Rezaul H Laskar

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

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New Delhi, Iran review Chabahar port progress

Bagheri Kani is Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, and foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian had tweeted on Monday that he is engaged in “substantiated and dynamic talks for the removal of sanctions with seriousness”.
Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra spoke on phone with Ali Bagheri Kani, deputy minister for political affairs in Iran’s foreign ministry, and discussed various elements of bilateral relations, including progress on Chabahar port. (ANI)
Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra spoke on phone with Ali Bagheri Kani, deputy minister for political affairs in Iran’s foreign ministry, and discussed various elements of bilateral relations, including progress on Chabahar port. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 02:49 AM IST
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Jaishankar to visit Indonesia this week for G20 meeting

Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba will participate in the ministerial meeting virtually as a special invitee.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar during a discussion on the book ‘Modi@20: Dreams meet delivery’ at Delhi University in New Delhi, on Tuesday. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar during a discussion on the book ‘Modi@20: Dreams meet delivery’ at Delhi University in New Delhi, on Tuesday. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 06, 2022 03:26 AM IST
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India, Iran discuss Chabahar port, situation in Afghanistan

The engagements have been held against the backdrop of calls for easing of US sanctions on Iran and Venezuela following global shortage of oil supplies because of the war in Ukraine
The two sides also discussed international and regional issues including Afghanistan. (File picture)
The two sides also discussed international and regional issues including Afghanistan. (File picture)
Published on Jul 05, 2022 05:38 PM IST
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India, Australia discuss cooperation in rare earth minerals

Besides holding talks with Australia’s Minister for Resources Madeleine King, Joshi visited several key facilities such as a lithium processing unit developed by a joint venture formed by China’s Tianqi Lithium Corporation and IGO Limited at Kwinana near Perth.
India, Australia discuss cooperation in rare earth minerals
India, Australia discuss cooperation in rare earth minerals
Updated on Jul 05, 2022 05:22 AM IST
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Modi, Putin talk global energy, food markets, ways to boost bilateral trade

The telephone conversation came three days after Modi attended the outreach sessions of the G7 Summit in Germany, where leaders of the seven of the world’s largest economies discussed ways to increase pressure on Russia through sanctions to end the war in Ukraine.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed the implementation of decisions made during Putin’s visit to India last December for the annual bilateral summit. (AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed the implementation of decisions made during Putin’s visit to India last December for the annual bilateral summit. (AP)
Updated on Jul 02, 2022 01:04 AM IST
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Singapore’s top home ministry adviser Raja Kumar is new president of FATF

T Raja Kumar, who began his two-year term as FATF president on Friday, was senior advisor on international policy in Singapore’s home ministry
FATF said T Raja Kumar, who starts as FATF President today, will focus on enhancing effectiveness of global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures. (Twitter/FATFNews)
FATF said T Raja Kumar, who starts as FATF President today, will focus on enhancing effectiveness of global anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing measures. (Twitter/FATFNews)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 09:42 PM IST
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At UN meet, India red flags erosion of rights of women, girls in Afghanistan

United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has asked the Taliban to respect the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan and set a firm date to reopen schools for girls
Zar Ghadam, an Afghan girl, poses for a photograph in Kalizei village in the Gayan district of Paktika province of Afghanistan (REUTERS File Photo)
Zar Ghadam, an Afghan girl, poses for a photograph in Kalizei village in the Gayan district of Paktika province of Afghanistan (REUTERS File Photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2022 09:19 PM IST
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PM Modi, Putin discuss global food and energy markets, ways to encourage trade

Prime Minister Modi and Russian President Putin reviewed the implementation of decisions made during the latter’s visit to India last December for the annual bilateral summit
This was the fourth phone conversation between the two leaders this year. (File picture)
This was the fourth phone conversation between the two leaders this year. (File picture)
Published on Jul 01, 2022 05:04 PM IST
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India cautious on Brics expansion

The Indian side is understood to be wary of the inclusion of new members who could gravitate towards a power centre and make the bloc more China-centric.
There was no immediate response from Indian officials on reports that Argentina and Iran have applied for membership of Brics. (HT File photo)
There was no immediate response from Indian officials on reports that Argentina and Iran have applied for membership of Brics. (HT File photo)
Updated on Jun 30, 2022 04:27 AM IST
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26/11 plotter Sajid Mir was on FATF radar for action

The list of 30 terrorist leaders includes nine designated by the United Nations Security Council, such as Saeed, LeT’s head of operations Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, and others designated under domestic laws of India and the US, such as Mir and Azhar’s brother Abdul Rauf Azhar, people familiar with the matter said.
Western countries strongly backed India’s call at the FATF for the investigation and prosecution of 30 key terrorist leaders, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Sajid Mir, who allegedly directed terrorists involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (HT File)
Western countries strongly backed India’s call at the FATF for the investigation and prosecution of 30 key terrorist leaders, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Sajid Mir, who allegedly directed terrorists involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. (HT File)
Updated on Jun 29, 2022 08:04 AM IST
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ByNeeraj Chauhan and Rezaul H Laskar

