New Delhi: Observing that India has over the years practiced the most frugal diplomacy, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon on Monday said although a small band of professional diplomats was expected to deliver all and more, which it did successfully in the past, given the country’s expanding interests abroad, it was no longer possible to improvise and extemporise with little wherewithal the professionals had. “We expect a small of band of professional diplomats with minimum means to deliver all and more, which much larger, better-equipped and well-funded foreign services do. Judged by the international standards, we have delivered,” he said while delivering the third lecture commemorating the birth centenary of former senior diplomat and journalist Gopalaswami Parthasarathi, known as GP to all.
New Delhi: It is indeed a privilege to be here at the inaugural session of the 2nd India Africa Strategic Dialogue organized by the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA). It was under the second India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-II) that IDSA was entrusted to organize academic interchange of views through a series of Strategic Dialogues, the first edition of which was successfully organized in November 2011. Over the years, IDSA has emerged as a premier institution dedicated to objective research and policy studies on all aspects of defence and security. It has done commendable work to promote national and international security through the research and dissemination of knowledge on defence and security-related issues. Living as we do in an inter-connected world where security of everyone is interdependent, the topic of this year’s Dialogue - Common Security Challenges for the Next Decade: Perspectives from India and Africa - is most pertinent and relevant.
New Delhi: Ministers of 19 member countries belonging to the India Ocean Region-Association for Regional Co-operation (IOR-ARC) met in Perth on November 1 for their 13th meeting. In a symbolic but significant move, they decided to rename IOR-ARC as Indian Ocean Rim Association or IORA. The renaming is an attempt to strengthen the organisation and forge a wider Indian Ocean identity, which will depend on the political will on the part of member countries to deal with the vital issues confronting the region.
Perth: We the Ministers of the Member States of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) met in Perth, Australia, for the 13th Meeting of the Council of Ministers on 1 November 2013. Our meeting was held in a spirit of collegiality and common endeavour. [The Perth Principles for the peaceful, productive and sustainable use of the Indian Ocean and its resources, was also adopted at the summit].
New Delhi: The Foreign Ministers of the Republic of India, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China met in New Delhi on 10 November 2013 for their 12th Meeting. The meeting was held in an atmosphere marked with cordiality and warmth. (2). The Ministers reiterated the importance attached to the Russia-India-China Trilateral format as a platform to foster closer dialogue and practical cooperation in identified areas among the three countries. They stressed that this cooperation was not directed against any other country. They expressed their resolve to strengthen the trilateral dialogue for consultation and coordination on regional and global issues of mutual interest in the spirit of openness, solidarity, mutual understanding and trust.
New Delhi: The 13th meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) was held on November 1 in Perth, Australia’s Indian Ocean capital. At this meeting, Australia took over as Chair of the Association from India, which has been Chair since 2011. Indonesia became the new Vice-Chair. We agreed on a new name for our Association — the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) — and charted out directions for the further development of our cooperation.
Beijing: At the invitation of H.E. Mr. Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh paid an official visit to China from 22-24 October 2013. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh called on H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and held talks with Premier Mr. Li Keqiang. He also met with H.E. Mr. Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the National People’s Congress.
Moscow: The Prime Minister of the Republic of India, H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh, paid an official visit to the Russian Federation on 20-22 October 2013, at the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Vladimir V. Putin. President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Mr. Vladimir V. Putin and Prime Minister of India, H.E. Dr. Manmohan Singh held talks in Moscow.
New York: The G-15 foreign ministers, meeting on the sidelines of the General Assembly, renewed their commitment for enhanced engagement and cooperation among themselves, as well as with the relevant Geneva-based institutions. Their primary focus was on newly emerging areas of cooperation in step with the evolving post-2015 development agenda. The Group agreed to expand cooperation in four new thematic areas – information communication technology, intellectual property, migration for development and renewable energy.
Brasilia: Co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Minister of External Relations of the Federative Republic of Brazil, and H.E. Mr. Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister of Republic of India, the Sixth Brazil-India Joint Commission Meeting was held in Brasilia on 14 and 15 October, 2013.