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Cross-border terrorism from Pakistan is at the root of the current situation in Kashmir and it has also victimised the people of the part of the state occupied by Pakistan, India said on September 16 while dismissing Islamabad's attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting in Geneva.

 

India has accused Pakistan of subverting a UN forum on peace and children to further its territorial ambitions against India while using terrorists as tools of its state policy.

 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a "healthy" and "fruitful" bilateral meeting in Xiamen on September 5 and agreed to avoid another Doklam-like border row when their armies had a dragging face-off over a Himalayan plateau in Bhutan.

 

For the first time, Pakistan-based terror groups like the LeT and the JeM were named in the final summit declaration of the BRICS countriesin Xiamen, China  that also asserted that those responsible for committing, organising or supporting terror acts must be held accountable.

 

India's new Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she is keeping an "open mind" on women in combat roles -- a matter that Army Chief Bipin Rawat said is being looked into. Few nations have women in combat roles, an issue that's seen as a fallout of gender divide.

 

United States President Donald Trump has nominated Kenneth Juster, an architect of closer India-US relations who helped lay the foundations of the India-US nuclear cooperation agreement, to be the ambassador to New Delhi.

 

With the Doklam standoff resolved, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to China next week to attend the BRICS Summit in Xiamen and also visit Myanmar on the way back.

 

China and India have agreed to end a lengthy standoff at the Sikkim border that began in June, both countries announced August 28.

 

Following United States President Donald Trump's stern warning to Pakistan against harbouring terrorists, the top official overseeing South Asia diplomacy is visiting Islamabad this week.

 

US President Donald Trump has said he sees a “critical” role for India in his country's South Asia strategy for fighting terrorism and building up a safe Afghanistan.

 


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