While the visit has fuelled much speculation about the possibility of a new peace effort, that would be unexpected given that several times, New Delhi has turned down — not always politely — offers of “mediation” in the Kashmir issue.
Bondevik made a surprise visit to the Valley during which he met Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, two of the three leaders of the Joint Resistance Leadership. He also met members of the chamber of commerce and the Bar Association.
A new President, Ibrahim Solih, takes over in the Maldives on November 17. India is relieved at the defeat of the pro-China Yameen, but has its fingers crossed over what happens in the Indian Ocean archipelago now.
As a key vote in Parliament looms, Sirisena and Wickremesinghe continue to pull in different directions. China-leaning Rajapakse and India are both watching — one in anticipation, the other in apprehension.
Going forward, Pakistan will need to explain Qadri's presence at the DFC meeting to the intergovernmental Financial Action Task Force, which has “grey-listed” Pakistan for its failure to take adequate steps on terrorism financing.
The incident comes at a time when bilateral relations have hit a low, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launching a scathing attack on Pakistan during her speech to the UN General Assembly Saturday.
In New Delhi, sources said that the decision to call off the meeting was taken by the government after consultations with all stakeholders, including the ministries of External Affairs, Home and Defence, the armed forces and intelligence agencies.
The last Mughal emperor’s grave is a silent witness to changing, turbulent times in Myanmar. When India contemplated broaching the return of Zafar's remains to Delhi, the government was told by its diplomats in Yangon to drop it as “there would be riots in Myanmar” if that happened.
As Delhi seeks to expand its engagement with Myanmar, it is in sectors such as education, health and entertainment services that India hopes to make an impact in a country crowded with several international players, and completely dominated by China.
This is the ambitious project that seeks to connect India with Myanmar and onwards to Thailand, which Delhi hopes will be its gateway to ASEAN. The first 160 km stretch is called the India-Myanmar Friendship Highway (IMFH).
The India-Myanmar Land Border Crossing Agreement operationalised last week opens up roads between the two countries, and brings them closer for travellers and traders. It is a key step in India’s Act East policy.