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India rejects 'untenable comments' by Sharif on J&K

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz SharifNew York - India Saturday strongly rejected the "untenable comments" made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Jammu and Kashmir in the UNGA, asserting that the people of the state have peacefully chosen their destiny in accordance with universally accepted democratic principles.

Exercising its Right of Reply on the floor of the General Assembly to the comments made by Sharif, India said that the Pakistan Prime Minister made "unwarranted references" in his address to the UN session earlier on Friday.


Modi meets NYC mayor, discusses city policing, urban space

Prime Minister Narendra ModiNew York - With an eye on his pet project of rejuvenation of urban spaces, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had a meeting with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio during which the issues related to large cities, especially common threats of terror, policing, public housing and crowd management in the events like "Kumbh mela" were discussed.

The meeting, which was Prime Minister's first official engagement after arriving here, was also aimed at understanding how the New York police metamorphosed after the 9/11 terror attacks in which over 3,000 people were killed and landmark twin towers of World Trade Center were destroyed.


IBSA to intensify cooperation to achieve UNSC reform

IBSA to intensify cooperation to achieve UNSC reformNew York - The IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) group said it will intensify cooperation to achieve a "decisive" conclusion of the reform of the UN Security Council by next year, including expansion in its permanent and non-permanent categories to better reflect present day realities and to make it more representative.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, her Brazilian counterpart Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado and South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane met here on September 25 on the sidelines of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.


Lawsuit against Modi will not have any impact on Indo-US talks

Lawsuit against Modi will not have any impact on Indo-US talksNew York - The lawsuit filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a human rights group here would have no impact on "his very important visit" to Washington to meet US President Barack Obama, the White House said Friday.

"I don't anticipate that it (lawsuit) is going to have any impact on his very important visit here to the US and to the White House," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.


'Har Har Modi' greets Prime Minister Modi in US

'Har Har Modi' greets Prime Minister Modi in USNew York - As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Friday on a five-day US visit, he was greeted with 'Har Har Modi' slogan, heard first during Lok Sabha poll campaign e, by a large group of Indians who had gathered outside his hotel.

The Indians were also carrying placards with messages such as 'We love Modi' 'America loves Modi' 'Indian American loves Modi'.

They were also shouting slogans in support of Prime Minister Modi and were also chanting 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', besides the most largely-shouted 'Har Har Modi' chants.


PM Modi comes out to greet Indians outside hotel in US

PM Modi comes out to greet Indians outside hotel in USNew York - In a rare gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi came out of his huge convoy to greet a large number of Indians who had gathered outside his hotel to welcome him on his arrival to the US and were chanting his name.

As a large convoy of vehicles came to the hotel he would be staying here till September 29 before moving to Washington, Modi came out and greeted people who had gathered their in a special enclosure made by local administration.

Modi greeted everyone with a namaste and also waved at the people, while walking across them outside the barricade of the enclosure and then walked inside the hotel. (PTI)


India, U.S. have fundamental stake in each other's success: PM Modi

India, U.S. have fundamental stake in each other's success: PM ModiNew York, Sept 26 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will arrive in the United States on a five-day visit on Friday, has said India and U. S. have a fundamental stake in each other's success.


Sharif, Ban discuss Pak political crisis, ties with India

Sharif, Ban discuss Pak political crisis, ties with IndiaNew York - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have discussed the current political crisis and security situation in Pakistan and the need for improved bilateral relations with India.

The UN chief met Sharif yesterday and talked about the political and prevailing security situation in Pakistan.

"The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister also discussed the need for improved relations between Pakistan and India," according to Ban's spokesperson.

The secretary-general also expressed hope that Pakistan and Afghanistan would continue to improve their bilateral ties.


US calls for dialogue to resolve Pakistan political crisis

US calls for dialogue to resolve Pakistan political crisisNew York - Even as the anti-government protests in Islamabad appear to be drawing far less people now, the US Friday said that it is opposed to extra- constitutional changes to the democratic system in Pakistan.

"With regard to the protests that have been ongoing in Pakistan, although appear to they certainly appear to be drawing far fewer people at this point. So we'll have to see what continues to happen with them in the coming days and weeks," US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Daniel Feldman said in New York.


Pakistan says PM Nawaz Sharif to raise Kashmir in UN speech

Pakistan says PM Nawaz Sharif to raise Kashmir in UN speechNew York - Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would raise the Kashmir issue in his address to the UN General Assembly Friday, the government said while ruling out resumption of any dialogue with India unless the initiative in this regard is taken by New Delhi.

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Ajaz Ahmad Chaudhry told reporters here there is "no reason" for Sharif not to raise the issue of Kashmir during his address to the annual session of United Nations General Assembly this afternoon.

Chaudhry, who is accompanying Sharif, said that Pakistan believes that a plebiscite is still a solution to Kashmir.


Can think about resuming FS talks if PM Modi takes initiative, says Sartaj Aziz

Sartaj AzizNew York (USA), Sept. 26 - Rejecting the view that Pakistan has repeatedly violated the cease-fire arrangement on the Line of Control (Loc) and the International Border (IB), and adding that meeting with Kashmiri leaders is normal practice, Pakistan's National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said here that foreign secretary-level talks between Pakistan and India can resume if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes the initiative.


G-4 foreign ministers again underscore their continuous commitment for UNSC reform

Sushma SwarajNew York, Sept. 26 - Group of Four (G-4) Ministers met here on Thursday and once again underscored their continuous commitment to a Security Council reform reflective of the geopolitical realities of the 21st century.


US is India's natural global partner: PM Narendra Modi

US is India's natural global partner: PM Narendra ModiNew York - Describing America as India's "natural global partner", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the complementary strengths of the two democracies can be used for inclusive and broad-based development to transform lives across the globe.

"The US is our natural global partner. India and the US embody the enduring and universal relevance of their shared values," Modi wrote in an op-ed in the The Wall Street Journal.

He said the thriving Indian-American community in the US is a metaphor for the potential of India-US partnership, and for the possibilities of an environment that nurtures enterprise and rewards hard work.


India-China border standoff resolved: Sushma Swaraj

India-China border standoff resolved: Sushma SwarajNew York - India and China have resolved the standoff at the Ladakh border, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.

The withdrawal of troops will begin on Friday and be completed by September 30, Swaraj said, describing the resolution of the issue as a "big accomplishment”.

"I am happy to tell you that both nations have sat down and resolved the (border standoff) issue. Timelines have been decided," Swaraj told Indian reporters in New York after her meeting with the IBSA Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly session.

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Pakistan `spoiled the talks` with India by talking to Hurriyat leaders: Sushma Swaraj

Pakistan `spoiled the talks` with India by talking to Hurriyat leaders: Sushma SwarajNew York - After Pakistan's National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said the talks between New Delhi and Islamabad can happen only if the former takes the initiative, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said it was the Islamic state which "spoiled the game” by talking to Hurriyat leaders.

"New (Narendra Modi) government has given a new signal. So they (Pakistan) spoiled the talks, they spoiled the game," Swaraj told Indian reporters here after her meeting with the IBSA Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly session.


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