India told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state should be handled with “restraint” and focus on the “welfare of the civilian population”.
India’s Permanent Representative at the UN in Geneva, Rajiv K Chander, praised Bangladesh and said that the “role” being played by Dhaka in extending humanitarian assistance to the refugees “deserves recognition”.
The MEA statement said the ministers “emphasised the need for ensuring freedom of navigation, respect for international law and peaceful resolution of disputes”
The India-Japan joint statement, for the first time, named Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). This is a big leap, in an effort to build a narrative against Pakistan for sheltering these terrorist outfits.
The reference to Pakistan-based terror groups is a new addition to the joint statement which said that the two leaders looked forward to “strengthening cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including Al-Qaida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, and their affiliates”.
The first flight carrying a consignment of relief material could be despatched as early as Thursday. It will be sent to Chittagong where Indian diplomats will hand it over to the Bangladesh government for further distribution.
Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe are scheduled to hold bilateral talks Thursday at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. This is their tenth meeting in the last three years.
Despite the increased bonhomie, and 10 meetings between PM Modi and Shinzo Abe, this is a major challenge confronting the bilateral ties between Indian and Japan.
At Ramapuram, in Kerala’s Kottayam district, V I Thomas, a cousin of the priest, said, “God has heard our prayers. We have been waiting for this news for the last 18 months.”
Sources said PM Modi would take Shinzo Abe on a “massive roadshow” — from the airport to Sabarmati Ashram, possibly in an “open-top limousine” — with people cheering for them.
“Like many other nations, India is concerned about illegal migrants, in particular, with the possibility that they could pose security challenges. Enforcing the laws should not be mistaken for lack of compassion,” Permanent Representative of India to UN in Geneva Rajiv K Chander said.
Both sides hit out at Pakistan, without naming the country.
UN official Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said India “cannot carry out collective expulsions” and return people to a place where they face persecution.
Dhaka, in an unusual move on Saturday, asked New Delhi to put pressure on the Myanmar government to take steps for peace and stability, and to stop the flow of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.
The two leaders are likely to discuss a range of issues, including defence, Asia Pacific, nuclear cooperation, and joint development of projects in the region.
PM Modi took to Twitter after the talks: “Met President Xi Jinping. We held fruitful talks on bilateral relations between India and China.” Xi Jinping told Modi that China was prepared to work with India on the five principles of Panchsheel
After entering an ante-chamber following a photo-op with China’s President Xi Jinping, Modi enveloped Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in his trademark hug.
Responding to the BRICS summit document, Islamabad Tuesday said that Pakistan was also “seriously concerned” about the threat posed by terrorism and extremism in the South Asian region.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for an organised and coordinated action on counter-terrorism, Chinese President Xi Jinping Tuesday said BRICS leaders had agreed on deepening political and security cooperation while enhancing mutual strategic trust. This came a day after the BRICS, for the first time, named two Pakistan-based terrorist groups, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, in […]
The Modi-Xi meeting, that lasted for an hour, comes amid diplomatic efforts by the two sides to overcome the bitterness caused by the 73-day face-off between their troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector.
BRICS Summit: This will be the first meeting between Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping after the end of the Doklam standoff.
The Xiamen declaration also deplored all terrorist attacks worldwide, including attacks in BRICS countries, and condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations wherever committed, by whomsoever.
"President Putin recalled the prime minister’s visit to Russia earlier this year. And, he thanked the prime minister for high-level participation from India at the Eastern Economic Forum.”
One of the key elements in this strategy, sources said, was the fact that the US under President Donald Trump was seen to be ceding space in global governance, and New Delhi gauged that the Chinese would be keen to capture that leadership space at the global stage.
BRICS Summit 2017: In the Xiamen declaration issued at the end of the BRICS Summit’s plenary session, the influential grouping — which includes Brazil, Russia and South Africa — reaffirmed their commitment to “achieving a fair and modern global tax system”.
BRICS Summit 2017: In both declarations, BRICS underlines the “importance of predictability in accessing technology and finance for expansion of civil nuclear energy capacity” — the same argument given by India in its quest to become a member of the NSG.
“Moving forward, using the springboard of our national experiences, BRICS countries can deepen partnership for win-win results. Some thoughts come to mind for upgrading mutual cooperation," PM Modi said.
From India’s perspective, naming LeT and JeM are symbolic takeaways, since China has in the recent past blocked the designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council.
BRICS Summit 2017: The bilateral meeting is likely to focus on repairing the damage done to the relationship, and would dwell on “confidence-building” measures, after the tense stand-off where the rhetoric coming out of Beijing was perceived to be extremely hostile.
A downpour in Xiamen forced the Chinese and Indian officials to scrap the red-carpet welcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the tarmac. The Indian side had prepared to receive him in sync with Chinese protocol officers at the airport.
As the Chinese President engages with the BRICS leaders from five countries and different continents, the recent border stand-off at Doklam between India and China will definitely be on everyone’s minds.
“Prime Minister Modi welcomed the steps taken by the Swiss side to expedite the execution of tax information sharing request by India and hoped that the two sides resolve outstanding issues expeditiously through bilateral dialogue at competent authority level,” it said.
On Monday, India and China decided to de-escalate and withdraw their soldiers from the site at the trijunction with Bhutan a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to travel to Xiamen in China for the BRICS summit from September 3 to 5.
“At the invitation of the President of People’s Republic of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Xiamen in China’s Fujian province during September 3-5, 2017 to attend the 9th BRICS Summit,” an External Affairs Ministry statement said.
A government source told The Indian Express that the withdrawal of troops has been “mutual” and “simultaneous”, but “sequential”. However, the source refused to elaborate on which side began the withdrawal.
“India is the world’s biggest democracy and it is difficult to see it remaining quiet or idle (about the developments in the Maldives).... We have high expectations from India, and I believe India will deliver. In fact, it is delivering,” Nasheed said.