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Tag: Raveesh Kumar

India Urges Israel, Palestine To Engage On Trump Peace Plan

New Delhi: India on Wednesday urged Israel and Palestine to engage with each other over US President Donald Trump’s two-state proposal to resolve the decades-old conflict. The Trump Middle East peace plan which was unveiled on Tuesday has proposed an independent Palestinian state, recognition of Israeli sovereignty over West Bank settlements and continuation of Jerusalem […]

Pak Invitees To Kartarpur Will Have To Seek Clearance: MEA

New Delhi: Referring to the Congress leader and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu’s acceptance of the Pakistani invite to the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the “political clearance” would have to be sought for it. “Those who Pakistan wants to call have to take political clearance,” MEA […]

PM Modi hosts first-ever India-Caricom Leaders' Meeting

New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the leaders of the Caribbean Community and Common Market in the first-ever India-Caricom summit, with a focus on fighting climate change and increasing India’s participation with the grouping. Just ahead the India-Caricom Leaders’ Meeting on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly Session, Modi said Wednesday it […]

India Slams Pak For Denying Overflight Clearance To Modi's Plane To US

New Delhi: India on Wednesday hit out at Pakistan for denying overflight clearance to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s VVIP plane for his upcoming visit to the US, saying Islamabad should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well established international practice and reconsider its “old habit” of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action. Pakistan’s […]

India Slams Pak's 'Lies And Deceit' At UNHRC

New Delhi: India on Thursday slammed Pakistan’s attempt to polarise and politicise the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Council, saying it was “full of lies and deceit”, and the global community has rejected it as it is aware of Islamabad’s role in aiding and abetting terrorism. Two days after India gave a strong […]

India Asks Pak To Act On Sikh Girl's Forced Conversion

New Delhi: India on Friday said it has asked for “immediate remedial action” by Pakistan in the case of a minor Sikh girl being forcibly converted to Islam and married to a Muslim man. The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said it has received a number of representations from various quarters of civil […]

India Condemns Provocative Statements Against It By Imran Khan

New Delhi: India on Thursday strongly condemned “highly irresponsible” statements by Pakistani leadership on withdrawal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan has been using terrorism as state policy against India and it must stop exporting terror. “We strongly condemn highly irresponsible statements by Pakistani leadership on […]

PM Modi Completes Bahrain Visit, Leaves For France

Manama: Ending his first ever visit to the Gulf nation Bahrain, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday embarked on a visit to France to take part in the G7 Summit. Modi was seen off at the airport by Bahrain’s Deputy Prime Ministers Mohammed Bin Mubarak and Khalid Bin Abdullah. “After the first ever visit by […]

PM Modi Launches USD 4.2 Mn Redevelopment Project Of Hindu Temple In Bahrain

Manama: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the USD 4.2 million redevelopment project of the 200-year-old Lord Sri Krishna temple in the Bahraini capital. Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the key Gulf nation, offered prayers at the Shreenathji Temple in Manama, the oldest temple in the region, and also the prasad’ […]

India, China ties should be a factor of stability in uncertain world: Jaishankar

Beijing: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, who is on a crucial three-day visit to China, on Monday said India-China relations should be a factor of stability at a time when the world is facing an uncertain situation. Jaishankar, who arrived here on Sunday, called on Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan at the Zhongnanhai, the picturesque […]

Time for Pakistan to accept reality of Kashmir: India

New Delhi: India on Friday said it is time for Pakistan to accept the reality of change in status of Jammu and Kashmir and stop interfering in what is entirely an internal matter of India, even as it urged Islamabad to review its unilateral decision to snap ties. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, addressing […]

India in touch with Gibraltar for release of citizens

New Delhi: India is in close touch with the Gibraltar port authorities for the release of 24 Indians on board the Grace 1 Iranian oil tanker seized in the Strait of Gibraltar by British marines last month. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said: “We are pursuing the matter very closely with the Gibraltar […]

Amid South China Sea stand-off, India stresses peace, stability

New Delhi/Bangkok: Amid a tense stand-off between China and Vietnam over territorial rights in the South China Sea, India on Thursday stressed peace, stability and navigational freedom in the vital sea route through which almost 55 per cent of its trade passes. India’s reply came as External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar participated in ASEAN-related multilateral […]

