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Coronavirus: 60,000 foreign nationals evacuated amid lockdown, says MEA

May 01, 2020 9:37 am

It is learnt that the government is working on a mega plan to deploy naval ships as well as military and commercial aircraft to evacuate Indians stranded in the Gulf and other regions after the lockdown ends.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu appointed India's ambassador to US: MEA

January 28, 2020 4:29 pm

Sandhu, a 1988-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently posted as High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka.

No role for third party: MEA on Trump's offer for help on Kashmir issue

January 23, 2020 4:53 pm

Accusing Islamabad of creating an "alarmist situation in Kashmir", Kumar said the onus was on Pakistan to create "conducive conditions - free from terror, hostility & violence".

US-Iran tensions: Govt advises Indians against travelling to Iraq; DGCA tells airlines to remain vigilant

January 08, 2020 1:33 pm

In the early hours of Wednesday, Iran attacked two US bases in Iraq, the Al-Asad and Taji air bases. The Indian government said its Embassy in Baghdad and Consulate in Erbil would continue to function normally to provide all services to Indians residing in Iraq.

'Shameful situation': Politicians across spectrum react to Nankana Sahib stone pelting

January 04, 2020 4:59 pm

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "These are wanton acts of vandalism, arson and stone-pelting against one of the holiest Sikh shrines. If any more proof was needed on the state of minorities in Pakistan then this is it."

Hope they don't fall victim to propaganda, says India as it seeks access to 2 arrested by Pak

November 21, 2019 5:16 pm

The two Indian were arrested in Pakistan's Punjab province for allegedly crossing the border illegally and a case was registered against them.

India condemns fatal shooting of Sikh police officer serving in Texas

September 28, 2019 1:34 pm

"Deeply grieved to learn of the shooting of Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a Sikh Indian-American officer in Houston, USA. We have just visited that city. My condolences to his family," Jaishankar tweeted.

India chastises Pak for 'irresponsible remarks' on Kashmir, says 'behave like normal neighbour'

August 29, 2019 6:12 pm

"These are very irresponsible statements. It's time for Pakistan to behave like a normal neighbour," said Raveesh Kumar to mediapersons.

Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict: Pakistan has its own compulsions to lie to its own people, says MEA

July 18, 2019 8:37 pm

In a major diplomatic victory for India, ICJ Wednesday granted consular access to Jadhav and ruled that Pakistan must review the death sentence for the Indian national.

8,189 Indian prisoners lodged in foreign jails: MEA

July 18, 2019 4:52 pm

Saudi Arabia has the highest 1811 Indian prisoners, followed by the UAE with 1,392 and Nepal 1,160 jail inmates, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.


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.