“I am as committed to the ministry’s role in nation-building as I was almost 36 years ago when I entered these portals as a young professional. I look forward to functioning under the guidance of the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) and the External Affairs Minister (S. Jaishankar), our political leadership and with the support and cooperation of my colleagues both within the ministry and outside,” the 57-year-old diplomat said. … [Read more...] about Harsh Vardhan Shringla takes charge as new foreign secretary
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His assuming charge of the high-profile post comes at a time when India is facing a plethora of foreign policy challenges including ramping up of diplomatic outreach in the wake of criticism by some countries and global institutions of the new citizenship law. … [Read more...] about Harsh Vardhan Shringla takes charge as new Foreign Secretary
He said that as the foreign secretary, he would work “with India’s many partners in the international system – in enhancing developmental and economic linkages, as well as connectivities, with our neighbours; building synergies with major powers; seeking a shared, undifferentiated and unambiguous approach to terrorism and the threat it poses to free societies; and sustaining the gains of a rules-based multilateral order”. … [Read more...] about ‘Enhancing developmental, economic linkages’: New foreign secretary Harsh Shringla lists priorities
Senior Republicans in the US were quick to hit out at the announcement. Liz Cheney, a congresswoman and daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney, said it was "tragic" that the UK Prime Minister had "chosen the surveillance state over the special relationship". … [Read more...] about UK’s Huawei decision risks upsetting Trump
Iranian media is reporting that a top CIA official who led the hunt for Osama bin Laden and is said to have planned the drone strike that killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani might have been among those killed when a US surveillance plane carrying them crashed in Ghazni, Afghanistan Monday. No evidence was cited in support of these claims. … [Read more...] about CIA man ‘Dark Prince’ behind Soleimani attack killed in crash?