Diplomacy

  • World leaders in D-Day diplomacy drive over Ukraine June 6, 2014

    Caen: World leaders gather on Friday to mark 70 years since the historic D-Day invasion of France that hastened the end of World War II, against a backdrop of intense diplomacy over the Ukraine crisis. At ceremonies on the beaches of northern France, where the biggest amphibious assault in history was...
  • Have to alter confrontation into cooperation: Sharif after India visit May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: After the historic visit, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif finally bade goodbye to India on Tuesday evening. Sharif, who was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his swearing-in ceremony, said he was "pleased and privileged" to be here. "I had a good and constructive meeting with the Indian...
  • Pakistan keen on peace with India, wants sustained talks: Envoy April 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Maintaining that wars between the two countries have fetched no returns, Pakistan on Tuesday said that it wants a sustained and comprehensive dialogue process with India and asserted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was keen on peace with New Delhi for growth and prosperity of his country. "Our Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • Denial of visa to Modi amounts to 'immature diplomacy', says BJP December 27, 2013

    BJP on Friday hit out at the US for denial of visa to Narendra Modi, saying to proclaim the Gujarat Chief Minister guilty even when there was no evidence against him despite several probes amounts to "immature diplomacy" and sets a precedent for a "reciprocal" response. The BJP's attack came a...
  • India, Pakistan to hold back channel talks in Dubai over ceasefire violations August 29, 2013

    Former Foreign Secretary Shahryar Khan and ex-diplomat S K Lambah, the point men for India-Pakistan back-channel diplomacy, will meet in Dubai on Thursday to ease tensions and firm up a planned meeting between the premiers of the two countries, a media report said. The decision to initiate back-channel diplomacy to address tensions...
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif for strengthening ties with neighbours July 21, 2013

    Islamabad: Stressing the importance of a peaceful and stable neighbourhood, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan will pursue policies that strengthen ties with neighbouring countries. Sharif said his "primary focus was on pursuit of policies to strengthen Pakistan's relations with neighbouring countries, advancement of national development goals and...
  • FTN: Lankan crisis: Does DMK matter more than diplomacy? March 19, 2013

    The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the second biggest constituent of the ruling government, severed ties with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on Tuesday, but the move posed no immediate threat to the minority government, which said it is "stable and will continue to stay in power". The M Karunanidhi-led DMK,...
  • Italy's refusal to send back marines a betrayal: BJP March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday termed as 'betrayal and bluff' the Italian government's refusal to send back two marines charged with shooting dead two Indian fishermen and demanded that all efforts be made to bring them back to face trial in the case. "This is betrayal and bluff by the...
  • Live: Honour commitment made to SC, India tells Italy March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: 7.40 pm: India tells Italy arbitration or International Court proceedings is not the issue at the moment. The main issue is of Italy honouring its commitment to the Supreme Court of India, says government. Italy had suggested arbitration as a way to resolve the dispute over two of...
  • Fishermen killings: Govt to consult A-G on Italy's decision March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Indian government has reacted to Italy's decision of not sending the Italian marines charged with the murder of two Kerala fishermen back to India. Government sources say the sanctity of sovereign guarantees has been violated by Italy. Indian government sources have said that the original decision to send...
  • Did India let Italian marines get away with murder? March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: India and Italy are set for a diplomatic stand-off after the Italian government refused to send back the two marines charged with the murder of Indian fishermen in Kerala. The Ministry of External Affairs is still processing the statement from Italy. On Monday evening, the Italian government made...
  • Foreign policy, diplomacy key to India's growth: PM January 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Foreign policy and diplomacy are the key factors that could lead India on the path of progress, prosperity and security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in New Delhi on Tuesday. "As global inter-dependence and integration deepen, as the centre of gravity of global challenges and opportunities shifts to our...
  • Poetry is the new tool of soft diplomacy in India October 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Cultural and linguistic boundaries blurred as Rabindranath Tagore's poetry was set to a dance and Hungarian poetry composed by national icons like Endre Ady was recited in Hindi and in Hungarian. All this when 15 poets and writers from the two countries assembed here under the "Poetry Across...
  • External Affairs Ministry invites films on India November 15, 2011

    New Delhi: Just pick up your video camera and shoot a three-minute film if you think you can capture the essence of India, wherever you are. You could win loads of prizes! In a pioneering initiative to promote India's soft power, the Public Diplomacy Division of the external affairs ministry...
  • 'PM held secret talks with Pak army chief' April 24, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was in secret talks with Pakistani army chief Ashfaq Kiyani through an unofficial envoy ahead of the cricket diplomacy at Mohali, according to 'The Times' of London. It said the back channel exercise that had been on for 10 months was aimed at ensuring...
  • Cricket diplomacy seemed to work for India, Pak March 31, 2011

    Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani padded up for cricket diplomacy and it appears to have worked. India's foreign secretary said the informal contact and conversation in the private box and over dinner has generated the Mohali spirit, a positive and encouraging spirit. ...
  • PM holds wide-ranging discussions with Gilani March 30, 2011

    Mohali: Mixing cricket with diplomacy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday held wide-ranging discussions with his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani when he favoured the need for an "atmosphere free of violence" in order to ensure thorough mobilisation of bilateral ties. At a dinner Singh hosted in honour of Gilani on...
  • Yuvraj peps up the nation with his tweet now! March 30, 2011

    Yuvraj Singh can move the nation not alone by his thunderous batting but also with his tweets! The ace Indian batsman tweeted saying,"Request all people in the stadium to inspire us by the singing the national anthem loudly Jai Hind good night." Yuvraj's tweet before the the crucial India vs Pakistan...
  • Mohali sub plot: Manmohan's cricket diplomacy March 29, 2011

    New Delhi: Mixing cricket and diplomacy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday over dinner in the Mohali cricket stadium on the margins of the World Cup semi-finals between the two countries. An indication that the Congress party is...
  • Cricket and diplomacy go way back for Indo-Pak March 25, 2011

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday invited Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to the India Pakistan face off in Mohali next week. This is not the first time that cricket is being seen as a way to boost the ties between the two...
  • Cricket and diplomacy go way back for India-Pakistan March 25, 2011

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday invited Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to the India Pakistan face off in Mohali next week. ...
  • Canada suspends diplomatic ties with Libya February 27, 2011

    Ottawa: Canada has suspended its diplomatic presence in Libya and evacuated its embassy staff from the strife-torn north African country, an official said in Ottawa. "The government has decided today to suspend its diplomatic presence in Libya and has instructed all Canada-based staff to depart Libya," Dimitri Soudas, communications director for...
  • India announces $ 500 mn aid for poor countries February 18, 2011

    New Delhi: Underlining its commitment to South-South cooperation, India on Friday announced another $500 million aid for a host of projects in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and offered to share its developmental experience with them. "Today, as the world's largest democracy, which supports fundamental human rights and human freedoms, we are...
  • India concerned over China's presence in PoK September 3, 2010

    Beijing/New Delhi: India, on Friday, conveyed its concerns to China over its presence in Pak-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and its activities in that region. The Indian move came in the wake of reports of presence of about 11,000 Chinese troops in Jammu and Kashmir's Gilgit-Baltistan region held by Pakistan. The Indian concerns...
  • Army visa row: India summons Chinese envoy August 27, 2010

    New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs on Friday hit back at China after it denied visa to a senior Indian Army General stationed in Jammu and Kashmir. The MEA summoned China's ambassador to India to register its displeasure over the entire controversy. Sources tell CNN-IBN that India has put...
  • No Brit understatement, Cameron talks straight July 29, 2010

    New Delhi: British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed a plain-speaking streak during a tour of Turkey and India that raises questions over whether it is down to youthful inexperience or a bold new approach to diplomacy. He caused anger in Israel by saying in Turkey that Gaza was a "prison...
  • Indo-Pak foreign secretaries likely to meet in Feb February 6, 2010

    New Delhi: India and Pakistan have agreed to take steps to restore ties which had been severed following the 26/11 terror attacks. The foreign secretaries of the two countries are expected to meet later this month as a part of a new confidence building exercise. Pakistani High Commissioner Shahid Malik met Foreign...
  • Obama says US will look East, engage with Asia November 15, 2009

    Tokyo: US President Barack Obama pledged on Saturday to deepen dialogue with China rather than seek to contain the rising power, as he laid out a vision for greater engagement with a vibrant Asia-Pacific region. Calling himself "America's first Pacific President," Hawaii-born Obama signalled his commitment to the region, but gave...
  • PM should make Kashmir policy clear: Jaitley October 26, 2009

    New Delhi: Two days ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the Kashmir Valley, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday asked him to clarify his policy on Kashmir as it was a "question of sovereignty". "The Prime Minister appears too vague about his Kashmir plans. He should make it...
  • BSF find fifth rocket shell in village on Pak border September 14, 2009

    Amritsar: Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on Sunday found another rocket shell in the fields near a village in Amritsar district of Punjab, raising the number of rockets fired from Pakistan into India in the last 40 hours to five, officials said. "During our search operation, our officials have found another...