MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

  • We will push the Sri Lankan government to free these fishermen: Syed Akbaruddin October 30, 2014

    Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We have been following this case for some time now. We aim to pursue this case at the high court level. We will push the Sri Lankan government to free these fishermen." ...
  • Iraq crisis: Trying to shift all Indians from the conflict zone, says MEA June 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said that it was trying to shift all Indian nationals from the conflict zone in Iraq. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "We had indicated that around 120 Indians are in conflict zone and around 17 had been shifted.". Meanwhile, two other Indians...
  • Sushma to visit Dhaka on June 2527 June 21, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Bangladesh next week during which she will hold talks with the top leadership there on a host of issues of bilateral and international interest. This is Swaraj's first standalone visit abroad as the External Affairs Minister. She had earlier this month accompanied...
  • 16 Indians evacuated from violencehit areas in Iraq: Government June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Maintaining that the situation in Iraq remains a priority for the Union government, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that the government will provide monetary help to Indians stranded in Iraq if they want to want to return. "All the Indian nationals in Iraq who are...
  • Bring back our relatives, cry the families of Indians stranded in Iraq June 19, 2014

    40 Indians have been abducted in Iraq by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadist group. Their family members came to Delhi on Thursday to seek help from the officials of the Ministry of External Affairs. "The last time I spoke to my son was June 10. I...
  • India's mission in Iraq to get in touch with nurses in Tikrit: Akbaruddin June 16, 2014

    New Delhi: In a tweet today, official spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin wrote that with respect to the Iraq situation, India's mission in Iraq was to get in touch with the nurses in Tikrit. Akbaruddin also said that the International Red Crescent Society volunteers visited the...
  • India hopes President poll in Ukraine will give 'healing touch' May 30, 2014

    New Delhi: India on Friday welcomed "successful conduct" of presidential elections in Ukraine and hoped the democratic process will provide a "healing touch" after recent incidents of violence in that country. "India welcomes the successful conduct of the presidential elections in Ukraine and congratulates the government and the friendly people of...
  • Postal stamps on Narendra Modi issued in Bihar May 28, 2014

    A set of four postal stamps and a special cover on Prime Minister Narendra Modi conceptualised by a philatelist from Bihar has been issued by the Department of Posts (DoP). "I conceptualised the stamps and special cover to mark the ascendancy of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of India. It...
  • Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to begin on June 8 March 31, 2014

    The annual 'Kailash Mansarovra Yatra' will begin on June 8 after the medical examination of the travellers in Delhi, officials said on Monday. The journey will begin with the gathering of certified travellers. They will be examined at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) base hospital in the national capital and move...
  • Budget 2014: MEA gets higher allocation February 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs was on Monday allocated Rs 14,130 crore for 201415, which is an increase of 20 per cent compared to revised outlay of last year as more funds have been earmarked for India's overseas developmental projects. The allocation is up by Rs 2,337 crore from...
  • MEA condemns misbehavior with Ugandan nationals, promises action January 18, 2014

    Ministry of External Affairs expressed its concern over the matter raised by Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti involving Ugandan nationals. MEA spokesperson, Syed Akbaruddin said, "We condemn this incident, we also explained to the African heads of mission that action is underway and the complaints registered will be investigated. We...
  • India to ask UK for details of claims of help during Operation Bluestar January 14, 2014

    New Delhi: A Sikh member of the House of Lords in London has claimed that recently released top secret documents suggest former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher's government helped her the then Indian counterpart Indira Gandhi plan the storming of the Golden Temple in 1984 to flush out terrorists holed...
  • UN base attacked in South Sudan, 3 Indian peacekeepers dead December 20, 2013

    New Delhi: In a unfortunate incident in South Sudan, three Indian peacekeepers were killed when attackers stormed a United Nations base in South Sudan where civilians had taken refuge, as violence and unrest continued unabated in the the world's newest country.. Confirming the news, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed...
  • Full text: Devyani Khobragade's letter to her colleagues December 19, 2013

    Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade has thanked her colleagues in the External Affairs Ministry for their support in the case pertaining to her arrest by the US authorities. Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was stripsearched, cavitysearched and swabbed for DNA after her arrest in New York last week...
  • Family breathes a sigh of relief as Sunil James gets freed from Togo December 19, 2013