G7 summit: PM pushes for wider energy access

Addressing a special session with the theme “Investing in a better future: Climate, energy, health” at the summit in the German resort of Schloss Elmau, Modi said access to energy shouldn’t the privilege of only the rich at a time when energy costs are increasing because of geopolitical tensions.
PM Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on Monday. (Reuters)
PM Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau on Monday. (Reuters)
Updated on Jun 28, 2022 03:30 AM IST
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Sri Lanka sends SOS message to India for fuel, suspends retail sale for 2 weeks

Sri Lanka’s high commissioner Milinda Moragoda discussed with Hardeep Singh Puri the “possibility of securing petrol and diesel supplies that are required by Sri Lanka at present on an urgent basis”
Sri Lanka’s high commissioner Milinda Moragoda briefed Indian petroleum minister Hardeep Singh Puri about Lanka’s “acute challenges” with regard to supply of petroleum products (Twitter/SLinIndia)
Sri Lanka’s high commissioner Milinda Moragoda briefed Indian petroleum minister Hardeep Singh Puri about Lanka’s “acute challenges” with regard to supply of petroleum products (Twitter/SLinIndia)
Published on Jun 27, 2022 10:24 PM IST
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Mumbai attacks planner Sajid Mir convicted week before FATF meet

Top Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Sajid Mir was sentenced by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore in the first week of June to 15-and-a-half years in jail after being convicted in a terror financing case
Sajid Mir’s arrest happened so quietly that no one came to know about such an important court verdict in such a high-profile case. (File/Reuters)
Sajid Mir’s arrest happened so quietly that no one came to know about such an important court verdict in such a high-profile case. (File/Reuters)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 12:52 PM IST
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Brics summit: Modi hints at China’s role in blocking Makki terror tag

Modi raised the matter at the virtual summit of the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa (Brics) grouping on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the external affairs ministry on Friday night.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressing at the14th ‘BRICS Summit, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually addressing at the14th ‘BRICS Summit, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 03:06 AM IST
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Declared dead, 26/11 plotter held in Pakistan

The new information on Mir emerged only after key Western countries mounted considerable pressure on Islamabad to present proof of his death.
Sajid Mir, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba operative involved in directing the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was arrested and given an eight-year prison term this year. (PTI File)
Sajid Mir, a top Lashkar-e-Taiba operative involved in directing the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was arrested and given an eight-year prison term this year. (PTI File)
Updated on Jun 25, 2022 12:41 AM IST
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ByNeeraj Chauhan and Rezaul H Laskar, New Delhi

LeT’s 26/11 attacks mastermind, once claimed to be dead, arrested, says Pak

Pakistan’s inability to produce evidence to back up its claim that Sajid Mir, the chief planner of Mumbai attacks and one of FBI’s most wanted terrorists, had died had become a sticking point in FATF’s assessment to take Pakistan off the grey list
The reported action against Sajid Mir comes after years of dillydallying by Pakistan, which feigned ignorance of his existence despite a French court convicting the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s top operative in absentia. (Reuters)
The reported action against Sajid Mir comes after years of dillydallying by Pakistan, which feigned ignorance of his existence despite a French court convicting the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s top operative in absentia. (Reuters)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 09:21 PM IST
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ByNeeraj Chauhan and Rezaul H Laskar

India sends aid to Afghanistan, Taliban welcome return of Indian diplomats

The relief materials include essential items such as family ridge tents, sleeping bags, blankets and sleeping mats. The consignment will be handed over to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in Kabul
A heavy lift aircraft of the Indian Air Force was used to ferry the first consignment of relief materials while a chartered flight of Kam Air carried the second consignment of aid for Afghan people affected by the earthquake that struck early on Wednesday. (TWITTER/@MEAIndia.)
A heavy lift aircraft of the Indian Air Force was used to ferry the first consignment of relief materials while a chartered flight of Kam Air carried the second consignment of aid for Afghan people affected by the earthquake that struck early on Wednesday. (TWITTER/@MEAIndia.)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 02:51 PM IST
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India’s assures debt-ridden Sri Lanka of support after aid talks

New Delhi has been keeping a close eye on the continuing economic crisis in Sri Lanka, which has already resulted in a severe shortage of fuel and a sharp increase in food prices
A delegation of senior Government of India officials, led by Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, and consisting of Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor meet Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (2nd left), in Colombo on Thursday. (ANI)
A delegation of senior Government of India officials, led by Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, and consisting of Ajay Seth, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor meet Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (2nd left), in Colombo on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 08:01 AM IST
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By, Rajeev Jayaswal, New Delhi

India re-establishes diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, deploys technical team

