The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Faisal bin Farhan AL Saud, arrived in New Delhi on his three-day visit on the evening of September 18. Saud will meet PM Narendra Modi and his counterpart S Jaishankar to discuss issues like the Taliban's takeover in Afghanistan. Earlier, he had said we'll support ''the choices the Afghan people make regarding the future of their country, away from external interference.''
Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne along with Defence Minister Peter Dutton will land at Palam Air Force Station in Delhi on September 10 to hold a 2+2 ministerial dialogue with their counterparts. Reportedly, the dialogue is called to discuss issues such as economic security, cyber, climate, critical technology, etc between both the countries. Meanwhile, Payne will also hold a discussion with Union Minister Smriti Irani at Shastri… read-more
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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi evaded answering a question posed in an interview, as to whether he believes Osama Bin Laden is a terrorist or not. He replied to the question saying "I will let that pass". The interviewer Lotfullah Najafizada recalled the instance when PM Imran Khan called Bin Laden a "martyr". Furthermore, Qureshi defended Taliban by saying they're ready for peace and that they have "suffered".
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Whole of Indian delegation to G-7 Summit in London have been isolated after two members tested COVID-19 positive on May 4. While Indian foreign minister S Jaishankar tested negative for the coronavirus, all the members of the delegation will now attend the summit virtually. Notably, not a G-7 member, India was invited by Britain. The British government said that ensuring strict COVID protocols, the delegates will be daily tested.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will shorten his delayed visit to India on April 26, and limit his travel to Delhi as the COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise. Johnson's visit will now be focused on government meetings and interaction with Indian business leaders. Besides, PM Narendra Modi's meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian has been canceled in order to deal with the COVID crisis.
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India and China have agreed to establish a hotline, acknowledging the importance of "timely" communication in border crisis situations. The decision was an outcome of the 75-minute telephonic talk between foreign ministers of both the countries on February 25. The proposed hotline will be an add-on to the military hotline between the Indian Army’s Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) and China’s Western Theatre Command. Reportedly,… read-more
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To improve the bi-lateral ties, Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali commenced his three-day visit to India on January 14. Pradeep will participate in the 6th meeting of Nepal-India Joint Commission, the highest mechanism between the two countries for bilateral relations. Reportedly, the foreign minister will address COVID-19 cooperation, border disputes, trade, energy, infrastructure, tourism and agriculture with Indian dignitaries.… read-more
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India is likely to join the Ministerial Coordination Group on Covid-19 (MCGC), a foreign ministers’ group led by Canada, aimed at tackling the COVID-19 pandemic on a global level. An Indian official remarked, “This is an opportunity to coordinate on issues with several… read-more
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, along with NSA Ajit Doval and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi attended Saudi Arabia National Day event on September 23 at the Saudi Embassy. The event comes into light as it is rare for both Foreign Minister and NSA to attend a diplomatic event together. Saudi Ambassador Dr. Saud Al-Sati said, "The kingdom values India as a “close friend and an important strategic partner.”