Shivshankar Menon

Kerry calls up Menon, regrets Indian envoy's arrest

Kerry calls up Menon, regrets Indian envoy's arrest Washington, Dec 19 - US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday called up Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon to discuss the arrest of India's Deputy Consul General in New York Devyani Khobragade and expressed his "regret as well as concern", saying that "we will not allow this unfortunate public issue to hurt our close and vital relationship with India".

A statement by US State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said that Kerry called up Menon to discuss the Dec 12 arrest of Deputy Consul General Khobragade.

India, US working on liberalized visa regime

Shiv-Shankar-MenonNew Delhi, Sep 20 : India and the US are in discussions over a liberalized visa regime, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon said Friday.

Asked if India and the US favour visa on arrival, Menon merely said that both sides were looking at a liberalized visa regime.

"Negotiations are going on... We are trying to find ways to do it," he said during a talk organised by the Aspen Institute India here.

He said: "We have a different system, they have a different system. We are trying to align it... We will get there." (IANS)

India invites South Korean president for visit

park-geun-hyeSeoul/New Delhi, July 2 : India Tuesday told South Korea there was "enormous goodwill in India" for that country as India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon called on South Korean President Park Guen-hye in Seoul.

Menon, on an official visit to Seoul, handed over a personal letter from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to South Korea's first woman president. Manmohan Singh has invited President Park to India, which she has accepted.

The dates are to be worked out through diplomatic channels, said a statement from the Indian embassy at Seoul.

Sino-Indian maritime rivalry overdone, not inevitable: NSA Menon

Shivshankar-MenonNew Delhi, Mar 5 : Will there be a "churning of seas" when an emerging India and rising China begin to cross footprints of either rivalry or competition?

And what should be done to mitigate that kind of dangers?

This is the topic of a book, titled "Samudra Manthan: Sino-Indian Rivalry in the Indo-Pacific" written by Dr. C. Raja Mohan, the Head of the Strategic Affairs Programme at Observer Research Foundation, and released here by National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on Monday night.

Govt. to work with private organizations to boost cyber defence

Govt. to work with private organizations to boost cyber defenceNational Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has admitted that there is a "critical shortage" of cyber security experts in the government.

Menon suggested that both the government and the private organizations would have to join forces to meet the challenge. He was speaking at the release of a report of recommendations of a Joint Working Group (JWG).

Shivshankar Menon is NSA

Shivshankar Menon is the new national security advisor.

The appointment of the 60-year-old career diplomat, who succeeds M. K. Narayanan — who has been named West Bengal governor — was announced on Thursday.

“I am conscious this is a very great responsibility. I will do my best”, Menon told HT.

Menon is the second former foreign secretary to hold the position after J. N. Dixit.

US envoy designate Roemer meets Foreign Secretary Menon

US envoy designate Roemer meets Foreign Secretary MenonNew Delhi, July 17 : US envoy designate to India, Timothy Roemer, met Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon at the South Block headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Sources described the meeting as a courtesy call by the would be ambassador. The two are said have briefly discussed bilateral issues relating to India and the United States.

Roemer arrived here last night following his confirmation by the full Senate last week.

G-5 mulls alternative currencies for trade

G-5 mulls alternative currencies for tradeL'' Aquila (Italy), July 9 : Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon on Wednesday said the Group of Five major developing economies meeting in Italy deliberated over the use of alternative currencies to settle trade among themselves.

Foreign Secretary Menon to visit Nepal

Foreign Secretary Menon to visit NepalNew Delhi June 20 : Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon is visiting to Nepal for a two-day visit from today.

Strengthening relations between India and Nepal will be the top on the agenda of this visit.

Indian Foreign Secretary will be meeting President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Parmananda Jha, the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala Home Minister Bhim Bahadur Rawal, and his Nepalese conterpart Gyanachanda Acharya.

Foreign Secretary Menon to visit Nepal

Shift in global balance of economic power underway, says MenonNew Delhi June 19: Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon is visiting to Nepal for a two-day visit from today.

Strengthening relations between India and Nepal will be the top on the agenda of this visit.

Indian Foreign Secretary will be meeting President Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Parmananda Jha, the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Sujata Koirala Home Minister Bhim Bahadur Rawal, and his Nepalese conterpart Gyanachanda Acharya.

