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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi arrived in New Delhi on Thursday on a three-day visit and will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday with an aim to step up engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and trade. Later in the evening, Sisi is expected to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry […]
On her first trip to Egypt, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said West Asia and North Africa are growing in significance for India’s national interests and the country will pay greater attention to the region by seeking closer cooperation and stronger partnership.
India strongly supports Iraq’s territorial integrity and its government’s efforts to “overcome the current crisis”, President Pranab Mukherjee said amid a war that country is engaged in against ISIS terror group. In a message to his counterpart Fuad Masum on the eve of National Day of Iraq, Mukherjee said India deeply values its close and […]
Describing last week’s meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as an “important step forward”, the US has urged the two countries to create “constituencies for peace.” The Modi-Sharif meeting on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting in Ufa, Russia “marked an important step forward in lowering tensions and […]
Indian Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi left Cairo Wednesday, 8/7/2015 winding up a visit to Egypt during which he met with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. Naqvi invited Sisi to attend the third Indian-African Forum Summit.
“Enormously concerned” over recent increase in tensions between India and Pakistan, US Secretary of State John Kerry has spoken with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to work out how to tamp them down, acknowledging that the latter had just finished a conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The increase “in the tensions publicly between […]
French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday that talks with India over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets were progressing well and would be finalised within “two to three months”.
Pakistan on Wednesday said it fully supports peace and stability in Afghanistan, as the two sides agreed to work closely for the security and socio-economic development of the region. “Pakistan has firm resolve to fully support Afghanistan’s efforts for peace and stability, including through facilitating an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process,” said
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar here tomorrow to “launch negotiations” for the 36 Rafale fighter jets that India has decided to buy from France. Drian will arrive here later tonight after his visit to the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
India and France will hold the first formal consultations this week for concluding the Rafale deal announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Paris last month. Indian and French sources said the two sides will discuss the broad contours of the way forward to finalize the “government to government” deal for 36 fighter jets […]
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is likely to arrive in India next week to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar to carry forward the over US $6 billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said India was proud of its close relations with Afghanistan and shared Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s goal of building a strong, prosperous and independent Afghanistan. He was speaking at the Rastrapati Bhawan during a banquet hosted for the Afghan president who was on a three-day visit to India. Mukherjee […]
Indian Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that Indian Naval Force has started 10-day-long joint military exercises with the French fleet near the Indian state of Goa. Four French Naval ships including Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle and its entourage including Rafel fighter jets have arrived in Goa today, according to a statement by the ministry. […]
India and France aim to finalise the deal for 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) by the end of May, according to defence industry sources. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is believed to have insisted on this deadline with his French counterpart Francois Hollande in Paris, soon after announcing the fighters’ […]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday returned to India after concluding a successful three-nation, nine day tour of France, Germany and Canada, landing at the Palam Air Force Station in the national capital. Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including the party’s Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay and Vijay Goel, were present to receive Prime Minister Modi, […]
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday thanked France and wrapped up his first visit that saw the two nations elevate their strategic ties to a new level as they agreed on a deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets and decided to move ahead with the log-stalled Jaitapur nuclear project.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi begins an eight-day visit to France, Germany and Canada on Thursday in a bid to further his agenda to boost Indian manufacturing, ensure his country’s energy security and increase foreign investment. The focus of the prime minister’s three days in France will be a fighter aircraft deal and a nuclear […]
India on Thursday strongly condemned the “barbaric terrorist attack” on a university campus in northeastern Kenya in which 70 people were killed and said the international community needs to further strengthen its fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on an eight-day tour of France, Germany and Canada on April 9 with a focus on attracting investment and enhancing overall cooperation with the three countries. Modi will first travel to France on April 9 and from there he will leave for Germany on April 12. On the third […]
India and China will hold the 18th round of border talks in Delhi from tomorrow – the first round of negotiations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power last year – where the two sides are expected to focus on clarification of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
Despite several meetings between Indian and French officials to close the 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal worth $20 bn before PM Narendra Modi travels to Paris next month, defence minister Manohar Parrikar informed the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that “no final decision” has been taken yet.
India has stressed on deeper engagement and commitment by the UN Security Council to ensure long-lasting peace in countries torn by civil war and to avoid relapse into conflict. In an an Ambassadorial-level meeting of Organisational Committee, Peacebuilding Commission here yesterday, Deputy Permanent Representative of India Ambassador Bhagwant Bishnoi said peacebuilding is necessary to rebuild […]
Pakistan will hold dialogue with India on all issues including the longstanding Kashmir dispute, National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said today ahead of the Foreign Secretary-level talks next week. Talking to Radio Pakistan in Lahore, Aziz said that India cancelled Foreign Secretary level talks last year and now it took initiative to restore these talks.
Jammu and Kashmir’s new ruling coalition sworn in on Sunday has nudged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume talks with Pakistan and Kashmiri stakeholders, including the Hurriyat Conference. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Kashmir’s People’s Democratic Party nominated 11 and 12 ministers respectively who took the oath of office under the watch of […]
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drain and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar appear to have sorted out one of the key issues holding up the estimated $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. A final decision is expected to be taken before Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his […]
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will hold talks with his Indian counterpart in New Delhi on Tuesday to salvage a deal to supply 126 Dassault fighter jets that has stalled on the issue of local assembly of the aircraft. Under the terms of the contract, 18 of the Rafale planes will be sold ready to fly while the rest […]
India and the US have held their first ever bilateral dialogue on the UN and multilateral issues in the spirit of the “Delhi Declaration of Friendship” that strengthens and expands the two countries’ relationship. “Today’s discussions focused on international peace and security, peacekeeping operations, counter-piracy, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the UN Human Rights Council, and […]
Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed yesterday to end India’s status as the world’s number one defense importer, saying he wanted 70 percent of hardware to be manufactured domestically by the turn of the decade. Speaking at the start of a major aviation industry conference, Modi told hundreds of foreign and local businessmen that his government […]
The United States has welcomed the signing of civil nuclear cooperation agreement between India and Sri Lanka, saying it is consistent with IAEA safeguards and other international standards and practices. “We welcome regional cooperation on nuclear energy that is consistent with IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards and other international standards and practices,” State Department […]
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius on Thursday met the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj here. Fabius, accompanied by a delegation of fellow dignitaries, started his official trip to India today. According to reports, Fabius will also be holding meetings with Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State (Independent […]
Terming India as an important “net provider of security” in the region, US President Barack Obama’s pick for Defence Secretary has said strengthening defence ties and expanding collaboration on military technology with the country would be his top priority. “India and the United States have built a strong strategic partnership. India is an important net […]
French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius, accompanied by a delegation of fellow dignitaries, is scheduled to visit India on an official trip starting February 5. According to reports, Fabius will be holding meetings with various personages in the national capital, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu […]
Surprised at the Chinese reaction over his visit to India, US President Barack Obama has said there is no reason for Beijing to be threatened by a good relationship between New Delhi and Washington. “I was surprised when I heard that the Chinese government had put out these statements. China doesn’t need to be threatened because we have […]
Pakistan today successfully test-fired a new indigenously developed cruise missile capable of delivering nuclear and conventional warheads up to 350 km, bringing many Indian cities under its range. The Ra’ad missile enables Pakistan to achieve “strategic standoff capability” on land and at sea, as it uses extremely complex “Cruise Technology” that has been developed by only a […]
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that he wanted relations with India based on equality and mutual respect, values which are vital for peace in the region, a media report said. In a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit in Islamabad, Mr. Sharif said that Pakistan longed for good relations […]