    Mumbai: In an early morning development, Indian sailor Sunil James was released by Togo authorities on Thursday. Confirming the news of his release, the Ministry of External Affairs said that he will be brought back to India later in the day or early on Friday morning. The news has brought some...
  • Nigerian ambassador lashes out at media for biased coverage November 6, 2013

    Panaji: Nigerian Ambassador Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku on Wednesday lashed out at the media alleging bias in the press coverage of the murder of a Nigerian national in Goa. "The situation we are in is somewhat volatile. This is an issue both governments have to address mutually through diplomatic channels and...
  • Ship detention: Britain seeks consular access to its nationals October 18, 2013

    Britain, whose six nationals are among the arrested crew of a ship detained in Tamil Nadu, on Friday, sought consular access to them while having questions about the reasons for the action against them. "We have written to the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) to request consular access to the British...
  • Arunachal archers detainment: Govt to take up issue of stapled visa with China October 11, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after two Indian archers from Arunachal Pradesh were stopped form boarding a flight to China, the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said they will take the matter with Chinese authorities. Admitting that such issues have been taken up with China in the past, the ministry warned...
  • Maldives presidential runoff should be held as scheduled: India September 24, 2013

    As the Maldives Supreme Court postponed the country's presidential runoff election indefinitely, India said on Tuesday that it is important that the second round of the presidential elections is held as scheduled. In a statement, the ministry of external affairs spokesperson said it is also important that the candidate elected by...
  • Kenya mall attack: Bangalore man Sudarshan B Nagaraj among those killed September 24, 2013

    Nairobi: One more Indian was killed during the Nairobi mall siege taking the total toll of Indians killed during the hostage crisis to three. The terror siege at the Westgate mall in Kenya's Nairobi continues for the fourth day now. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin confirmed that Bangaloreresident Sudarshan...
  • MEA calls assault on UK Sikh man a shameful incident August 19, 2013

    An 18yearold man was punched in the face and shoved to the ground leaving him with a bloody nose and black eye by a 19yearold girl in London. A video of the brutal attack went viral on social media sites which took place earlier this week. ...
  • India welcomes Sharif's friendship offer, wants him to act on terror August 13, 2013

    New Delhi: India on Tuesday welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's offer of friendship with a caveat that Pakistan must not harbour terrorists. Responding to Sharif's call for 'coming together with a clean heart', Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said Pakistan needs to honour the sanctity of the...
  • Sujatha Singh takes charge as Foreign Secretary August 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Sujatha Singh, an IFS officer of the 1976 batch, on Thursday took charge as the new Foreign Secretary. Singh, 59, who was earlier ambassador to Germany, succeeded Ranjan Mathai and will have a fixed tenure of two years. She is the 29th Foreign Secretary and the third woman...
  • Snowden affair clouds US attempts to press China to curb cyber theft July 9, 2013

    Washington: Revelations by former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden will make it harder for the United States to confront China at talks this week over the alleged cyber theft of trade secrets worth hundreds of billions of dollars each year. Snowden's disclosures of American electronic surveillance around the world give...
  • Has India become the only country to back the US on cyber snooping? July 2, 2013

    India has rejected US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden's request for asylum in the country. The Ministry of External Affairs said it saw no reason to accede to Snowden's request. ...
  • India turns down US whistleblower Edward Snowden's asylum request July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: India has rejected US National Security Agency whistleblower Edwarden's request for asylum in the country. The Ministry of External Affairs said it saw no reason to accede to Snowden's request. "The Indian Embassy in Moscow did receive a request for asylum in a communication dated 30 June from Mr...
  • Delhi: Unidentified persons beat up Pak diplomat June 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Pakistan on Monday alleged one of its diplomats and his driver were assaulted by a group of people in New Delhi and called for an investigation into the matter by the Indian government. "This evening an unfortunate incident took place with a diplomat and official of the Pakistan...
  • Defence Minister AK Antony to visit China soon May 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Monday said Defence Minister AK Antony will visit China soon for bilateral talks. This comes on a day when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the national capital. The Chinese Premier's visit comes days after the...
  • There is no confrontation with China, says Salman Khurshid May 6, 2013

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid says while people can express concern over the IndiaChina standoff in Ladakh, there is no need to press the panic button because mechanisms are in place and the government is hopeful of a satisfactory resolution. ...
  • MEA says no notification on NIA probing Italian marines case April 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Two days after the Home Ministry handed over the Italian marines case to the National Investigative Agency (NIA), the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Wednesday that it has not received any notification on the same. Sources had said the NIA was asked to take over the...