postal Union Congress in…

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Jaishankar to brief floor leaders of all political parties on Afghanistan situation

New Delhi [India]: The Centre has called for an all-party meeting at 11 am on Thursday to discuss the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in the war-ravaged country.External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will brief the floor leaders of all the political parties. This comes after the Opposition parties asked the government to issue a statement on the Afghanistan crisis.Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and LoP in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge will be present at the meeting.This comes at a time when the Indian government is evacuating its citizens from the war-ravaged country as the Taliban entered the presidential palace in the Afghan capital on August 15 and declared its victory over the government after months of violence in Afghanistan.India, on August 17, had also announced that it would issue an emergency e-visa to Afghan nationals who…

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Jaishankar, German counterpart discuss evacuation challenges in Afghanistan

New Delhi [India]: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday said he received a phone call from German foreign minister Heiko Mass during which they discussed the evacuation challenges in Afghanistan.“Appreciate the call from Foreign Minister @HeikoMaas of Germany. Discussed the evacuation challenges in Afghanistan and the policy implications of the changes there,” Jaishankar tweeted. Afghanistan’s future is hanging in balance as the country’s government collapsed on Sunday soon after President Ashraf Ghani fled Kabul.The Taliban entered the presidential palace in the Afghan capital on Sunday and declared its victory over the government.Efforts are being made to maintain stability in Afghanistan. However, thousands of people are rushing to the airport to flee the nation as they are afraid of the terror group’s brutal atrocities in the nation.Several countries including India and Germany are evacuating their citizens from the war-torn country as uncertainty and fear…

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No double standards, terrorists are terrorists: Jaishankar outlines eight-point action plan at UNSC

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday addressed a high-level UN Security Council briefing on threats to international peace and security by terrorist acts. Recalling the terror threats faced by India over the years, Jaishankar said there must never be any compromise with this evil. New Delhi, India, August 20 : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who was addressing a high-level UN Security Council briefing on Thursday, outlined an eight-point action plan for consideration to collectively eliminate the scourge of terrorism which includes summoning of the political will and refraining from justifying or glorifying terrorism. Recalling the terror threats faced by India over the years, Jaishankar said there must never be any compromise with this evil.  ‘MUST NEVER COMPROMISE’ “We, in India, have had more than our fair share of challenges and casualties. 2008 Mumbai attack,2016 Pathankot Airbase attack, 2019 suicide bombing of our policemen at…

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Some countries seek to subvert collective resolve to fight terrorism, need to call out their doublespeak: Jaishankar at UNSC

New York [US]: Noting that there are also some countries who seek to undermine or subvert collective resolve to fight terrorism, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday called on the United Nations Security Council to call out doublespeak “when we see state hospitality being extended to those with innocents blood on their hands”.Speaking at the UN Security Council briefing on ‘Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts’, the minister took a veiled dig at Pakistan, saying groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed continue to operate with both impunity and encouragement. “What is true of COVID-19 is even more true of terrorism: none of us are safe until all of us are safe,” he said.The minister said the events unfolding in Afghanistan “have naturally enhanced global concerns about their implications for both regional and international security”.He said it is vital that the…

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Jaishankar proposes four-point framework for securing UN peacekeepers against contemporary threats

New York [US]: Proposing a four-point framework to lay architecture for securing UN peacekeepers against contemporary threats, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that 21st-century peacekeeping must be anchored in a strong ecosystem of technology and innovation.Addressing the Open Debate on ‘Protecting the Protectors: Technology and Peacekeeping’ at the UN Security Council, Jaishankar said UN peacekeeping simply cannot afford to cede the information advantage to those actors determined to undermine prospects for peace by using modern technology to aid their violent cause. He said India believes in “walking the talk” when it comes to the safety and security of UN peacekeepers.“We have shown today, both in the rollout out of the UNITE Aware Platform, as well as the actionable elements of training incorporated in the MoU, that India believes in walking the talk when it comes to the safety and security of…

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Foreign Minister S Jaishankar reaches New York to chair two high-level UNSC meetings

