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Sujatha sacked, Jaishankar new Indian foreign secy

Sujatha sacked, Jaishankar new Indian foreign secy

In a major shakeup in the India's foreign ministry last night, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh was removed from her post six months ahead of her term’s end. An official statement said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the "curtailment" Sujatha Singh’s term as foreign secretary with "immediate effect". India’s ambassador to the United States...

Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

Republicans seek to one-up Obama on foreign affairs

Republicans on Wednesday delivered a swift and bold response to President Obama’s exuberant State of the Union address by taking direct aim at the administration’s foreign policy authority, reports The Washington Post. House Speaker John A Boehner (R-Ohio) invited Israel’s prime minister to address Congress next month on the danger posed by Iran’s nuclear...

US CUBA RELATIONS BREAKTHROUGH

US CUBA RELATIONS BREAKTHROUGH

After more than 50 years, on December 18, the United States and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic ties. A day earlier, after 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an...

US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

US, Bangladesh in ‘best relationship ever’

United States and Bangladesh now have the “best relationship and partnership ever,” said Dan W Mozena, the outgoing US ambassador to Bangladesh today. Mozena made the comment after meeting leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad at 4:30pm at her Gulshan residence. The meeting began at 4:30pm and lasted an hour. The Obama administration of the...

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

Modi heads to Nepal in regional diplomacy push

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal on Sunday to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact that is at the centre of a new effort to improve ties with a neighbour that serves as a buffer with China. Since becoming prime minister in May, Modi has sought to shore up support among smaller countries in the region that have in recent years turned to China for quick implementation of energy and transport projects. His will be the first bilateral visit to Nepal by an Indian prime minister in 17 years, though Indian leaders have routinely attended regional summits in Kathmandu. Negotiators were trying to narrow...

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Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

SAINTS are the exception. Anyone else in the writing business, including those of us at the nether end of the business, can rarely resist the temptations of glory. The danger is obvious: vainglory, that purgatory space where imagination outstrips the boundaries of reality and ego functions on the basis of what we imagine we...

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

India's external affairs ministry yesterday rejected Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s suggestion that India was thinking of allowing Bangladeshi nationals entry without visa if they were aged over 70 or under 10, a Kolkata newspaper reported. Gogoi made the allegation at two media briefings in three days. A loosely worded summary of a key foreign...

Indiscreet diplomacy

DAN Mozena may be unhappy with Bangladesh's position on Crimea. But for him to express his disappointment in public goes somewhat against the norms of diplomatic practice. Disagreements between governments are generally voiced through official, behind the scenes channels. The US envoy ought to have followed that principle. There are areas where he should be properly diplomatic, especially when he decides to comment on Bangladesh's internal politics. He should focus on bilateral Dhaka-Washington ties, in trade, joint endeavours and...

Of politics and diplomacy

THE foreign Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida made a three-day visit to Bangladesh from March 21 to 23, during which he held an official discussion with Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali and paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. While the details of the visit are available in the media, the highlights include discussions on an Economic Partnership Agreement, annual consultation between the two countries at the foreign secretary level, and establishing a peace building centre in...

Diplomacy of cooperation: Way for resolving water sharing issues

DIPLOMACY means the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of states. Usually it refers to international diplomacy; the conduct of international relations through intercession of professional diplomats with regard to peace making, trade, war, economics, culture, water resources sharing, environment, human rights and so on. Water resources sharing between countries situated in the same basin of a particular international river has, of late, occupied a very important place in diplomatic relationship between countries for obvious reasons. In this...

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