India’s technical team reached Kabul on Thursday and was deployed at the embassy to “closely monitor and coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance
Several factors, including security guarantees from the Taliban leadership and a perception that India could not stay out of the picture led to the decision to re-establish diplomatic presence (AP File Photo)
Several factors, including security guarantees from the Taliban leadership and a perception that India could not stay out of the picture led to the decision to re-establish diplomatic presence (AP File Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 02:47 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

China is the largest security anxiety for Australia and India: Richard Marles

Australian deputy PM Richard Marles told reporters in New Delhi that China is seeking to “shape the world around it in a way that we have not seen before”
Australian deputy prime minister and defence minister Richard Marles. (AP Photo)
Australian deputy prime minister and defence minister Richard Marles. (AP Photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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Rajnath Singh likely to visit UK in July, defence cooperation in focus

The defence minister is expected to be in the UK from July 4, people familiar with the matter said. Both countries are yet to officially announce the visit
New Delhi, June 22 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh greets Australia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles, at Vigyan Bhavan, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (Sanjay Sharma)
New Delhi, June 22 (ANI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh greets Australia Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles, at Vigyan Bhavan, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo) (Sanjay Sharma)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 08:16 AM IST
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China’s 2020 assault on Indian forces at LAC a warning for all: Australian dy PM

Australian deputy PM Richard Marles said it was vital that China commits to resolving the LAC dispute with India through a process of dialogue consistent with international law
Australia deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said his country stood up for India’s sovereignty in 2020 and continues to do so now (ANI)
Australia deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles said his country stood up for India’s sovereignty in 2020 and continues to do so now (ANI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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Rajnath Singh to travel to UK in July to revitalise security cooperation

Defence and security cooperation is one of the five pillars of the India-UK comprehensive strategic partnership and the Roadmap 2030
Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s UK visit is a follow-up to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s trip to India in April for a summit with PM Narendra Modi (HT Photo/Arvind Yadav)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s UK visit is a follow-up to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s trip to India in April for a summit with PM Narendra Modi (HT Photo/Arvind Yadav)
Published on Jun 22, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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‘At 7.5%, India to be fastest-growing major economy this year’: PM Modi

The Brics Business Forum meeting was scheduled a day ahead of the virtual Brics Summit on Thursday that is likely to focus on trade, counter-terrorism, health and environment
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed ‘Brics Business Forum 2022’, through a video conference, in New Delhi (PIB via PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed ‘Brics Business Forum 2022’, through a video conference, in New Delhi (PIB via PTI)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 07:36 PM IST
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‘Shared objective’: India, Australia reaffirm defence and strategic cooperation

There has been a significant increase in defence cooperation between India and Australia in recent years, including the signing of the Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement in 2020
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh (right) with Australian deputy prime minister Richard Marles in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PIB Photo)
Union defence minister Rajnath Singh (right) with Australian deputy prime minister Richard Marles in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PIB Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 04:16 PM IST
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PM Modi to attend G7 Summit in Germany on June 26-27; visit UAE on the way back

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last visited Germany in May 2022 with senior members of the Union cabinet for the India-Germany inter-governmental consultations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 02:05 PM IST
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India-led UN panel votes to bring back sanctions on two Taliban leaders

A UN Security Council sanctions committee currently led by India has voted to remove two middle-ranking Taliban leaders from a sanctions exemption list because of the Taliban’s failure to deliver on pledges to protect the rights of women and children
The decision was taken because of the Taliban’s failure to deliver on pledges to protect the rights of women and children. (AP)
The decision was taken because of the Taliban’s failure to deliver on pledges to protect the rights of women and children. (AP)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 05:30 AM IST
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Yoga day event in Maldives disrupted, cops blame ex-Prez Abdulla Yameen’s party

Maldives President Ibu Solih condemned the disruption of the Yoga Day celebration in Male. This is being treated as a matter of serious concern and those responsible will be swiftly brought before the law,” he said
Police officers intervene as protesters disrupt an event celebrating International Day of Yoga organised at a stadium in Male, Maldives (via REUTERS)
Police officers intervene as protesters disrupt an event celebrating International Day of Yoga organised at a stadium in Male, Maldives (via REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 22, 2022 04:09 AM IST
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Australia deputy PM on 4-day India visit starting today; defence co-op on agenda

Richard Marles, who is the first senior member of the Anthony Albanese government to travel to New Delhi, will meet Union defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S Jaishankar during his visit
Australian deputy prime minister and defence minister Richard Marles. (AP Photo)
Australian deputy prime minister and defence minister Richard Marles. (AP Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 02:26 PM IST
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‘No good outcome can arise from an India-China conflict’: Singapore foreign min

  • As the Covid situation improves, India and Singapore will have many opportunities to reboot and pursue wide-ranging projects to support our people and strengthen economies, said Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan.
Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan with BJP national president JP Nadda in New Delhi during his visit to India. (ANI Photo)
Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan with BJP national president JP Nadda in New Delhi during his visit to India. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2022 01:45 PM IST
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