Iran frees 9 Indians from seized tanker; 45 still held

New Delhi: Iran has freed nine of the 12 Indian crew members on board a Panama-flagged tanker seized on July 13 in the Strait of Hormuz, even as efforts are on for the release of 45 Indians on board this and two other vessels. The tanker MT Riah was detained along with 12 Indian crew […]

India Expects To Get 'Full Consular Access' To Jadhav

New Delhi: India said on Thursday that it expects to get “full consular access” to retired naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav whose death sentence by a Pakistani military court has been stayed by the International Court of Justice. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that post the “favourable judgement in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, […]

India Rejects Trump Offer On Kashmir, Says Modi Never Made Such Request

New Delhi: India on Monday rebuffed US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate on the Kashmir issue, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had never made such a request to him, and stressed that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are “discussed only bilaterally”. “We have seen the US President’s remarks to the press that he […]

Indian embassy in Tehran working for early release of Indians on seized tanker: Jaishankar

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday said the Indian embassy in Tehran is in “constant contact” with the Iranian authorities for the release and repatriation of 18 Indian crew members on board oil tanker Stena Impero that was seized by Iranian revolutionary guards. In a tweet, responding to concerns raised by Kerala […]

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
Fully committed to get Mallya extradited from UK

New Delhi: India said on Thursday that its commitment to extradite fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya “is very strong” and it will continue to make all efforts to bring him back from the UK. The reply from Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar came as a UK court said that Mallya’s appeal in the […]

Keeping in mind big picture of ties with US during trade talks: India

New Delhi: Indian and US officials were engaged on Thursday in thrashing out a trade impasse in a “problem solving manner”, days after US President Donald Trump tweeted that India’s high tariff regime is not acceptable to the US. A US delegation led by Assistant US Trade Representative (AUSTR) for South and Central Asia, Christopher […]

Indian forces can handle Al Qaeda threat: MEA

New Delhi: India on Thursday dismissed Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s appeal to the ‘mujahideen’ in Kashmir to rain “unrelenting” blows on the Indian Army, saying the UN proscribed terrorist had been issuing such threats time and again and Indian security forces were fully capable of protecting the country. A day after a video emerged […]

Modi holds separate talks with presidents of Indonesia, Brazil; focus on bilateral ties, trade

Osaka (Japan): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the presidents of Indonesia and Brazil separately on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit here Saturday, and discussed ways to boost bilateral ties and enhance cooperation in trade and investment. During his meeting with Indonesian president Joko Widodo, the prime minister discussed ways to deepen bilateral cooperation in […]

US Secretary Mike Pompeo meets PM Modi

New Delhi: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday morning in his country’s first high-level engagement with India after Modi returned to power with a thumping election victory. Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar of the External Affairs Ministry tweeted: “Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership. Pompeo called on […]

India rejects US report on its minorities' status

New Delhi: India on Sunday rejected a US State Department report which made certain critical comments regarding the status of minorities here, saying it has “no locus standi” to “pronounce on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights”. In response to a query on the latest ‘Report on International Religious Freedom’ published by the […]

FATF: India says Pak must take verifiable, irreversible steps against terrorism

New Delhi: India on Saturday said it expects Pakistan to take all necessary steps to effectively implement the FATF action plan fully by September and take credible, verifiable, and irreversible measures to address global concerns related to terrorism and terrorist financing emanating from its soil. In response to a media query regarding the FATF report, […]

Create atmosphere of trust, Modi tells Imran

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has told his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan that his country needs to create an “environment of trust, free of terror, violence and hostility” for the two neighbours to have “normal and cooperative relations”, which India seeks. Modi wrote this to Khan in response to his congratulatory message earlier this […]

No official word from US on capping H1B visa quota: India

New Delhi: India on Thursday said there was no official word from the US on a “source-based” media report about capping of the H1B visas, of which Indians are a major beneficiary. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar also said that India will take a decision, which is “guided by our economic and security considerations”, […]

Modi to meet Xi, Putin at SCO but not Imran Khan

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have bilateral meetings with leaders of Russia and China during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit later this month but not with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. “No meeting is being organised between Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. There is nothing more that I […]

India seeks details of journalist's arrest in Maldives

New Delhi: Following reports of two journalists, including an Indian national, being arrested in the Maldives amid a raging political crisis, India on Friday said that it has sought details of the case. “We have received information about an Indian national, Money Sharma, working as a journalist, who has been detained by the Maldivian authorities,” […]