External Affairs

  • We have to deliver quickly: Sushma Swaraj 3 days ago

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Friday said living up to people's expectations is a big challenge for Modi government as those "who give a mandate with so many aspirations don't have much patience" and it has to "deliver quickly". "We have to deliver and...
  • 200 Indians to return from Iraq on Wednesday: MEA July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that plane carrying 200 Indian nationals will arrive in the nation capital from Najaf on Wednesday. The Indian nationals are currently housed in accommodation provided by the Indian embassy. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "Evacuation of Indians from non-conflict zones...
  • 117 Indians to return from Iraq today, 2,200 more wish to come back July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Nearly 2,200 Indians in Iraq's non-conflict areas wish to return home, with 117 of them set to reach the capital after midnight on Sunday, it was announced on Sunday. The external affairs ministry said the government was buying tickets for some 1,600 of the 2,200 while the air fare...
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reaches Bangladesh for 2-day visit June 26, 2014

    Dhaka: Sushma Swaraj arrived in Dhaka on Wednesday night on her first official visit abroad after becoming External Affairs Minister during which she will hold talks with the top leadership on key bilateral issues including Land Boundary Agreement, proposed Teesta river pact and illegal immigration. Swaraj arrived in Dhaka for the...
  • 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 25-27 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 stand-alone visit abroad as the External Affairs Minister. She had earlier this month accompanied...
  • 16 Indians evacuated from Iraq June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Sixteen Indians have been evacuated from Iraq, the government said on Friday. Eight Indians were pulled out of Baiji and eight more from Anbar province in the violence-hit country, the external affairs ministry said. "Of the 120 Indians in affected areas, 16 have left (for India) so far," ministry spokesman...
  • 16 Indians evacuated from violence-hit 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...
  • 40 Indian workers kidnapped in Iraq, not received any ransom calls: MEA June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that 40 Indian workers working with Tariq Noor al Juda construction company have been abducted in Iraq. According to the MEA, most of the abducted Indians are from the northern part of India. However, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that no ransom...
  • 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...
  • MEA issues advisory asking Indians to avoid unnecessary travel to Iraq June 15, 2014

    New Delhi: In wake of the unrest in Iraq, the Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday issued an advisory asking Indian nationals residing there to leave the country by commercial means if it was safe to do so. The Foreign Ministry has also asked Indians to avoid unnecessary travel to Iraq. "Indians...
  • 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 June 14, 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...
  • Youngest cabinet minister 37 years ago, Sushma Swaraj now becomes first woman Foreign Minister May 27, 2014

    Sushma Swaraj on Monday became the first woman External Affairs Minister, in yet another first for the 62-year-old BJP leader. Apart from having the distinction of becoming the youngest cabinet minister in Haryana government at the age of 25, Swaraj has also many other firsts such as being the first woman...
  • Narendra Modi government takes charge, key challenges before the new regime June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Narendra Damodardas Modi is India's 15th Prime Minister. Modi and his ministers took oath at a magnificent ceremony in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday evening. The election campaign is over and there is no scope for rabblerousing speeches. It is time to get down to serious...
  • 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 2014-15, 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 rejects AAP's claim of Uganda writing letter to Kejriwal January 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday rejected the Aam Admi Party's claim that the Ugandan High Commission sent a letter admitting that its nationals were being forced into prostitution. The MEA has clarified that the letter produced by the AAP as proof is six months old and...
  • 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 strip-searched, cavity-searched 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...
  • Togo court to decide on sending jailed Indian sailor home December 9, 2013

    New Delhi: A court in Togo on Monday is expected to take a decision on whether jailed Indian sailor Captain Sunil James will be allowed to visit home for his child's cremation or not. The Ministry of External Affairs officials have said that they are hopeful that James will be...
  • Government gets consular access to Indian sailor in Togo jail December 7, 2013

    Mumbai: In a relief for the family of ship MT Centurion captain Sunil James, who is in jail in Togo and has now lost his 11-month son, the External Affairs Ministry has now said that they have been granted consular access to meet James and two other jailed sailors. The...
  • 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...
  • Pakistan has evidence that 26/11 attack was planned there: India October 26, 2013

    India on Saturday said it was incumbent on Pakistan to present the evidence in 26/11 terror attacks as the planning, training of the terrorists responsible for the strikes and also the financing was done in that country. Reacting to Pakistan Foreign Office statement that it requires more evidence in Mumbai attacks...
  • 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...