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Apicture, as they say, is worth a thousand words. A day after he spoke to the two Houses of the US Congress, the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi being surrounded by adulatory members of his audience, made to the front page of The New York Times. 

 
 

New Delhi will have to keep at it with the new presidency

 

Saying the relations with India is now “back on track”, Mr Kamal Thapa, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal, today said India can play a major role in consolidating the political change that has happened in his country.

 

U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma's Heritage Foundation speech -- The United States and India: Total Security Partners.

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma at Heritage Foundation, Washington DC on June 9, 2016.  
 

India will become a functional member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) from this year. Along with India, Pakistan will also become a member of the forum. Both countries have been observers of the SCO for several years. 

 
 

Indian PM Narendra Modi, on his fourth visit to US in two years, won over US Congress in a 46-minute address that got 66 rounds of applause and 9 standing ovations. As the 5th Indian PM to have addressed the joint Congress session, it is believed that the growing closeness between India and US is set to witness the turning of a new page in the relations between the world's largest and oldest democracies; one that is bound to rewrite global equations and raise concerns in New Delhi's old foes, Beijing and Islamabad, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 

Indian PM Narendra Modi, on his fourth visit to US in two years, won over US Congress in a 46-minute address that got 66 rounds of applause and 9 standing ovations. As the 5th Indian PM to have addressed the joint Congress session, it is believed that the growing closeness between India and US is set to witness the turning of a new page in the relations between the world's largest and oldest democracies; one that is bound to rewrite global equations and raise concerns in New Delhi's old foes, Beijing and Islamabad, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 

The five-nation visit is an attempt to consolidate partnerships

 

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the President of the United States of America Barack Obama met today in the White House during an official working visit of Prime Minister Modi to the United States.  Marking their third major bilateral summit, the leaders reviewed the deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India that is rooted in shared values of freedom, democracy, universal human rights, tolerance and pluralism, equal opportunities for all citizens, and rule of law. They pledged to pursue new opportunities to bolster economic growth and sustainable development, promote peace and security at home and around the world, strengthen inclusive, democratic governance and respect for universal human rights, and provide global leadership on issues of shared interest.  

 

India’s diplomatic relations with Iran are rooted in economic interests, connectivity route to Afghanistan and Central Asia via Iran and maintaining regional security balance vis-à-vis Pakistan and China. New Delhi’s cooperation with Tehran extends on the premises of energy cooperation and historical ties, both of which are expected to bolster the strategic aims with which India and Iran are coming closer, writes Pema Tseten Lachungpa for South Asia Monitor.

 


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