The chief executive of Afghanistan, who is in India on a short trip, also expressed that differences within the international community could impact counter-terrorism efforts.
The foreign secretary said the consensus between India and China to not allow their differences to become disputes underlines the “strategic maturity” with which the two countries “must continue to approach each other”.
Foreign secretary S. Jaishankar demanded that Pakistan “take immediate action against its soldiers and commanders responsible for this heinous act”.
The external affairs ministry has reacted predictably by dismissing Nikki Haley’s claim that the US will “find its place” in talks between India and Pakistan.
In his inauguration speech at the second Raisina Dialogue, the prime minister took a stand on China’s grand connectivity project and urged Pakistan to shun terrorism if it wants good relations with India.
Since the demonetisation of high denomination currency notes, foreign diplomatic missions in Delhi and other Indian cities have faced hurdles due to strict withdrawal limits and a shortage of cash.
It is important to support and maintain the capital that we have as a champion of the developing world, India’s foreign secretary said.
The move comes India has expelled a Pakistan high commission staffer after he was arrested by the Delhi police for being in possession of defence-related documents.
India’s decision to review the most favoured nation status given to Pakistan comes on the heels of its reconsideration of the Indus Water Treaty.
“Blood and water” cannot flow together, Modi said while deferring the next permanent Indus commission meeting.
Jaishankar wrote the letter on September 6 which was hand-delivered by the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad on September 9, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.
“They made an offer, we have responded to the offer. It is up to them to carry it forward”, says India as Pakistan insists its invitation for “dialogue on Kashmir (was) in in view of the gross human rights violations there.”
Modi has been ‘ruminating’ on Balochistan situation, is ‘troubled by human rights violations by Pakistani forces there’, say sources in New Delhi.
The MEA is juggling multiple strategies to improve its manpower, including the possibility of non-resident Indians joining its ranks.
Apart from telling the Nuclear Suppliers Group about its nonproliferation record, India also outlined the additional measures it had taken beyond what the group requires.
“India doesn’t seem to understand that the ‘process’ is where the game is being played and that’s why the minor objectors are more problematic than China in some ways,” says an analyst.
China successfully stared down the US in Seoul while trying to control the nuclear order – once an American playing field where Washington set the rules.
But it is clear that several other members of the NSG helped play spoiler in the Indian quest for membership.
Indian officials believe the NSG plenary will not reach a decision on Indian membership unless the Chinese delegation in Seoul receives fresh instructions from Beijing.
The Wire takes its readers on a world tour of the Indian quest to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had on June 19 said that China was not opposing India’s NSG membership and that it was only talking of criteria and procedure.
Making an effort to not paint Beijing into a corner, Swaraj said, “China has not opposed India’s membership. It has talked of criteria-based approach”.
Though media coverage on Modi’s US visit was dominated by other issues, US concerns on human rights violations in India came up several times.
India has to improve its connectivity with growth markets and link into Asia’s production and supply chains. We cannot be left isolated in our own backwater.
India needs to undertake inter-ministerial consultations for ratifying any international agreement that has economy-wide implications.
The Wire compares US-India joint statements from 2015 and 2016 to assess the progress made in implementing decisions and highlight changes in priorities.
US will continue to work towards facilitating technology sharing with India to a level commensurate with that of its closest allies and partners.
The Dutch chair of the MTCR has written to all member states asking them to approve Indian membership ‘by circulation’.
New Delhi is concerned about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, part of the new ‘Silk Road’, but it need not despair as India is an important part of the existing multi-polar Asia architecture.
The foreign minister assured African envoys that the government was committed to a fast-track trial for the killing and the “harshest possible punishment” for the culprits.
India had blamed the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and its supremo, Masood Azhar of masterminding the attack in January on India’s forward air base at Pathankot.
Fifteen former high commissioners (six from Pakistan and nine from India) participated in a Track-2 dialogue to take stock of the current state of bilateral relations, and to find a clearer path to meaningful talks.
India is not ready to brand this meeting, which will come on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, as a direct replacement for the postponed January encounter between the two diplomats.
India will not push the Maldivian government too far, lest it rolls into China’s lap. But it remains unhappy with Malé’s seemingly arbitrary actions, especially the jailing of opposition figures.
“India is the most important friend of Maldives… Maldives pursues an India-first foreign policy… Maldives’ security is intimately linked to the security of India”, President Abdulla Yameen told reporters in New Delhi.
The Maldivian opposition is unhappy but New Delhi’s desire for rapprochement is driven by China-linked strategic concerns.
“This is an issue to be pursued with the Chinese in the UN context. I wouldn’t want to give the impression that somehow this will overflow into other areas,” said foreign secretary S. Jaishankar.
After having done some legwork on the connectivity front, India needs to take ownership of its ideas and articulate them cogently, making it clear to regional partners that it is not vying for influence against China or other powerful actors.
With Pathankot to Pokhara proving a road too far for the two countries, will Washington at the end of the month be where the bilateral journey will finally begin?
The Foreign Secretary indicated that action against terror by Pakistan will take priority over bilateral talks in the aftermath of the Pathankot strike.