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Pak denial of abduction of Afghan envoy’s daughter is a new low: MEA

July 22, 2021 8:37 pm

Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghan Ambassador Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted, held and assaulted by unidentified men in Islamabad last Friday.

Under fire over activist Stan Swamy's death, govt says 'detention was in accordance with law'

July 06, 2021 11:41 pm

84-year-old Stan Swamy, who was arrested in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case on October 8, died on Monday in a private hospital where he was shifted on directions of the Bombay High Court in May after his health began deteriorating.

UNGA president’s Kashmir remarks unacceptable: MEA

May 29, 2021 12:06 am

“When an incumbent President of the UN General Assembly makes misleading and prejudiced remarks, he does great disservice to the office he occupies,” the MEA spokesperson said.

Legal steps to bring back mortal remains of Indian mistakenly buried in Saudi Arabia initiated: MEA

April 15, 2021 7:58 pm

Director of Consular, Passport and Visa Division of MEA, Vishnu Kumar Sharma told the court that parallel diplomatic efforts will continue with Saudi Arabia in the meantime for the return of Sanjeev Kumar’s mortal remains. The matter, at present, is pending with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior, the court was told.

PM Modi accepts Biden's invitation to Leaders’ Summit on Climate: MEA

April 03, 2021 10:52 am

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said President Biden has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the Leaders' Summit on Climate, which will be held virtually on April 22 and 23.

Seek Saudi embassy help for return of Indian citizen’s body: Delhi HC to MEA

March 19, 2021 9:05 am

According to the petition filed by Anju Sharma, wife of Sanjeev Kumar, who had been working as a truck driver in Saudi Arabia for the past 23 years and died in January due to cardiac arrest, the body was kept in a hospital in Jizan and she was to complete formalities for repatriation.

India, China hold in-depth talks on addressing remaining issues in eastern Ladakh

March 13, 2021 2:23 pm

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the two sides agreed to maintain close communication and dialogue through both the diplomatic and military channels and agreed to convene the 11th round of military talks at an early date.

UN panel's conclusions on Michel based on limited information, biased allegations: MEA

February 26, 2021 10:42 pm

India also made it clear that the Working Group is not a judicial body, and therefore, its opinions are not legally binding on the member states.

LAC standoff: India, China resume diplomatic talks, agree to work towards complete disengagement at earliest

December 18, 2020 7:59 pm

At the virtual talks, the two sides agreed that the next round of military dialogue should be held at an early date so that they can work towards an early and complete disengagement of troops in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements and protocols, the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) said.

MEA: OIC has no locus standi on internal matters, including J&K

June 26, 2020 3:48 am

India on Thursday once again said OIC had “no locus standi” and should refrain from making unwarranted references against India.


No permit was given to Pak High Commission to visit Chennai event: MEA

February 25, 2016 4:11 pm

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said that the Ministry of External Affairs had informed the Pakistan High Commission on February 12 that High Commissioner, his wife and one official could go to Chennai in the program of February 22. He added that the organisers were wrongly informed that Ministry of External Affairs did not permit the Pakistan High Commissioner to go to Chennai event.

India to move UN for Azhar Masood ban: MEA

February 25, 2016 4:07 pm

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup onThursday said that India will yet again move the United Nations to include the name of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar on the sanctions list to ban him. Swarup said "We will be moving to 1267 Sanctions Committee to also include the name of Masood Azhar on the sanctions list. It is a great anomaly that the organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed is listed but not its leader. He also noted that India has already submitted to the UN's Sanction Committee a fresh list of 11 terrorists from Pakistan -based terror groups affiliated to Al Qaeda, Taliban and other outfits responsible for terrorism in the country. He further said "We are awaiting details from Pakistan about the composition of the Special Investigation Team and the itinerary of the visit. The two foreign secretaries are in touch.

US decision was unfortunate: MEA on F-16 sale

February 18, 2016 3:21 pm

New Delhi, Feb 18 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said it does not agree with the United State’s rationale that the sale of F-16 to Pakistan is for counter-terrorism activities. Swarup added that US decision was very unfortunate and will certainly convey negative sentiment, but the relationship between two countries is on broader level.

India, France to discuss counter terrorism mechanism

January 21, 2016 3:25 pm

New Delhi, Jan 21 (ANI): In the wake of horrendous attack in Paris and the recent terrorist attack at the Pathankot air base, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday the cooperation between France and India on matters related to counter terrorism has acquired a very significant dimension, and added that a lot of discussion in this regard is expected during the visit of French President François Hollande. President Hollande will be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations this year. This is the fifth time that a serving President of the French Republic will be the chief guest at the Republic Day function. Vikas Swarup also highlighted the business ties between both nations.

India, Pak to reschedule Foreign Secretary-level talks: MEA

January 14, 2016 2:10 pm

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Clearing the air over reports of suspension of the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar spoke to his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary and both have agreed to reschedule the talks in the near future. Swarup further added that India welcomed Pakistan’s move to order an investigation into the Pathankot terror attack.

Pak's action against Pathankot perpetrators welcoming: MEA

January 14, 2016 1:37 pm

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Welcoming the action taken by the Pakistan to punish the perpetrators of the Pathankot terror attack, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said India viewed the crackdown on the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group as an important and positive first step. Swarup added that India will extend all necessary cooperation to the special investigating team of Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of this attack to justice.

India enlarging engagement with NRIs: VK Singh

January 09, 2016 11:31 am

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs VK Singh on Saturday said that India is enlarging its engagement with its diaspora and Indians living abroad. He was speaking at the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas. Addressing the conference, Singh said that India’s missions in various countries observing this day as Pravasi Bhartiya Divas and interacting with Indians living in that country.

Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif was target of terrorist attack, says MEA

January 07, 2016 4:05 pm

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Confirming that the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif was indeed the target of a terrorist strike, the Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Thursday said the reports received from the Afghan authorities on January 6 indicate that the armed terrorists attacked with heavy ammunition. Swarup also said it lasted till the night of January 4 when the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) were able to eliminate the four terrorists, who had been holed up in a building near the Consulate.

India puts ball in Pak's court, seeks action against Pathankot perpetrators

January 07, 2016 1:14 pm

New Delhi, Jan 07 (ANI): Amid speculations that the Foreign Secretary-level talks could be called off by New Delhi in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday put the ball in Pakistan's court and said the future course of action would be decided after Islamabad's response to actionable intelligence provided with regard to the fidayeen strike. Addressing the media, Swarup said the government's policy towards Pakistan is clear and consistent.

DMRK's action affects peace of India: MEA

January 06, 2016 11:40 am

New Delhi, Jan 06 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup on Wednesday said he has seen the reports of the nuclear test that has been conducted in North Korea, and it is a matter of concern. He also said that Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DMRK) is doing wrong deeds, which adversely impact on peace and stability of India.