Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who is on a three-day official trip to India, has claimed that Pakistan has always denounced terrorism as it is also a victim of terrorism.
Mr. Malik, who arrived in New Delhi on Friday, explained that more than 40,000 innocent Pakistanis have so far lost their lives because of terrorism.
However, he stated that the statement of Ajmal Kasab who was recently hanged in Mumbai, India for his role in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, was not enough to prove that Pakistan had a hand in the attacks.
India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, who is on a three day visit to neighboring Pakistan, has said that India wants a stable and prosperous Pakistan.
After arriving in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad on Friday, he said that he brings “message of goodwill from India for the people of Pakistan”. He affirmed that solutions for all issues can be found through peaceful dialogue.
US-based, Westinghouse Electric is planning to build a new 1,000 MW nuclear reactor in India under the framework of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal signed in 2008.
Westinghouse has entered into a deal with India’s the Nuclear Power Company of India Limited (NPCIL) for the Early Works Agreement (EWA) for the establishment of the nuclear reactor. The MoU was announced at a time when the third Indo-US Strategic Dialogue headed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna is being held in the US.
India’s External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna has said that the country will be able to regain investor confidence and return the economy on a path of high growth rate.
He was delivering the keynote address at 37th US-India Business Council (USIBC) Leadership Summit on Tuesday, when he said that everything was not in the power of the national governments as everything was interrelated in the global economy. The summit was titled, 'Securing the 21st Century Partnership'.
New York, Sep. 24 : External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be meeting in New York on Monday, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai informed reporters on Saturday.
The two leaders last met in July this year in New Delhi for the second Indo-US strategic dialogue.
Monday''s meeting assumes importance as it is taking place under the shadow of increased violence in Afghanistan following the brutal killing of former Afghan President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who was also heading his country''s peace and reconciliation council.
New Delhi, Sep 9 : Ahead of the SAARC summit in the Maldives in November, India has pushed for "progressive economic integration" of South Asia and underlined the need for expanding intra-regional trade and investment.
To step-up two-way investment, India and Oman are going to collaborate in using a joint investment fund of 100 million dollars.
Indian External Affairs Minister, SM Krishna, after discussions with the visiting Oman Foreign Minister Yousuf Bin Alawi bin Abdullah, on regional and bilateral issues said that for the benefit of the people, they aim to channelize further investments in both economies through the joint investment fund.
The United States’ consensual association with India could be undesirably affected by the increase in the visa fees. The Parliament has been notified of the same by S M Krishna, the Minister of External Affairs of India as he penned a letter to the Rajya Sabha stating that the Indian Information Technology sector would be severely affected by the US government’s legislation and that the Indian government has conveyed its unease over the matter.
It was also mentioned that tough the legislation is not a few particular countries alone yet, it would grossly damage the software firms in India for a major chunk of the H1B and L visas are sought by the Indians.
Indian Passport seekers need not to wait for long time for getting their passports as the Ministry of External Affairs has expedited its efforts to introduce Passport Seva Kendras very soon in the country.
Foreign Affairs Minister S M Krishna, after visiting two such centers in Bangalore at Marathahalli and Lalbagh Road, expressed, "The idea was to make it applicant friendly and avoid unintentional delays.
However, security will not be compromised." These centers are yet to start receiving applications from people and currently they are processing applications collected from the District Passport offices.
New Delhi, Feb 1 : India's Gulf diplomacy is set to move into top gear this month as External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna heads to Kuwait Wednesday and New Delhi hosts a two-day Indo-Arab investment conclave next week.
Krishna will pay a two-day visit to oil-rich Kuwait Wednesday, official sources said here.
The visit will focus on widening the energy partnership and attracting Kuwaiti investments in infrastructural projects ranging from petrochemicals to power.
The two sides will also discuss security cooperation to combat terrorism.
Union External Affairs Minister SM Krishna spoke to Jayanth Jacob on relations with Pakistan and China.
