Pakistan’s Imran Khan tweeted, in both English and Urdu, “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia.”
China and Russia have also hosted peace talks with Taliban representatives. Khalilzad recently briefed India — the third time in five months — and Chinese and Russian interlocutors have also engaged with Delhi on this issue.
Confirming the major appointments, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Naghmana Hashmi, career diplomat, was being sent to China. She will replace Masood Khalid, the incumbent envoy to China, after completion of his tenure.
Daudzai, who met Doval and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday in separate bilateral meetings, tweeted, “Visited India & met Mr.Ajit Doval, India’s NSA in New Delhi. Discussed the role of regional countries in the Peace process. In particular, emphasized on India’s role in the government led #AfghanPeaceProcess.”
With the US ending sanctions exemption to India for importing Iran oil after May 1, Zarif’s trip came three weeks after President Donald Trump decided to squeeze Iran, announcing that the US will no longer grant sanctions exemption to Iran’s oil customers.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit comes at a time when tensions have escalated between Iran and the US. What is India's stake in this; what are the challenges it faces diplomatically, and as an importer of Iran oil?
The dialogue reviewed a year of progress since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK in April 2018 for the Commonwealth Summit, where he and British Prime Minister Theresa May had agreed on closer collaboration across trade and technology, security and people-to-people links.
Imran — who was accompanied by ISI chief Gen Asim Munir — spoke a little over two months after 27 personnel of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards were killed in a suicide attack in the Sistan-Baluchistan province along the border with Pakista
New Delhi had circulated its dossier on Azhar with all UN members, in Delhi and foreign capitals, to make its case — that he was accused in multiple terror crimes in India, from the Parliament attack in 2001 to the Pulwama terror strike in 2019.
Multilateral negotiations frequently involve complex quid pro quos, and China is known to wait and play the long game. Why has it chosen to allow the global terrorist listing of Masood Azhar at this juncture?
For New Delhi, this was a major diplomatic success after hectic negotiations since Beijing had put a technical hold on March 13. The wheels moved slowly but surely in Delhi’s favour — with heavy-lifting from the US, quietly assisted by France and UK.
India was one of eight countries allowed temporary import of Iranian oil. India was being pushed by the US to restrict its monthly purchase to 1.25 million tonnes, down from 22.6 million tonnes bought in 2017-18
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj identified three of them as Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said a woman from Kasargod district, P S Raseena, was also among those killed.