Shift in global balance of economic power underway, says Menon

Shift in global balance of economic power underway, says MenonNew Delhi, May 13: Guessing that the world is today on the cusp of a new type of multipolarity, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon today said that an unavoidable shift in the balance of economic power is underway and BRIC, the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India and China, can hope to be a factor of growth and stability in the world economy for decades to come.

Indian officials arrive in Sri Lanka

Indian officials arrive in Sri LankaColombo, Apr 24 : National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon arrived here today to review the situation in the island nation.

Narayanan and Menon are expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and convey India''s concerns to the Sri Lankan Government.

The decision was announced by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee after a special meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday night.

The hour-long meeting was also attended by Mukherjee, Narayanan, Menon and Defence Minister A. K. Antony.

Indian officials to leave for Sri Lanka today

Indian officials to leave for Sri Lanka todayNew Delhi, Apr 24 : Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and National Security Adviser M. K. Narayanan will leave for Colombo today to review the situation in the island nation.

Narayanan and Menon are expected to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa and will convey India''s concerns to the Sri Lankan Government.

The decision was announced by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee after a special meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday night.

India says wants to solve boundary dispute with China

India says wants to solve boundary dispute with ChinaNew Delhi, Mar 20 : Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon has said India and China are attempting to find a solution to the vexed boundary dispute

"While we attempt to resolve our differences such as those on the boundary, we will not allow those differences to prevent engagement in other fields. Neither side has attempted to change the status quo on the border while we seek a boundary settlement," Menon said at a book release function here last evening.

Menon, Hillary discuss Mumbai terror attacks

Menon, Hillary discuss Mumbai terror attacksWashington, Mar 10 : Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Tuesday. Menon, who is on a four-day visit to the U. S, met Clinton at the State Department and discussed with her key bilateral and regional issues including the situation in Sri Lanka, progress on the Mumbai terror attacks and the next steps to be taken for the implementation of Indo-US nuclear deal.

Earlier, Menon met Under Secretary for Political Affairs William Burns and Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.

Menon to discuss Mumbai terror attacks with US officials today

Menon to discuss Mumbai terror attacks with US officials todayWashington, Mar 9 : Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will discuss the progress made in the Mumbai terror attacks with the US officials here today.

Menon will meet the US Under Secretary of State William Burns and US President Barack Obama''s Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard C. Holbrooke.

Issues like terrorism, the civil nuclear deal and the issues to be taken up at the upcoming G-20 meeting will be discussed during these meetings.

Menon to discuss Mumbai terror attacks with US officials

Menon to discuss Mumbai terror attacks with US officialsWashington, Mar 8: Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will discuss the progress made in the Mumbai terror attacks with the US officials in Washington on Monday.

Menon, who is in America, will meet the US Under Secretary of State William Burns and US President Barack Obama''s Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard C. Holbrooke.

Issues like terrorism, the civil nuclear deal and the issues to be taken up at the upcoming G-20 meeting will be discussed during these meetings.

Menon, Prachanda discuss Indo-Nepal agreement

Shiv Shanker MenonKathmandu, Feb 17 : Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon today met Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda and discussed the progress made on agreements signed during Prachanda's last visit to India.

Kantipur quoted Foreign Affairs Advisor Hira Bahadur Thapa as saying that Prachanda also inquired about the Noumure Hydropower project to be constructed by India.

In response, Menon said the construction of the dam is underway.

Talk directly with India: Menon tells Pakistan

Talk directly with India: Menon tells PakistanOnboard special aircraft, Feb. 10 : Reacting strongly to reported leaks by the Pakistan establishment on its reply to the Mumbai terror dossier, India has asked Pakistan to talk directly and not through other channels.

India charges Pakistan spy agency behind Mumbai attacks

Shivshankar MenonNew Delhi - Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon has said Pakistan's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence was linked to the perpetrators of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, an official statement said Thursday.

"The perpetrators planned, trained and launched their attacks from Pakistan, and the organizers were and remain clients and creations of the ISI," Menon said in a speech in Paris as reported in New Delhi.

This is the first time the Indian government has directly named the Pakistani agency over the Mumbai carnage in which 173 people including 26 foreign nationals were killed.




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