Prashant Jha is the Washington DC-based US correspondent of Hindustan Times. He is also the editor of HT Premium. Jha has earlier served as editor-views and national political editor/bureau chief of the paper. He is the author of How the BJP Wins: Inside India's Greatest Election Machine and Battles of the New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal.
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A crisis is here and it is best to recognise it and deal with it
Leaders from various countries of the global south and the UN praised India for its partnership with the UN system and its support for development projects. They see India as a voice for their aspirations and as providing help and assistance. India has filled a void in the international system where low-income and developing countries have felt ignored. The leaders called for reform of global institutions and highlighted the need to address issues like sustainable development, climate financing, and food and fuel crises. India was hailed as a trusted partner and champion of the vulnerable.
Jaishankar said that India’s challenge and success at G20 Summit was steering the global conversation back to global growth and development issues
The external affairs minister is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.
India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) have called for reformed multilateralism and are planning to add more substance to their trilateral grouping. The three countries, which recently found success at the G20 summit, have agreed to meet again for a stand-alone IBSA meeting in Brazil in early 2024. They are committed to principles such as reformed multilateralism, participatory democracy, and respect for human rights. They also expressed frustration with the slow progress of UN Security Council reform and called for concrete outcomes within a fixed time frame. Additionally, they emphasized the need to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and address debt vulnerabilities.
India, Brazil, and South Africa (IBSA) have called for reformed multilateralism and are investing new energy in their trilateral grouping. The three countries aim to enhance trilateral cooperation, provide a new framework for South-South Cooperation, and work towards multilateral reform. They also emphasized counter-terrorism cooperation, the implementation of sustainable development goals, and the resolution of debt vulnerabilities. Additionally, starting from December 1, 2023, the three IBSA countries will comprise the G20 troika and aim to integrate a developmental perspective in the G20 agenda.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that the US is consulting with Canada on its allegation linking the Indian government to a killing on Canadian soil. Blinken called for India to cooperate with the investigation and for accountability to be established. He also expressed the US's concern about "alleged transnational repression" and took a broader swipe at China for its pattern of such behavior. These comments come as India intensifies its crackdown on the secessionist Khalistani network, which is at the center of the row.
When the UK’s minister of state for South Asia Tariq Ahmad stepped into the Kennedy Room in the same hotel to meet Jaishankar, he began by congratulating India for G20
Brazil’s foreign minister Mauro Vieira said IBSA was a “very important grouping” where the three countries share a common goal of global institutional reform and discuss a range of social and political issues, drive cooperation on the global stage, serve as a steering committee for G20, and deliver development benefits elsewhere
Blinken said the US was “extremely vigilant” about any instances of “alleged transnational repression”, and took it “very, very seriously”as a broader issue.
The Quad is committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive & resilient, the foreign ministers of the group’s four countries have reaffirmed.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar met his counterparts from two close partner countries, Japan and Australia, where the leaders discussed bilateral and global issues and the minister put forth India’s perspective on Canada’s recent allegations, people familiar with the development said.
In a discussion on Ukraine at the UN Security Council, Sanjay Verma, secretary (West) in the ministry of external affairs, reiterated the Indian line that dialogues were “the only answer”
Sullivan said that India is not Russia and is different from China, in response to a question on why the United States is giving a “free pass” on Beijing and Delhi on Russian aggression
Sullivan said the US fully supports the investigation and it would like to see perpetrators brought to justice
I2U2 grouping members, namely India , Israel, the US, the UAE, launched a uniquely structured I2U2 business coalition on Thursday to boost public-private partnership among each other
L69 is a grouping that includes countries from Africa, Latin America, Caribbean, Pacific Island states and Asia.
The G7 foreign ministers met in New York on the sidelines of the high-level UN General Assembly week late on Monday night.
The Biden-Netanyahu meeting came at a difficult time in the bilateral US-Israel relationship.
In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, US President Joe Biden made a strong pitch for reformed multilateralism, calling for the inclusion of both more permanent and non-permanent members in the Security Council (SC) and reaffirming the American commitment to the reform of multilateral development banks (MDBs).
As India gets ready to embrace a new temple for democracy, Modi deserves accolades for recognising the need for a new Parliament
Political prejudices should not come in the way of appreciating India’s success on world stage. It diminishes the credibility of critics, not of the government
PM Narendra Modi and Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva have agreed to have “regular bilateral coordination meetings on Security Council Reform
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken defended the omission of a reference to Russian aggression against Ukraine in the G20 Leaders' Declaration.
The summit's declaration will have implications for bilateral ties, India's global influence, and efforts to revive multilateralism.
Modi handed over the ceremonial gavel to Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, whose country will take over the presidency on December 1.
The Delhi Declaration of G20 acknowledges the defining moment in history and addresses political, economic, and environmental challenges
India achieved a consensus on the historic Delhi Declaration of the G20 by leveraging diplomacy, goodwill, personal relationships, and straightforward messaging
The declaration emphasised the importance of refraining from the threat or use of force for territorial acquisition
Charting a middle way between the western bloc and Russia on the contentious issue of the war in Ukraine, an issue that had led to a lack of consensus in all G20 meetings in the past 10 months, the declaration firmly positioned India as a reconciler of global contradictions Modi pulls off a massive victory for India’s presidency as members come together to adopt the Delhi Declaration in the true spirit of one earth, one family, one future