Rezaul H Laskar

Rezaul H Laskar is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Hindustan Times. His interests include movies and music.

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No threat to India-Bangladesh ties from China, Jamaat-e-Islami: Awami League

A delegation of the Awami League of Bangladesh meet Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and said ties between India and Bangladesh will not be affected due to China or Jamaat-e-Islami

Awami League delegation meets BJP leaders in Delhi. (HT Archives)
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 12:44 PM IST

India sees bigger Indo-Pacific role to counter China

People familiar with the matter said the Pacific Island states and Southeast Asian countries are looking to India as a balancing factor amid growing contestation between China and the US in the Indo-Pacific

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Updated on Aug 08, 2023 11:57 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Eye on China, India signals a larger role for itself in Indo-Pacific

New Papua Guinea PM James Marape was present at a reception on board multi-role frigate INS Sahyadri and guided-missile destroyer INS Kolkata on Aug 3

The visit of the warships followed a trip to Port Moresby in May by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a summit of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (HT File Photo/Sanjeev Verma)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 08:07 PM IST

Focus on border infra led to improved response to China’s activities: Jaishankar

The annual budget for the Border Roads Organisation has been ramped up from ₹3,782 crore in 2013-14 to ₹14,387 crore in 2023-24, external affairs minister, S Jaishankar said

External affairs minister S Jaishankar interacts with the media regarding the issue of border infrastructure in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 07, 2023 07:13 PM IST

‘Only way forward..’: India bats for peace at Ukraine conference hosted by Saudi

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval said India will remain an active and willing partner to find a lasting and comprehensive solution, and nothing will give India more satisfaction than such an outcome

NSA Ajit Doval addressed the conference on Ukraine hosted by Saudi Arabia in Jeddah. (File Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 08:56 PM IST

Delegation of Bangladesh’s Awami League to visit India at BJP’s invitation

The five-member delegation, led by Awami League presidium member and agriculture minister Abdur Razzaque, includes party joint secretary general and information and broadcasting minister Hasan Mahmud, party organising secretary Sujit Roy Nandi and two women MPs

The Bangladesh delegation’s visit comes ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s planned trip to New Delhi to attend the G20 Summit in September and the general election due in the neighbouring country by January 2024. (File)
Updated on Aug 05, 2023 08:55 PM IST

New India-Sri Lankan economic partnership can help address sensitivities: Envoy

The economic partnership, unveiled during Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India last month, includes power grid interconnection, construction of a petroleum pipeline, and a feasibility study for land connectivity

Sri Lanka s High Commissioner to India Milinda Moragoda (Twitter/@ICWA_NewDelhi)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 07:22 PM IST

India to attend Ukraine talks hosted by Saudi Arabia

Brazil, China, the United States, Ukraine and several European countries have been invited to the meeting

Brazil, China, the United States, Ukraine and several European countries have been invited to the meeting to be held in the coastal city of Jeddah during August 5-6. Russia hasn’t been invited to the talks (File photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 11:57 PM IST
By, New Delhi

On Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif’s new offer for talks, India’s 3-line response

Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday said the two countries cannot be “normal neighbours” unless serious issues are addressed through meaningful discussions

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif made the latest offer of talks while addressing a business summit in Islamabad on Tuesday. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 09:54 PM IST
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PM Modi confirms he will travel to South Africa for Brics Summit. What it means

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi reiterated India’s position that Brics should be expanded through “full consultation and consensus” among members of the bloc.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 04, 2023 04:39 AM IST

India and Latin American countries should double trade to $100 bn by 2027: EAM

India’s top leaders have made 34 visits to the Latin America and the Caribbean region in the past nine years, including four by PM Modi

External affairs minister S Jaishankar. (MEA)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 02:52 PM IST

India plans to stitch up FTA during its G20 presidency

The two sides discussed core issues, such as trade in goods and services, rules of origin, IPR and sustainable development

The 18th round of negotiations was path-breaking as it marked the resumption of formal talks after the previous round held in 2017 (ANI)
Updated on Aug 03, 2023 12:33 AM IST
ByRajeev Jayaswal, , New Delhi

US sanctions 20 Maldivians linked to Islamic State and al-Qaeda

At least two of the individuals designated by the US treasury department were accused of recruiting or radicalising Maldivian youth to travel to Pakistan

Several of the individuals designated on Monday had planned or carried out attacks that targeted journalists and local authorities (Representative image)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 07:48 PM IST

‘Our neighbour has to understand’: Shehbaz Sharif renews his message to India

Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif said the two countries cannot be normal neighbours unless serious issues are addressed through meaningful discussions

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s government is set to be dissolved later this month to pave the way for holding a general election in Pakistan (via REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 06:49 PM IST

Russian team to assess G20 meet preparations, set to visit Delhi this week

Russia is among G20 states sending an advance team to New Delhi this week to assess preparations for the summit

Moscow is yet to take a call on President Vladimir Putin’s participation in the meeting (AP)
Updated on Aug 01, 2023 04:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘India, Japan are natural partners’: Jaishankar at event with Yoshimasa Hayashi

India was the first stop on Hayashi’s three-nation tour, which will also take him to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

External affairs minister SJaishankar and Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi discussed ways to step up Japanese investments in India and deepen defence cooperation. (Twitter/DrSJaishankar)
Updated on Jul 29, 2023 04:30 AM IST

