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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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India called off the meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York, citing the "brutal" killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of postal stamps glorifying terrorist Burhan Wani. Announcing the decision, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said "the recent developments show that any dialogue with Pakistan is meaningless."…

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With China increasingly asserting its presence in the Indo-Pacific, India and the US in their first high-level 2+2 dialogue have discussed engagement with Japan, Australia and ASEAN nations to secure the seas and the skies in the region, a senior Trump administration official has said. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the crucial talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis in New Delhi on September 6.…

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India and China are handling their differences with "sensitivity and maturity" by not allowing them to become disputes and this was evident from peace in border areas. Modi also termed India-China relations as a factor of stability in the world and appreciated the increased momentum of high-level contacts between the two countries across all spheres, including in areas of defence and military exchanges. He made these remarks when State Councillor and Defence…

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The India-China face-off over Doklam was resolved through “diplomatic maturity without losing any ground” and status quo has been maintained, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said. Swaraj told the Lok Sabha that the main objective of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan was to ensure mutual comfort, mutual understanding and mutual trust between the two leaders and all the three objectives have been achieved.…

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The inaugural 'two-plus-two dialogue' between India and the US will be held on September 6 in New Delhi, the State Department announced. Last month, the US had postponed the much-awaited dialogue due to "unavoidable reasons". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis would travel to India for the dialogue. The dialogue is seen as a vehicle to elevate the strategic relationship between the two countries.…

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her American counterpart Mike Pompeo have agreed to reschedule the postponed '2+2 dialogue' at a mutually convenient time and location as soon as possible, a State Department spokesperson said. Ms Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were earlier scheduled to travel to the United States to take part in the meeting with Mr Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis on July 6. But, Mr Pompeo spoke over the phone with Ms Swaraj to express…

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India and China will enhance policy coordination in their cooperation with neighbouring countries following the just-concluded informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, a top Chinese official has said. PM Modi and Mr Xi concluded their first ever two-day India-China informal summit raising hopes of improving relations in light of last year's tensions on a host of issues including the Doklam military standoff. The two sides will enhance policy coordination…

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Reacting strongly to the extension of emergency in Maldives, India said it is “deeply dismayed” over the development and that the manner in which the 30-day extension was approved by the Majlis in contravention of the Maldivian Constitution is also a “matter of concern”. Accepting President Abdulla Yameen’s recommendation, the Maldivian Parliament (Majlis) extended the state of emergency by another 30 days, hours after India had asserted that it was important that the island nation quickly…

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Over a fortnight after their meeting, the government confirmed that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua (retd) in Thailand, noting that "talks on terror" can definitely go ahead. Raveesh Kumar, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters that the focus of the "operational-level talks" was "cross-border terror" and ways to ensure the elimination of terrorism from the region. He said India has been…

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Seasoned diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale, considered an expert on China, was named the next foreign secretary succeeding S Jaishankar, who completes his extended tenure later this month. Gokhale, a 1981-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), had played a key role in India-China negotiations last year to resolve the 73-day standoff between Indian Army and Chinese People's Liberation Army at Doklam Plateau, a tri-junction between Sino-India and Bhutanese border near…

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India is outraged at the imminent release of Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, calling it an attempt by Pakistan to mainstream proscribed terrorists and a reflection of its continuing support to non-state actors. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Saeed’s release once again confirmed the lack of seriousness on the part of the Pakistan government in bringing perpetrators of terrorism to justice, including individuals and entities so designated by the…

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India has opened two immigration check posts along the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, official notifications said. In a gazette notification, the home ministry said the central government has designated Zorinpui land check post in Lawngtlai district of Mizoram as an authorised immigration check post for entry into or exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers to or from Myanmar.…

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India and Japan inked 15 agreements to further broad-base their strategic partnership and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region where China is increasing its assertiveness. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe held wide-ranging talks on key bilateral, regional and international issues and discussed ways to deepen ties in trade, security and civil nuclear energy.…

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Kenneth I. Juster, until recently deputy director of the National Economic Council at the White House, has been nominated as the next U.S ambassador to India. The appointment will take effect once the U.S Senate confirms him. The post is vacant since January 20. Mr. Juster has been a strong supporter of India-U.S ties and played a key role in the civil nuclear deal and in the advancement of defence ties between the two countries when he was undersecretary of Commerce under former president…

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