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India’s top diplomats held a four-day brainstorming session in New Delhi this month to strategise and decide how India should engage with major global powers and countries in the immediate neighbourhood, writes Nilova Roy Chaudhury

 

India on Thursday (May 18) scored a major legal, diplomatic and moral victory over Pakistan when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) directed Islamabad not to execute alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav pending its final decision and inform it of the steps being taken to implement the order.

 

Almost six months after their "remarkable and unprecedented" telephonic conversation, US President Donald Trump and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have a face-to-face meeting in Saudi Arabia later this week, Pakistani media said.

 

India finally announced its decision to boycott China's mega.One Belt One Road (OBOR) summit, saying that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is a crucial part of the trans-continental connectivity initiative by Beijing, is a violation of its "sovereignty and territorial integrity.

 

In an implicit rebuff to India, Nepal has decided to be part of China initiated Belt and Road Initiative and is going to sign the framework agreement on it this week, as China’s clout significantly grows in South Asia.

 

The Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government in Nepal received a fresh blow after an ally of the ruling party, Rasritya Prajatantra Party (RPP), decided to withdraw support from the government on Monday, May 1.

 

The European Union and India should work closely to bring peace, stability and development in Afghanistan, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades has said.

 

Thirteen year old Bhuma (name changed) spends his day at home. He does not go to school, or play with children in his neighborhood to avoid being laughed at.

 

 

India made its 15th appeal to Pakistan for consular access to alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, but Islamabad has not responded.

 

 

US National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed issues related to terrorism and Afghanistan while reiterating the importance of his country's strategic relationship with India.

 


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