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." ...
  • Centre working towards safe evacuation of Indians from Libya, Tunisia July 30, 2014

    In a step to facilitate safe evacuation of Indians from wartorn Libya and neighbouring Tunisia, the External Affairs Ministry has said that 6 officials have been deployed for the same. A high level meeting has been chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and tickets are being arranged for those...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • LoC killings: We have to approach the issue with care, says Salman Khurshid August 8, 2013

    "Out of every negative event and tragic consequence, if some hope can be kept alive it should be welcome. But we have to proceed with caution," said External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Coal scam report: Khurshid defends Ashwani Kumar April 14, 2013

    CBI sources said the investigative agency will inform the Supreme Court that Law Minister Ashwani Kumar tried to interfere in its status report on the coal scam. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said, "Ministers speak to officials from time to time. We respect both professional as well as legal limits...
  • Will abide by Supreme Court's order on Italian envoy, says MEA March 18, 2013

    The Ministry of External Affairs said it will abide by the Supreme Court's order on the Italian envoy and that a study of India-Italy relationship is underway. Coming down heavily on Italian Ambassador Daniel Mancini while hearing the case of Italian marines, the Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir not...
  • India says Italy's stand on marines not acceptable March 12, 2013

    India-Italy diplomatic row intensified after marines, who were accused of killing Indian fishermen, refused to return and face trial. While Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said it was unacceptable, the BJP cried conspiracy. The Italian ambassador met the Foreign Secretary after he was summoned over the issue. ...
  • Fishermen killings: Italy's decision to not send back marines sparks off diplomatic row March 12, 2013

    The Italian envoy met the Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Matha, hours after the country refused to return the two marines charged with murder of two Kerala fishermen. Earlier at a meeting with a group of MPs from Kerala, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the move "unacceptable". ...
  • It's not just the family's loss but entire nation's loss: Khurshid on Lt Kalia November 30, 2012

    Lt Saurabh Kalia's family wants that the torture of their son be declared a war crime and also want Pakistan to apologise ...
  • Honoured to get External Affairs Ministry: Salman Khurshid October 28, 2012

    Salman Khurshid is the new External Affairs Minister. The fag end of his tenure as the Law Minister was marked with controversies related to his trust, the Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust. He said he hoped to serve the government in his new capacity to the best of his abilities. ...
  • Decision to resign not linked to Lokayukta order: Krishna October 27, 2012

    SM Krishna, who resigned as the External Affairs Minister on Friday, said his decision was not linked to the Lokayukta's order to probe his role in the Mysore expressway scam. "It is in no way connected. That is a roving kind of an investigation. No motive has been attributed, so...
  • Norway NRI children will stay in Delhi: Preneet Kaur April 24, 2012

    Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur on Tuesday confirmed that the Norway NRI children will stay in Delhi for the day. ...
  • People First: The Norway kids' custody battle January 24, 2012

    New Delhi and Oslo seem to have finally agreed on a solution that of handing over the children to their grandparents in India. ...
  • MEA working on Iqbal Mirchi's extradition from UK October 13, 2011

    Ministry of External Affairs has said that it has formally started work on the process of extraditing Iqbal Mirchi from the UK. ...
  • Deadline to free Indian sailors ends today March 9, 2011

    Six Indian sailors were on board MV Suez, when it was hijacked by Somali pirates on Aug 2, 2010. ...
  • UPA II: not all diplomatic at the foreign ministry May 20, 2010

    External Affairs Minister S M Krishna says he has done reasonably well in his one year in the ministry. He says the world respects the Indian viewpoint that Pakistan must do more against terrorists on its territory. But has Indian diplomacy succeeded? A CNNIBN Hindustan Times survey shows the Ministrys...
  • Krishna slams Tharoor for tweets on visa norms December 31, 2009

    Minister of state for external affairs Shashi Tharoor's latest tweet has triggered off a tornado in the corridors of the MEA. He has now been told how the cookie crumbles in the Foreign Ministry by none other than the Foreign Minister. SM Krishna who has not taken kindly to his...
  • Tharoor kicks up debate over Gandhi Jayanti tweet October 3, 2009

    Minister of state for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor has kicked up another debate by suggesting that Gandhi Jayanti be revered by working harder rather than goofing up in the name of a holiday. ...
  • SM Krishna lands in Karachi, but it was no Pak trip September 5, 2009

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna got to do much more globetrotting than he bargained for last night.His flight from Dubai to Delhi was diverted to Karachi because of bad weatherand then was sent back to Dubai. ...
  • Impact: Haj allocation system to be rehauled August 29, 2009

    New Delhi: Two days after CNNIBN aired a report exposing scams in the Haj quota allocation system in favour of private tour operators, the Minister of External Affairs is promising a major overhaul of the system. ...
  • Lookaheads: What's making news today September 13, 2007

    New Delhi: In the news on Thursday, a Union Cabinet meeting will discuss proposed amendments to the antiSati law, Delhi HC will pronounce its verdict in the Red Fort shootout case and enhancement of economic cooperation will be high on External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's agenda, as he visits Thailand...