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Global terror: India points to dangerous consequences of not listing Masood Azhar

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Masood Azhar
Masood Azhar

New Delhi: Coinciding with the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, India has expressed disappointed over a technical hold to block India’s application to designate terror leader Mohamad Masood Azhar in the UN Security Council Committee established under UNSCR 1267/1989/2253.

By taking this stand, India has without  directly mentioning hit out at China for shielding a terrorist being patronised by Pakisran.

In a statement, India has said: “We find it incomprehensible that while the Pakistan based JeM was listed in UN Security Council Committee established under UNSCR 1267/1989/2253 as far back as 2001 for its well known terror activities and links to the Al Qaeda, the designation of the group’s main leader, financier and motivator has been put on a technical hold. The recent terror attack in Pathankot on January 2 has shown that India continues to bear the dangerous consequences of not listing Masood Azhar . Given the global networking of terrorist groups, this has implications for the entire international community.

It needs no emphasis that the UNSCR 1267 regime is an important building block of the UN global counter terrorism strategy that should aim to protect all member states and their citizens from the activities of terror groups such as JeM and its leader Mohamad Masood Azhar. Its working methods, based on the principles of unanimity and anonymity, is leading the Committee to adopt a selective approach to combating terrorism. This does not reflect well on the determination that the international community needs to display to decisively defeat the menace of terrorism.”

PM Modi meets Abe, Trudeau and Cameron during Nuclear Security Summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit 2016, in Washington DC on April 01, 2016.

Washington DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Prime Ministers of Japan, Canada and UK on the sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit here on 1 April.

PM Modi discussed with Japanese PM Abe the Special Strategic and Global Partnership with Japan.

Abe thanked PM Modi for the excellent hospitality during his bilateral visit to India in December 2015 and described his visit to Varanasi as unforgettable.

Abe acknowledged that under Modi’s leadership, the Indian economy was now serving as the engine of global growth. The two leaders reviewed the decisions taken during Abe’s visit and expressed satisfaction at the strong pace of implementation.

The Japanese PM conveyed that a survey Mission will be coming from Japan in May to take forward the Convention Centre project in Varanasi. They also discussed measures to promote further trade and investment.

Modi thanked Abe for Japan’s strong participation in the International Fleet Review. The two leaders also discussed the continuing threat of terrorism and the need for the International community to eschew selective approaches. They also reviewed global and regional issues.

In his meeting with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Modi said new energy and dynamism has been imparted to relations between the two countries, since he (Trudeau) assumed office. He spoke of immense possibilities for further expanding the relationship in the economic sphere. He recalled his meeting with the heads of Canadian pension funds during his visit to Canada last year, and observed that some of these funds are now Investing in India.

The Canadian Prime Minister congratulated Prime Minister Modi for his intervention during the NSS dinner yesterday, and said Canada and India can be leaders in efforts towards non-proliferation.

Prime Minister Modi also spoke of India’s thrust towards renewable energy. He mentioned smart cities, urban infrastructure and skill development as areas where Canada could further deepen its engagement with India. He also mentioned India’s progressive policy in the hydrocarbon sector, and sought Canadian cooperation in the areas of coal gasification and underground mining of coal.

Prime Minister Trudeau accepted Prime Minister Modi’s invitation to visit India.

Modi also met with Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron. Both leaders recalled the Indian PM’s visit to the UK last year. Defence cooperation came up for discussion and Modi mentioned that the UK could be a partner in the Make in India initiative, especially in the defence sector.

Visa issues also came up for discussion.

We’re concerned about any terrorist group in a country getting nuclear materials: John Kerry

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Us Secretary of State John Kerry
Us Secretary of State John Kerry

Washington DC:  Before meeting with EU High Representative Mogherini, US Secretary of State John Kerry said “we’re concerned about ISIS, but we’re concerned about any terrorist group in a country getting nuclear materials, and the summit is about nuclear security and everybody is very clearly focused on that.

At the sudelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, Kerry was responding to the pointed query: Has ISIS overshadowed the summit somewhat?

Kerry underscored his point by stating: “We have a very good story to tell of the number of countries that have given up fissionable material, moved away from high enrichment. We have a very positive, broad-based story that has nothing to do with ISIL except that to the degree we keep it away from a terrorist group, we keep it away from ISIL.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Brussels on March 30

PM will visit USA for the Nuclear Security Summit (31 March – 01 April, 2016) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (April 2-3, 2016)

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PM Narendra ModiNew Delhi: Today’s terrorist attack notwithstanding, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay his first official visit to Brussels on 30 March to attend the 13th India-EU Summit at the invitation of President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

This was announced through an official statement issued on Tuesday by the Ministry of External Affairs.

EU is India’s leading trade and investment partner and biggest export destination. India and EU are also Strategic Partners since 2004. The 13th India-EU Summit aims to deepen the India-EU Strategic Partnership and advance collaboration in priority areas for India’s growth and development.

The Prime Minister will also hold a bilateral Summit meeting with Belgium at the invitation of the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. India and Belgium enjoy close and friendly ties. Belgium is India’s second largest trade partner within the EU. The bilateral meeting between the two Prime Ministers will focus on further enhancing the economic partnership. The two Prime Ministers will also hold discussions on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

  • On March 31 and April 1, the Prime Minister will attend the 4th Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C. The first Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington D.C. (April 2010) followed by the Summits in Seoul (March 2012) and The Hague (March 2014).
  • The Nuclear Security Summit process has been instrumental in focusing leaders’ level attention on the global threat posed by nuclear terrorism and urgent measures required to prevent terrorists and other non-state actors from gaining access to sensitive nuclear materials and technologies. The 2016 Summit is expected to take stock of the progress of the previous NSS Communiqués /Work Plan as also outline a future agenda.
  • The Prime Minister is scheduled to also have bilateral meetings on the sidelines of NSS 2016.

Prime Minister Modi will then pay an official visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 2-3 April, 2016 at the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

This is the highest-level visit from India to Saudi Arabia after the visit of the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Riyadh in 2010.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will hold discussions with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

India and Saudi Arabia share friendly relations based on close people-to-people contacts. The ‘Strategic Partnership’ established through Riyadh declaration in 2010 envisions a deeper engagement in political, economic, security and defence areas. In recent years, there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in such key areas of mutual interest.

Saudi Arabia has become our 4th largest partner with bilateral trade exceeding US$ 39 billion in 2014-15. Saudi Arabia is also India’s largest crude oil supplier accounting for about one-fifth of our total imports.

Indians form the largest expatriate community in Saudi Arabia and their contribution in the progress and development of their host country is well recognized. There are over 2.96 million Indian nationals presently working in Saudi Arabia.