New York [US]: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday reached New York to preside over two high-level meetings of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on UN peacekeeping and on terrorism.Taking to Twitter, India permanent representative at the United Nations, TS Tirumurti said he is delighted to receive Jaishankar. “Delighted to receive External Affairs Minister @DrSJaishankar in New York. EAM will chair two high-level meetings of UN #SecurityCouncil – on UN peacekeeping & on terrorism. He will participate in a ceremony at @UNPeacekeeping memorial along with UNSG@antonioguterres,” he tweeted.The meeting comes as India holds the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).The first event on August 18, 2021, will be an open debate on ‘Protecting the Protectors: Technology and Peacekeeping’ while the second event on August 19, 2021, will be a high-level briefing on ‘Threats to International Peace and Security caused by…

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India came through ‘test of fire’ in second wave of COVID-19, world appreciates resolve, says Foreign Minister Jaishankar

New Delhi [India]: Noting that the world appreciates the resolve shown by India in dealing with the surge of cases in the second wave of COVID-19, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday that demand for medical oxygen went up eight-nine times and “we have come through test of fire”.Addressing CII Annual Meeting 2021, Jaishankar said the scale, intensity, seriousness of the second wave of the pandemic was something very difficult to anticipate. “Initially, the world looked at us and wondered how any country could deal with this kind of caseload and severity of pandemic…Where we are today, I think the world understands and appreciates that we have pulled up our socks, shown national resolve. We’ve come through test of fire,” he said.“When the second wave hit us, that was a very different situation. The scale, intensity, seriousness was something very difficult to…

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Jaishankar meets Qatar’s special envoy

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar shares concerns over Afghanistan’s security situation New Delhi [India], August 7: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday shared concerns over Afghanistan’s security situation during a meet with Qatar’s Special Envoy Mutlaq bin Majed Al-Qahtani in New Delhi.During the meet, Jaishankar shared New Delhi’s perspective on the recent developments in war-torn Afghanistan. Majed is on a two-day visit to India to discuss the peace process in Afghanistan. On Friday, the envoy met with multiple key officials in the external affairs ministry.Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar wrote, “Rapid deterioration of the security situation is a serious matter. A peaceful and stable Afghanistan requires that the rights and interests of all sections of society are promoted and protected.”Recently during the UNSC meeting on Afghanistan’s worsening situation, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN TS Tirumurti said, “There should be zero tolerance for terrorism…

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Afghan Foreign Minister speaks to Jaishankar, requests for emergency UNSC session

Kabul [Afghanistan]: Afghanistan Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar called on his Indian counterpart Dr S Jaishankar on Tuesday to ‘discuss convening an emergency session of the UN Security Council on Afghanistan’.Taking to Twitter, Atmar said that United Nations and the international community must play a greater role to stop the unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan due to Taliban violence and atrocities. “Called Indian FM Dr S Jaishankar to discuss convening an emergency UN Security Council Session on AFG. UN & the international community must play a greater role to stop the unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan due to Taliban violence & atrocities. Appreciate the lead role of India as current UNSC President,” Atmar tweeted.“Atmar, during a telephone conversation with Jaishankar, talked about the escalation of violence, widespread human rights violations by the Taliban and foreign terrorist groups operations in Afghanistan, and the need to hold a…

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Transition in Afghanistan, warfare forced upon its people has sharpened challenge of terrorism: Jaishankar

Noting that transition being witnessed in Afghanistan and the warfare that has yet again been forced upon its people has sharpened the challenge of terrorism, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said its edge will be deeply felt not just in Afghanistan’s neighbourhood but well beyond if left unattended. New Delhi, [India], August 3 : Addressing the inaugural session of BRICS Academic Forum, the Minister said an updating and recalibration of the post-World War II multilateral architecture cannot be postponed any further. He said BRICS is a statement of global rebalancing that underlines its essential diversity and pluralism and added that the COVID-19 pandemic and the normative breakdown in its wake “have rudely reminded us that institutions built to tackle problems of the 1940s desperately need to be upgraded and made fit-for-purpose for our century”.“An expansion of the permanent membership of the Security…

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Russia interested in talks between India, Eurasian Commission on free trade – Lavrov

Moscow : Russia is interested in the start of negotiations between India and the Eurasian Economic Commission on the creation of a free trade zone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday.“We are interested in the start of negotiations between India and the Eurasian Economic Commission on the formation of a free trade zone as soon as possible,” Lavrov said following his meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. Lavrov says date not fet For high-level Russia-India summit yet The date is not yet set for the Russia-India summit, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday, adding that the leaders will hold a meeting when the COVID-19 situation allows.Russia’s top diplomat said that he had discussed the issue with his Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.“We paid special attention to the development of political dialogue, preparation of the content of the future Russian-Indian summit,…