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Senior IFS officer Vinay Mohan Kwatra takes charge as new foreign secretary
India

Senior IFS officer Vinay Mohan Kwatra takes charge as new foreign secretary

A career diplomat with over 32 years of experience, Kwatra earlier held the position of a Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office for two years

IFS officer Vinay Mohan Kwatra appointed as new foreign secretary
India

IFS officer Vinay Mohan Kwatra appointed as new foreign secretary

A 1988-batch IFS officer, Vinay Mohan Kwatra is currently serving as Ambassador in Kathmandu since January 2020

UK foreign secretary’s India visit to focus on reducing strategic dependency on Russia
India

UK foreign secretary’s India visit to focus on reducing strategic dependency on Russia

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wants to counter Russia's aggression and reduce global strategic dependence on the country and her agenda includes progressing talks to develop defence-related trade with India

Foreign Secretary Shringla, UN chief discuss issues on UNSC's agenda including Ukraine, Afghanistan
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Foreign Secretary Shringla, UN chief discuss issues on UNSC's agenda including Ukraine, Afghanistan

Shringla's visit to the UN came on a day when the UN General Assembly resumed its 11th Emergency Special Session on Ukraine and had before it two draft resolutions on the humanitarian crisis in the Eastern European country in the wake of the Russian invasion

President Ram Nath Kovind begins three-day visit to Bangladesh for 50th Victory Day celebrations
India

President Ram Nath Kovind begins three-day visit to Bangladesh for 50th Victory Day celebrations

The visit, which will conclude on 17 December, will include meets with Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen

Harsh Vardhan Shringla holds ''productive discussion'' on India-Lankan ties with Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa
World

Harsh Vardhan Shringla holds ''productive discussion'' on India-Lankan ties with Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa

The Indian foreign secretary is in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit to review bilateral ties between India and the island nation

Foreign Secretary Shringla begins four-day visit to Sri Lanka with special focus on port deal
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Foreign Secretary Shringla begins four-day visit to Sri Lanka with special focus on port deal

Harsh Vardhan Sringla is expected to reiterate India's views on the Tamil issue and also talk on matters relating to the building of the western container terminal at the Colombo port by an Indian company

British foreign secretary Liz Truss defends AUKUS, says pact shows UK's commitment to stability in Indo-Pacific
World

British foreign secretary Liz Truss defends AUKUS, says pact shows UK's commitment to stability in Indo-Pacific

The comment comes in the wake of France's foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accusing the country of "constant opportunism"

Harsh Vardhan Shringla takes charge as Foreign Secretary, says he will ensure 'undifferentiated and unambiguous' approach to terrorism
India

Harsh Vardhan Shringla takes charge as Foreign Secretary, says he will ensure 'undifferentiated and unambiguous' approach to terrorism

A 1984-batch officer of the IFS who last served as India's envoy to the US, Shringla replaces Vijay Gokhale and has a fixed two-year tenure

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian envoy to US, appointed foreign secretary; 1984-batch IFS officer to succeed Vijay Gokhale
India

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Indian envoy to US, appointed foreign secretary; 1984-batch IFS officer to succeed Vijay Gokhale

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Harsh Vardhan Shringla as the new foreign secretary, a government order said, adding he will assume the new role on 29 January after incumbent Vijay Gokhale completes his tenure.

India doesn’t really want to get into talks with Pakistan; it’s looking beyond, to engage with the region as a whole
India

India doesn’t really want to get into talks with Pakistan; it’s looking beyond, to engage with the region as a whole

S Jaishankar left no space for doubt that regional connectivity will form a big part of the foreign policy of NDA-II

S Jaishankar's appointment as foreign minister reveals Narendra Modi's mindset on trust, acumen and leadership
Politics

S Jaishankar's appointment as foreign minister reveals Narendra Modi's mindset on trust, acumen and leadership

There is a dovetailing of vision between India's new foreign minister S Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra when it comes to shaping India’s destiny as a leading power and projection of that power in a bipolar Asia

India, US tell Pakistan to 'meaningfully address' global concerns on cross-border terrorism
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India, US tell Pakistan to 'meaningfully address' global concerns on cross-border terrorism

India and the United States on Tuesday called for Pakistan to address global concerns regarding terrorism, including that emanating from across the border.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo reaffirms US support to India in anti-terrorism fight in meeting with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale
India

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo reaffirms US support to India in anti-terrorism fight in meeting with Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale

United States Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo met Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Monday and reaffirmed US support to India in its fight against terrorism.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington today
World

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington today

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on Monday, during which the two officials are likely to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of common interest.

IAF struck 'JeM's biggest training camp' at Balakot, says Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on India's operation in Pakistan
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IAF struck 'JeM's biggest training camp' at Balakot, says Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale on India's operation in Pakistan

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the Indian Air Force had 'struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot' in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and 'a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commanders and jihadis were eliminated'.

Defence Planning Committee right step for national security, but expectations should be rooted in reality
India

Defence Planning Committee right step for national security, but expectations should be rooted in reality

Seeing the busy schedule of the members of the Defence Planning Committee, especially the National Security Advisor, it's possible that a critical subject like defence planning and national security strategy, with its numerous nuances, may not get the time and attention it deserves

Vijay Gokhale takes charge as Foreign Secretary: Diplomat had played key role in ending Doka La standoff
India

Vijay Gokhale takes charge as Foreign Secretary: Diplomat had played key role in ending Doka La standoff

Vijay Gokhale, a 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, on Monday took over as India's Foreign Secretary from S Jaishankar.

US envoy Kenneth Juster, foreign secretary S Jaishankar discuss Trump administration's move to cut Pakistan security aid
India

US envoy Kenneth Juster, foreign secretary S Jaishankar discuss Trump administration's move to cut Pakistan security aid

US envoy to India Kenneth Juster met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Friday to discuss how the US move to cut aid to Pakistan would impact India.

Vijay Gokhale to succeed S Jaishankar as foreign secretary: Veteran diplomat's China expertise will be key
India

Vijay Gokhale to succeed S Jaishankar as foreign secretary: Veteran diplomat's China expertise will be key

Veteran diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale has been appointed as the next Foreign Secretary of India. Gokhale will be succeeding S Jaishankar, who will be demitting office on 28 January 2018.