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Ministry of External Affairs


India slams OIC for its J&K statement: Reeks of bigotry

August 06, 2022 7:38 am

On the third anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status and its bifurcation, the OIC called on the international community to take steps to resolve the “dispute” in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.

Concern in Delhi over not being part of US-led critical minerals alliance

August 04, 2022 11:25 pm

Given India’s EV and electronics push, rare earth minerals vital to growth.

UGC reforms distance learning guidelines to intensify foreign students’ enrolment

July 25, 2022 7:53 pm

This amendment will allow international students with expired passports to enrol at Indian universities through the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

Aligarh Muslim University seeks Centre’s nod to confer degree on Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman

July 10, 2022 5:48 pm

The Indian Express has learnt that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) first received AMU's proposal in September last year, following which it asked for a list of foreign dignitaries who have been given honorary degrees by the university since its inception.

No need to speculate: MEA on reports of India's plan to hold G20-related meetings in J&K

July 07, 2022 9:13 pm

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said a large number of events will be held across India as part of its presidency of the grouping.

‘Severe lack of understanding of India’: Govt response to US body sharp, and now, familiar

July 04, 2022 10:21 am

The USCIRF, a US federal government commission appointed by the President, designated India as a “country of particular concern for engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations, as defined by the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA)”.

US panel’s comments on religious freedom in India biased: MEA

July 03, 2022 7:34 am

The response from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) came a day after USCIRF alleged "repression" of critical voices, especially religious minorities and those reporting on and advocating for them in India.

UN Human Rights office's remarks on Setalvad's arrest completely unwarranted, misleading: MEA

June 29, 2022 9:44 pm

On Tuesday, the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern over the arrest and detention of social activist Setalvad and called for her immediate release.

India takes up delay in student visas with US, UK, Canada, other countries

June 25, 2022 7:38 am

Sources told The Indian Express that the MEA officials —joint secretaries dealing with these countries — “strongly raised the issue of student visas” with the ambassadors and deputy chiefs of missions of these eight countries.

Earthquake relief: India stands in solidarity with Afghan people, says MEA

June 25, 2022 12:56 am

India has already dispatched 27 tons of relief material in two flights for the people of Afghanistan as a “true first responder” to address their difficulties, the Ministry of External Affairs said.


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, 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.

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.