What concrete step does India wants Pakistan to take so that a meaningful dialogue, stalled after 26/11, can begin?
All India wants and expects from Pakistan is this: Based on the six dossiers we handed over to them on the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan must go for a full-steam, serious and focused investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice. That will suffice. The rest can be left for the judicial process.
There are some civil society initiatives between the two sides?
Foreign Minister S M Krishna has expressed his reservation over the Maoist protest against India by Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda, the Chairman of the Unified Communist Party and former PM of Nepal. Both leaders held a meeting on Saturday discussing various controversial issues.
Krishna asked for the need to expedite peace process and drafting new constitution within a given timeframe with consensus of all political parties of the country. The Indian Foreign Minister, who is on a three-day visit to Nepal, denied the charges of Indian encroached Nepal’s territory as claimed by Prachanda in his ongoing protest in Nepal.
New Delhi, Jan 11: Two days after another Indian was attacked down under, this time set ablaze alive by unidentified attackers in Melbourne, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna Monday spoke to his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith and asked him to fast-track the probe into such incidents.
"I spoke to the foreign minister of Australia. I have drawn his attention to the increasing assaults, some of them fatal, on Indian students," Krishna told reporters here.
New Delhi, Jan 9 : Visiting Deputy Prime Minister of Malta, Tonio Borg met External Affairs Minister SM Krishna here on Friday.
The two leaders are expected to have discussed issues of mutual and bilateral concern.
Borg also held a meeting with India''s Junior Foreign Minister Parineet Kaur.
Earlier Borg inaugurated the Maltese High Commission in New Delhi. The step is considered as important for the development of bilateral ties between the two countries.
The visit of Borg follows a tour made by a trade delegation last month. (ANI)
New Delhi, Jan. 7 : Union Minister for External Affairs S. M. Krishna on Thursday said that India does not view China or China’s development as a threat.
“We recognize that cooperation and competition can overlap, as it is not possible to have a perfect congruence of interests between two nations as vast and diverse as India and China. Such competition or lack of cooperation must not be misunderstood as antagonism,” Krishna said.
New Delhi, Jan 7 : Downplaying reports of Beijing's growing influence in Kathmandu, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna Thursday said Nepal should take into account India's security concerns while pursuing relations with other countries.
Krishna's remarks come amid a plan by the opposition Maoist party in Nepal to start anti-India protests ahead of his visit to Kathmandu Jan 15.
"Nepal should take into account our security concerns while they carry relations with other countries," Krishna told reporters here when asked about reports of China's growing clout in Nepal.
New Delhi, Jan 7 : Downplaying occasional Chinese incursions into Indian territory, External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna Thursday said that China was "not a threat to India," but added that cooperation and competition can sometime "overlap" between the the two countries.
"Let me reiterate that the government of India does not view China or China's development as a threat," Krishna said at the launch of two books on China here.
Kathmandu, Jan 5 : Ahead of Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna's visit to Nepal from Jan 15, the opposition Maoist party will start anti-India protests that will climax in torching bilateral pacts with India, the chief of the former guerrillas said.
Maoist supremo and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda Tuesday told the media his party would start protest rallies in the disputed Nepali territories that Nepal says have been encroached upon by Indians.
Bangalore, Jan 4 : External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna Monday said the Australian government was "duty bound" to punish the killers of Indian student Nitin Garg.
The Australian government "is duty bound and morally bound to investigate and bring the culprit to book", he told reporters here.
"That is the least the Australian government can do and that is what we expect," Krishna said, after meeting Governor H. R. Bhardwaj to greet him on the New Year.
India’s External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will undertake a three-day visit to Nepal starting January 15. But the pending extradition treaty between the neighbours is unlikely to get signed during the trip.
Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Sujata Koirala has stated that the treaty, which has been in the pipeline since 2005, will not get signed during Krishna’s visit to the Himalayan nation.