G7 won’t change position on Ukraine, up to India to forge consensus: Japan

The Ukraine crisis was among issues discussed by external affairs minister S Jaishankar and his Japanese counterpart Yoshimasa Hayashi at the bilateral foreign ministers’ strategic dialogue

Ukrainian servicemen fire a Ukrainian self-propelled howitzer 2C22 Bohdana toward Russian positions, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 08:48 PM IST

Japanese foreign minister seeks improvement of investment environment in India

In a post on its website, JCCII said it has made several proposals to the Indian government to enhance the business environment

External affairs minister S Jaishankar and Japanese foreign minister Yoshimasa Hayashi ahead of the 15th India-Japan Strategic Dialogue on Thursday (S Jaishankar Twitter/ANI)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 08:10 PM IST

China issues stapled visas for India’s Wushu athletes from Arunachal Pradesh

Stapled visas are meant to indicate that China doesn’t recognise India’s sovereignty over Arunachal Pradesh.

Three women players – Nyeman Wangsu, Onilu Tega and Mepung Lamgu – are from Arunachal Pradesh, which is claimed by China even as India strongly rejects this position. (AP file)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 06:41 AM IST
ByAvishek Roy,

PM Modi, Prez Xi spoke of need to stabilise bilateral ties at Nov 2022 dinner

The conversation between PM Modi and President Xi could not be characterised as a “consensus”.

PM Modi and President Xi spoke briefly at a formal dinner for G20 leaders in Bali in November (PTI File)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 10:39 PM IST

New UN report highlights al-Qaeda affiliate AQIS threat to Jammu and Kashmir

The UN report also said the relationship between the al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban, which captured power in Kabul in August 2021, “remains close and symbiotic”

The UN report said al-Qaeda members have infiltrated law enforcement agencies and public administration bodies and ensure security of the group’s cells across Afghanistan (Reuters File)
Updated on Jul 27, 2023 04:54 PM IST

Bolster Neighbourhood First policy, help Lanka, Afghanistan: Parliamentary panel

The panel recommended the completion of pending development projects in Afghanistan and more financial support to help Sri Lanka tide over an economic crisis

The report said efforts should be made to establish a common platform to counter terror under the Neighbourhood First policy. (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 26, 2023 08:07 PM IST

G20 Summit: Disagreements on text related to Ukraine war hold up consensus outcome

China has stuck to the position that the G20 is not the right forum to address security issues while opposing the inclusion of any “geopolitical content” in outcome documents

Ukrainian servicemen fire a howitzer towards Russian troops at a position near the frontline town of Bakhmut, amid Russia’s attack, in Donetsk region, Ukraine. (REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 10:10 PM IST

LAC situation has ‘eroded strategic trust’, NSA Doval tells Chinese counterpart Wang

The two sides agreed that the India-China relationship is “significant not only for the two countries but also for the region and world”

The Indian side has insisted that ties cannot be normalised until peace and tranquillity is restored in Ladakh sector of the LAC. (PTI photo)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 04:52 PM IST

HT interview: France plans to train Indian personnel on EPR tech, says French minister

France plans to train Indian personnel on EPR technology for the Jaitapur nuclear power project, which will have a significant "Make in India" component. France also supports India's ambitions for carbon neutrality and phasing out fossil fuels and aims to strengthen multilateral commitment on these issues. France and India are cooperating on renewable energy, including solar power, and are working together on modular reactors. France supports India's Aatmanirbhar Bharat program and believes energy is crucial for strategic autonomy. France and India are also working together to spur international action on climate change.

French energy transition minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher has said. (Twitter)
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 12:13 AM IST

PM Modi, Ranil boost ties, unveil a new economic partnership

India and Sri Lanka have announced a new economic partnership that includes maritime, air, energy, and financial connectivity.

Sri Lanka’s President Ranil Wickremesinghe shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 22, 2023 04:49 AM IST
By, New Delhi

India, Sri Lanka unveil economic partnership for connectivity, UPI payments

India and Sri Lanka have announced a new economic partnership that includes cooperation in maritime, air, energy, and financial connectivity. The partnership will also see the use of India's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) system in Sri Lanka. Additionally, the two countries will work on a power grid interconnection, construction of a petroleum pipeline, and a feasibility study for land connectivity. India has also called on Sri Lanka to fulfil the aspirations of the Tamil minority and work towards reconciliation and power-sharing. The economic partnership reflects India's long-term commitment to Sri Lanka and will accelerate cooperation in various sectors.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi (Twitter/@narendramodi)
Updated on Jul 21, 2023 09:09 PM IST

Rumours abound as China’s foreign minister goes missing

China’s foreign ministry made a brief comment about Qin Gang being away from work because of unspecified health reasons but those remarks were later excised from official transcripts

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Beijing, on on May 23. (AP)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 10:23 PM IST

Democracies shouldn’t take advantage of sanctions on Russian oil: German vice chancellor

German vice chancellor Robert Habeck said making money out of the cap on Russian oil and using the system to benefit from it was not the idea behind it

Germany’s vice chancellor and economics minister Robert Habeck said democracies shouldn’t take advantage of Western sanctions on Russian oil (AFP)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 08:33 PM IST

Asked about Putin’s participation at G20 Summit, India’s non-committal response

Russia has conveyed to South Africa, the current president of Brics, that President Vladimir Putin will not attend the Brics Summit in August

Speculation has increased about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s participation following his decision to not attend Brics Summit in Johannesburg during August 22-24. (AFP File)
Updated on Jul 20, 2023 07:58 PM IST
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