Syed Akbaruddin

  • Bilawal's comment on Kashmir 'far from reality', says Syed Akbaruddin Yesterday

    New Delhi: India on Saturday termed as "far from reality" comment of PPP leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari that his party will get back entire Kashmir from it and asserted the integrity and unity of the country was "non negotiable". "We are in the process of looking forward and looking forward does...
  • Boundary issue will be discussed during Chinese President Xi's visit: India 6 days ago

    New Delhi: As it gears up to host Chinese President Xi Jinping, India on Monday said it that expects that the visit will address the "interests and concerns" of the two countries and that "all substantive" issues having bearing on the ties including the boundary dispute will be discussed. The...
  • PM Modi set to woo Japan on his first bilateral trip August 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake his first major bilateral trip to Japan on Saturday for a five-day visit since he came to power in May. A power packed delegation of economists, bankers and industrialists will accompanying the PM on his trip to Japan. Reliance Industries Chairman -...
  • India, Pakistan face trust deficit August 20, 2014

    New Delhi: It was Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit's first public statement, since the Foreign Secretary level talks were called off. And he made it clear that for his government, it wasn't a question of an "either-Or" when it comes to speaking to Kashmiri separatist leaders, which of course was...
  • News 360: India calls off talks with Pakistan August 18, 2014

    India on Monday called off its Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan, sending a strong message to the country after its envoy held an hour-long meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders in Delhi despite a warning by India against it. ...
  • No confirmation yet if people found in shipping container in UK are Indians: MEA August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Sunday said that there was no confirmation whether people found in the shipping container were Indians. The remarks came in the backdrop of UK media reports suggesting that 35 illegal migrants trespassing into the United Kingdom via waterways in the...
  • Iraq crisis: 39 Indians in Mosul are safe, says MEA July 11, 2014

    Ministry of External Affair spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Friday said, "I can confirm that we have had through interlocutors a contact with Indians in captivity Information we have got and they are unharmed but remain in captivity." ...
  • 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...
  • Firing on in Tikrit but Indian nurses are safe: MEA July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: There has been instances of bombing and firing in the vicinity where 46 Indian nurses have taken refuge from the ISIS militants in Iraq's Tikrit, said Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, however, assured that all the nurses were safe, adding that efforts were on...
  • Iraq crisis: 17 more Indians evacuated from conflict zone, says MEA June 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that 17 more Indian nationals have been evacuated from the conflict zone of Iraq with the help of local authorities and are now in Baghdad. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "The safety of Indians in Iraq remains the matter of...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Have information about location of Indians in Iraq but can't reveal it: MEA June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday confirmed that they have information of the Indians who have been abducted in Iraq. However, they refused to reveal any further details in the matter claiming that it is a highly sensitive issue. "Our embassy in Baghdad is following up with Iraqi...
  • 40 Indians missing in Iraq: Is it time for New Delhi to begin evacuation of its citizens? June 18, 2014

    As the crisis escalates in Iraq, hundreds of families in India are praying for the safety of their loved ones. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday confirmed that 40 Indian workers working with Tariq Noor al Juda construction company in Iraq have been abducted. ...
  • Indians trapped in Iraq without their passports, families cry for help June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: As the crisis escalates in Iraq, hundreds of families in India are praying for the safety of their loved ones. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday confirmed that 40 Indian workers working with Tariq Noor al Juda construction company in Iraq have been abducted. However, MEA...
  • 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...
  • MEA says inbox of PM Modi full, many foreign leaders keen to meet him June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Just over 10 days into the office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a long list of foreign leaders who have expressed a desire to meet him. Addressing the first press conference of the newly elected government, Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin spokesperson said, "The inbox of the...
  • MEA offers plum postings to 'friendly diplomats', E-Gram reveals February 22, 2014

    New Delhi: CNN-IBN has accessed a confidential E-Gram by the Ministry of External Affairs sent in the end of 2013 asking its diplomatic missions abroad to indicate their "stations of choice" amongst a list of posts which were likely to fall vacant in 2014. The E-Gram, sent by then MEA secretary...
  • Sex trade: Police file FIR on Ugandan women's complaint February 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against unknown persons after three Ugandan women living in Khirki Extension approached it for help against traffickers. The Ugandan women filed the complaint reportedly with the AAP government's help. AAP leader and Delhi's Law Minister Somnath Bharti had conducted a raid at...
  • 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...
  • Sri Lanka releases 20 jailed Indian fishermen January 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The External Affairs Ministry today announced that India and Sri Lanka had begun the process of releasing fishermen trapped in Lankan jails. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted to say that 20 fishermen had been released today. "#India-#Srilanka begin process of release of fishermen. 1st batch of 20 released," he...
  • 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...
  • Devyani Khobragade case: MEA slams Bharara's statement December 19, 2013

    The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said the US authorities did not extend any courtesies during the arrest of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade. Taking a dig at the US Attorney prosecuting the case, MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "The statement issued by Preet Bharara that the procedure followed...
  • India will take the matter of Indian diplomat Devyani forcefully with US: MEA December 13, 2013

    New Delhi: A diplomatic row erupted between New Delhi and Washington after the arrest of the Deputy Consul General at the Indian consulate in New York, Devyani Khobragade. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh hit back on Friday by summoning US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell. Devyani Khobragade was arrested reportedly on visa fraud...
  • Sailor in Togo jail: Wife awaits his return for son's last rites December 6, 2013

    Mumbai: It has been six months since the crew of the ship MT Centurion was detained in a Togo prison in West Africa. Adding to the worries of the wife of Captain Sunil James, Aditi James not only has a missing husband now, but the body of their 11-month-old son...
  • Nigerian national death case: Nigeria upset over investigation by Indian authorities November 6, 2013

    Panaji: A week after a Nigerian national was murdered in Goa, allegedly linked to a war between two gangs involved in drug trafficking, Nigerian ambassador Ndubuisi Vitus Amaku said, "We are being given the impression that the murder of this person is not important to you, your only concern is...
  • Kenya mall attack: 59 killed, 30 people still in hostage September 22, 2013

    Nairobi: A day after the Nairobi attack took place, 30 people are still in hostage inside the Nairobi shopping mall where gunmen had killed at least 59 people on Saturday and injured 200 others. The casualties of the mall attack poured into hospitals hour on hour. The Kenyan Police are...