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In the shadow of escalating tension in their ties, India and Pakistan held in a "cordial environment" their first meeting to finalise the modalities for a corridor linking Gurudwara Darbar Sahib in the Pakistani town of Kartarpur with Gurdaspur district in Punjab. A joint statement issued after the talks said both sides held detailed and constructive discussions on various aspects and provisions of the project and agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalising the Kartapur Sahib…

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China has placed a hold and blocked the attempt to list Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. The attempt to list him has as a "global terrorist" by the UN Security Council has failed again.
It comes as a setback to India's bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed's chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February…

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India summoned the acting high commissioner of Pakistan and demanded immediate and safe return of an IAF pilot who was detained by Pakistan following an aerial engagement by air forces of the two countries. It has also been made clear to Pakistan that no harm should be caused to the Indian defence personnel, the external affairs ministry said, adding it has conveyed strong objection to the neighbouring country at the "vulgar display" of an injured personnel in violation of all norms of…

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India is a strong contender to become a permanent member of United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
"It is necessary to expand the United Nations Security Council and India is a strong contender to become a permanent member of the UNSC," Swaraj told the media after Russia-India-China (RIC) meet here.
She further said that New Delhi has proposed in the meeting for the establishment of UN-led global counter-terrorism mechanism and…

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Indian fighter jets crossed the Line of Control before dawn and carried out "non-military, pre-emptive air strikes" within Pakistan to target a training camp of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed, in the biggest escalation between the two countries in decades.Two weeks ago, the Jaish-e-Mohammed had killed 40 soldiers in Pulwama, in the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir. Around 3.30 am, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force crossed the Line of Control and dropped…

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India said it was committed to the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan and to promote an inclusive “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-controlled” peace and reconciliation process in the war-torn country.
India’s position was enunciated by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at the historic India-Central Asia Dialogue, with the participation of Afghanistan, which focussed on a plethora of regional issues including enhancing connectivity to the country ravaged by terrorism. “I…

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India is hopeful to fully operationalise the strategic Chabahar port in the Sistan-Balochistan province of Iran; and the government has allowed an Iranian bank to open a branch in Mumbai for related transactions, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said. Gadkari, after Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif called on him, said that the meeting was "fruitful" and both the sides could resolve several issues.…

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US President Donald Trump signed into law a legislation aimed at enhancing America’s leadership in the Indo-Pacific region, strengthening multi-faceted ties with India and calling out Chinese actions that “undermine” the rules-based international system. Recognising the vital role of the strategic partnership between the United States and India in promoting peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region, Section 204 of the Act calls for strengthening and broadening of diplomatic, economic,…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a Rs 4,500-crore financial assistance to Bhutan to help the country implement its 12th five-year plan after he held wide-ranging talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering. In his media statement, Modi said he has assured the Bhutanese prime minister that India, as a "trusted friend", will continue to play an important role in Bhutan's overall development.
The prime minister also thanked the Bhutanese leader for deciding to introduce in…

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A crucial trilateral meeting of officials from India, Afghanistan and Iran on the strategically-important Chabahar port was held during which they agreed on the routes for trade and transit corridors between the three countries. The first meeting of the follow-up committee for implementation of the trilateral Chabahar agreement between India, Afghanistan and Iran at the level of Joint Secretary or Director General was held in the Iranian port city of Chabahar, the Ministry of External…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced USD 1.4 billion financial assistance to Maldives after he held extensive talks with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during which both sides vowed to deepen security cooperation in the Indian Ocean region. The two countries also inked four pacts, including one on visa facilitation. "We held successful talks in a cordial atmosphere. We vowed to strengthen ties," Modi said in his press statement, with Solih by his side. …

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for an early conclusion of the multi-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement that should be modern, comprehensive, balanced and mutually beneficial to the people of all countries. He also called on fellow RCEP leaders to give the mandate to trade ministers and negotiators to take the economic grouping forward, said Sudhanshu Pandey, additional secretary, the commerce ministry, during a media briefing.…

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The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while vowing to be "relentless" in pressuring Tehran. Hours after sweeping sanctions were reimposed following the US withdrawal from a denuclearization deal, Pompeo said eight countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets. …

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India and Japan signed six agreements, including on a high speed rail project and naval cooperation, and agreed to hold 2+2 dialogue after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held talks Monday during which they discussed a range of bilateral, regional and global issues including the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.…

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India said it was closely following the political developments in Sri Lanka and hoped that democratic values and constitutional process would be respected in the island nation. In fast paced political developments, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena suspended Parliament, a day after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister.…

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Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj launched a broadside against Pakistan for what she described as its “commitment” to use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy and its verbal duplicity in masking its role as a sponsor of terrorism. In her speech to the UN General Assembly, Swaraj who listed climate change alongside terrorism as two of the biggest “existential threats” facing the world, also made a strong case for reforming the world body, warning that “the importance, influence, respect…

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The US will take into consideration the impact of American sanctions against Tehran will have on India's Chabahar Port project in Iran that provides a surface link between New Delhi and Kabul, according to a senior State Department official. "When it comes to Chabahar, we are in the process of reviewing the imposition of sanctions," Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, told IANS in an interview.…

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