FOREIGN MINISTER

  • Nuclear deal could open door to regional cooperation: Iran 1 week ago

    Washington: Iran on Monday pushed its call for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, and offered assurances that a nuclear deal would pave the way for greater cooperation with its neighbors. "With courageous leadership and the audacity to make the region decisions, we can and should put this manufactured...
  • Shipwreck corpses brought ashore in Malta, another boat sinks off Greece April 20, 2015

    Catania: European Union foreign ministers met on Monday under pressure to produce more than words and save desperate migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, as bodies of the deadliest known wreck of its kind were brought ashore in Malta. The death toll from Sunday's disaster off the coast of Libya was uncertain...
  • Sushhma Swaraj conveys security concerns during meeting with North Korea Foreign Minister April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: India's security concerns were on Monday conveyed to Ri Su Yong, Foreign Minister of North Korea which has close military ties with Pakistan. Ri, the first ever Foreign Minister from his country to visit India, held discussions with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in a "frank and and friendly...
  • North Korean Foreign Minister in India April 12, 2015

    New Delhi: In a significant diplomatic engagement, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will receive her North Korean counterpart Ri Su-yong on Monday during which issues like DPRK's contentious nuclear programme and concerns over the tension in the Korean Peninsula are expected to figure. The meeting, which comes nearly a month ahead...
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi accorded ceremonial welcome in Paris April 10, 2015

    Paris: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in France on the first leg of a three-nation visit, was on Friday accorded a ceremonial welcome in Paris. Modi arrived in Paris on Thursday night on board his special aircraft on a two-day official visit. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was present during...
  • Former Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa blames India for his election defeat March 13, 2015

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has blamed India, the US and European countries for his humiliating defeat in the January election. "It was very open, Americans, the Norwegians, Europeans were openly working against me. And RAW (India's Research Analysis Wing)," Rajapaksa told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post...
  • Black money: Luxembourg offers to send financial experts team March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Luxembourg, one of the biggest routes for investments into India, on Monday offered to send a team of experts in New Delhi to brief the government on measures taken by it to curb illegal financial transactions. The offer was conveyed by Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn to his Indian...
  • German foreign minister on India visit, to meet Narendra Modi September 6, 2014

    New Delhi: German Foreign Minister FrankWalter Steinmeier will reach Delhi on Saturday evening for a September 6 to 8 visit. During the visit he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, said an official statement from the German embassy. Steinmeier, accompanied by a highlevel business...
  • Poland cancels cultural project with Russia July 25, 2014

    Warsaw: The Poland government on Thursday announced that it had cancelled plans for celebrating Poland year in Russia and Russia year in Poland, a cultural project planned for 2015. "The decision was taken by the government but both Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and Culture Minister Malgorzata Omilanowska agreed that in the...
  • Singapore minister calls on Jayalalithaa July 4, 2014

    Chennai: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam on Friday called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and had a detailed discussion on bilateral ties and possible business ventures in the state. The Chief Minister pointed out to the visiting Minister that despite cultural ties and frequent people...
  • French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius calls on Narendra Modi July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed ways to strengthen cooperation in key areas such as defence, trade and investment with India expressing keenness on setting up industrial bases for it to boost ties. The visiting minister also extended his...
  • Will discuss twoway trade between India and France: French Foreign Minister June 30, 2014

    In an exclusive interview to CNNIBN's Amrita Tripathi, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Monday said that he will discuss the twoway trade between India and France with his Indian counterpart. ...
  • France first in New Delhi as West courts Modi June 30, 2014

    New Delhi: France became the first Western power to hold talks in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived to push defence deals and trade. The reformminded Modi has been widely courted by Western governments since his election in May, with his plans to open up...
  • Russia accuses US of fuelling Ukrainian crisis June 28, 2014

    Moscow: Russia's foreign minister on Saturday accused the United States of encouraging Ukraine to challenge Moscow and heavily weighing in on the European Union. Speaking in televised remarks on Saturday, Sergey Lavrov said that "our American colleagues still prefer to push the Ukrainian leadership toward a confrontational path." He added that...
  • IndiaChina bilateral talks begin, border issue top agenda June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The first round of bilateral talks between India and China after the Narendra Modi government took charge began on Sunday with the Chinese Foreign Minister calling upon Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi. Several outstanding issues including the boundary issue, stapled visas, as well as India's...
  • Tibetans protest Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to India June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Chinese Foreign Minister's visit to India has sparked protests amongst Tibetan community in the national capital. China's Wang Yi arrives on Sunday for a twoday visit during which he will meet Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The protestors are urging Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss Tibet...
  • Chinese Foreign Minister to meet Swaraj today; meeting with PM on Monday June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who is visiting New Delhi as a special envoy of President Xi Jinping to establish political contacts with the new Indian government amid hopes here of an upswing in bilateral ties due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's familiarity with China will be meeting...
  • Oman Foreign Minister on two day visit to Delhi June 2, 2014

