Narendra Modi, during the SAARC summit in Nepal in November 2014, had announced launching of a SAARC satellite as a gift for the benefit of members of the regional grouping in various fields, including telecommunication and telemedicine.
The delay in the South Asian satellite also comes at a time when SAARC’s annual summit in Islamabad has been called off following escalation of tension between India and Pakistan.
The states have political necessities that may not concur with the conscience of their people – a disconnect reflected in the constitutive character of the SAARC.
Wickremesinghe indicated that discussions on SAARC’s future featured prominently in his talks with Modi.
Day After Surgical Strikes: Fate of Captured Indian Soldier Uncertain, Sri Lanka Pulls Out of SAARC Summit
India has said that it is making efforts to recover the soldier who apparently “inadvertently” strayed across the border on the same day as the surgical strikes were conducted.
Political reactions to the Indian Army’s ‘surgical strikes’ include concerns about continuing diplomatic and political solutions to ensure lasting peace.
Sources said that Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan are also going to keep off the summit, thus ensuring that blame for the event’s postponement does not fall on India alone.
Bhutanese legislators are worried the BBIN plan may cause environmental trouble for their country and are carefully weighing the pros and cons of the road agreement.
Singh said to ensure that stringent action is taken against terrorists and persons, organisations, institutions and states which support terrorism.
Though he took no names, the home minister’s remarks were directly aimed at Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif
Indian officials have made clear that Modi’s visit to Islamabad for the Saarc summit on Nov 9-10 will take place even if the graph of India-Pakistan relations does not rise in the months ahead.
Several commentators have been left disappointed by Modi’s – and India’s – handling of international relations in the past two years. The record shows otherwise.
India’s women and child development ministry said delegates from the eight South Asian countries adopted a series of measures to boost cooperation to end child exploitation.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart, Sartaj Aziz, announced the date of arrival of the Pakistani members of the joint probe into the Patahnkot terror attack, paving the way for a resumption in the Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue.
India has explicitly linked political stability as a key requirement for development in Nepal, in light of Kathmandu’s limited progress in addressing the remaining demands of the Madheshi movement.
Pakistan is willing to discuss “anything” that India will bring up, including investigating the Pathankot terror attack, said Sartaz Aziz, the foreign affairs advisor to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, ahead of his scheduled meeting with Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.
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 three-decade old organisation is not known for implementing its decisions. Here’s The Wire’s own parsing of the Kathmandu Declaration from the 2014 summit.
Even as Indian officials rule out a meeting of foreign secretaries until a Pakistani investigating team visits the site of the Pathankot terrorist attack, both sides have confirmed their foreign ministers will meet.
Modi’s foreign policy and travels have focused on attracting foreign investments, but the task of translating commitments into reality rests with the MEA, which needs greater resources.
Modi’s decision to “drop by” on Nawaz Sharif is the clearest sign yet that he is serious about embarking on a new course with Pakistan.
Sooner than later, the BJP hopes everyone would come round the fact that the implementation of the LBA will settle the border question between India and Bangladesh