    New Delhi : Reaching out to the new government, Oman's Minister for Foreign Affairs Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah will arrive here on Tuesday, in the first visit by any foreign dignitary to India after the Narendra Modiled dispensation came to power. Abdullah's twoday visit here is to congratulate the new leadership...
  • Chinese hackers spied on Europeans before G20 meeting: Researcher December 10, 2013

    Chinese hackers eavesdropped on the computers of five European foreign ministries before last September's G20 Summit, which was dominated by the Syrian crisis, according to research by computer security firm FireEye Inc. The hackers infiltrated the ministries' computer networks by sending emails to staff containing tainted files with titles such as...
  • UN report on Syrian chemical use by Sep 16: France September 12, 2013

    Paris: UN experts would "probably" publish their findings on an chemical attack in Syria Sep 16, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Thursday. The minister stressed there was no doubt that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched the chemical attack in Damascus suburbs last month, Xinhua reported citing the...
  • New Zealand to send aid for Syrian refugees September 2, 2013

    Wellington: The New Zealand government will give $625,244 to help Syrian refugees, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Monday. "New Zealand condemns in the strongest possible terms the ongoing violence and the toll it is taking on the people of Syria," Xinhua quoted McCully as saying. "The latest atrocities in Syria are part...
  • We condemn use of chemical weapons by anyone: Iran September 2, 2013

    Tehran: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Monday said his country believes that use of chemical weapons in any form and by anyone is condemnable. He made the remark in a telephone conversation with his Venezuelan counterpart Elías Jaua Milano, reported IRNA. The Iranian foreign minister lauded the anti-war stands of the...
  • Sri Lanka terms fishermen issue 'disquieting problem' August 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Sri Lanka on Sunday said the problem of Indian fishermen entering its territorial waters was assuming "political dimensions" and it has taken to filing legal charges against them, keeping them in custody and slapping fines on them as a means of "effective deterrence". Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris,...
  • Iran to resume ntalks after Rouhani takes charge July 18, 2013

    Tehran: Iran will resume nuclear talks with the world powers once the new president elect, Hassan Rouhani, takes oath and announces a new negotiating team, the Islamic government said Wednesday. Iran will definitely continue the talks in future with the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany, or P5+1, reported...
  • Wasn't my decision to send back marines: Italian exforeign minister March 27, 2013

    New Delhi: Italy's Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi resigned on Tuesday in protest over his government's decision to send the marines back to India to stand trial for the killing of two fishermen in Kerala. The marines issue did not just rattle IndiaItaly ties, but have also managed to shake up...
  • Italy maintains marines must be tried in Rome March 24, 2013

    New Delhi: The two Italian marines, Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, charged with the murder of two Kerala fishermen, may be back in the country, but the drama is far from over. Italy, who agreed to send back the marines, reversing its earlier decision, still maintains they must be tried...
  • Kerala Police lured marines in Indian waters: Italian minister March 23, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after the Delhi High Court issued order for setting up a special court to try the Italian marines, who are facing murder charges in the killing case of two Kerala fishermen, the Italian Deputy Foreign Minister has claimed that the marines were lured in the Indian...
  • Maldives: Termination of GMR contract is a huge setback, says Khurshid November 30, 2012

    A diplomatic row is brewing between India and Maldives over the termination of the Male airport contract. The Maldivian government has ruled out reviving the $500 million deal with GMR and justified the scrapping by saying it was done purely on legal grounds. ...
  • 'Libya wouldn't go from Gaddafi to Jefferson overnight' September 17, 2012

    Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird, while condemning the Benghazi terror attack in which the US Ambassador to Tripoli was killed along with three others, also said the transition in Libya from Muammar Gaddafi to Thomas Jefferson will take a while. ...
  • Terrorism was mantra of the past: Pak minister September 7, 2012

    Islamabad: "Terrorism was mantra of the past, terrorism is not the mantra of future," said Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Friday ahead of her talks with Indian counterpart SM Krishna, asking India to see the Mumbai terror attack trial "realistically" and not "emotionally". She has also indicated that the...