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Raveesh Kumar

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Raveesh Kumar: Ministry of External Affairs
Raveesh Kumar is the present official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in the Government of India. He is the youngest ever official spokesperson. He previously was the Consul General of India in Frankfurt, Germany before being appointed as the spokesperson of the MEA.


Over 2,050 ceasefire violations by Pak this year, 21 Indians killed: MEA

"This year they have resorted to more than 2050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died," said external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pak attempt to bring up Kashmir at UNHRC fails

We are quite confident that the members of UNHRC, they are aware of our position on Article 370 and the steps we have taken in J&K to ensure normalcy, says Raveesh Kumar
DNA - Published

India asks Pak to reconsider $20 service charge on Kartarpur pilgrims

India on Thursday asked Pakistan to "reconsider" its decision to charge $20 as service charge from pilgrims to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara in Pakistan. Pakistan also did not agree to the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Maths issues? Imran Khan claims 58 countries supported Pak, UNHRC only has 47 members

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India responded to "Pakistan's lies and distorted statements" using the right to reply.
DNA - Published

Pakistan's attempt to polarise, politicise Kashmir at UNHRC rejected: India

Two days after India and Pakistan engaged in a war of words at the UNHRC, Raveesh Kumar, addressing a media briefing in New Delhi said Pakistan's attempt to polarise and politicise the Kashmir issue at..
IndiaTimes - Published

India slams Pak, China joint statement mentioning J&K, says internal matter

Rejecting J&K's reference, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "J&K is an integral part of India."
DNA - Published

India criticises Pak for denying use of airspace to President Kovind's flight

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India regretted Pakistan's decision to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight. "We regret the decision of the government of..
IndiaTimes - Published

Vladivostok: Modi, Abe discuss strengthening bilateral ties in economy, defence

Both leaders discussed strengthening bilateral relations in economic, defence and security fields among others, according to MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
DNA - Published

NRC-excluded not 'stateless', to enjoy rights for now: MEA

The government clarified on Sunday that those excluded from the register will continue to enjoy all rights till all legal remedies have been exhausted. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "Those who..
IndiaTimes - Published

Those excluded from NRC list are not 'Stateless': MEA

"Exclusion from the NRC has no implication on the rights of an individual resident in Assam. For those who are not in the final list will not be detained and will continue to enjoy all the rights as..
DNA - Published

India says it was 'aware' of Pakistan's Ghaznavi missile tests

India on Thursday said it was aware of Pakistan's recent ballistic missile tests that were possibly carried out from Sonmiani flight test range located in Balochistan. "We were aware of the missile..
IndiaTimes - Published

No confirmation of airspace closure by Pakistan, says MEA

"What we understand is perhaps there were certain sectors which were temporarily closed, there have been NOTAM (A notice to airmen) which were issued that too for a certain period. There has been no..
IndiaTimes - Published

PM Modi holds bilateral talks with Senegal President Macky Sall

Modi met Sall on the sidelines of the G-7 Summit in this southwestern French city and stressed upon "strengthening ties with an important African Partner." "PM @narendramodi met with President Macky..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pakistan should stop interfering in internal affairs of any country: Raveesh Kumar

While New Delhi has asked Islamabad to "reconsider the decision" to cut diplomatic ties and regretted it, MEA said Pakistan took action "without consulting"
DNA - Published

Time for Pakistan to accept reality and stop interfering in internal affairs of other countries: India

It is time for Pakistan to accept the reality and stop interfering in internal affairs of other countries, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.
DNA - Published

India takes up arms sale to Pakistan with Washington

We've taken up the matter with the US Ambassador here in Delhi as well as the government of US through our Ambassador, says Raveesh Kumar
DNA - Published

India calls US envoy to South Block, conveys 'grave concern' over $125mn military assistance to Pakistan

India has conveyed its "grave concern" to the US over its decision to provide military assistance to Pakistan. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the issue was taken up..
Firstpost - Published

President Ram Nath Kovind embarks on state visit to three West African countries

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar today posted a video clip of the President getting on an Air India jet for this purpose.
DNA - Published

'In touch with Pakistan for full consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav'

India remains in touch with Pakistan for "full" consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan's custody as asked for by the international court, the government said on Thursday. "We expect full..
IndiaTimes - Published

India demands action after Imran's 'glaring admission' on 30-40K terrorists in Pakistan

External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said it was not the first time that Pakistan and its leadership owned up to the presence of terrorists in that country who are sent to India to..
IndiaTimes - Published

India rubbishes Trump's claim that PM Modi requested mediation on Kashmir

In a later night statement, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar in a tweet said, "No such request has been made by PM Narendra Modi to US President. It has been India's..
DNA - Published

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pakistan lying due to its compulsions, says Ministry of External Affairs

Raveesh Kumar dismisses Pak's claims of victory, says 'read correct verdict'
DNA - Published

Pakistan has been enacting similar drama since 2001: India on Hafiz arrest

A day after Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed was arrested by Pakistan, India on Thursday said similar "drama" has taken place at least 8 times since 2001, and the genuineness of the action will..
IndiaTimes - Published

ICJ verdict in Jadhav case complete vindication of India's stand: MEA

India has said the verdict of the ICJ in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case is a complete vindication of its stand and it is incumbent on Pakistan to implement the ruling. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said..
IndiaTimes - Published

India to consider security and economic interests before deciding on letting Huawei take part in 5G trials

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said there are several companies that have shown interest in the trial for 5G services.
DNA - Published

Threat from al-Zawahiri not serious: Raveesh Kumar

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday that the security forces are well-equipped and capable of maintaining territorial integrity.
DNA - Published

India fully committed to Karapur Sahib corridor, wants work to be completed expeditiously: MEA

"We are fully committed to this project and want it to be expeditiously completed," ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. He said the work on two important aspects -- the state..
IndiaTimes - Published

India slams UN rights office report on J&K as continuation of 'false narrative'

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi that the update of the earlier OHCHR report is "merely a continuation of the earlier false and motivated narrative" on the..
IndiaTimes - Published

India, Indonesia set US $50 billion trade target by 2025

According to ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, India and Indonesia set a US $50 billion target for bilateral trade by 2025. During his meeting between Prime Minister Modi and..
IndiaTimes - Published

MEA junks US report, says India is proud of its secular credentials

No foreign entity/government has the locus standi to pronounce on the state of our citizens' constitutionally protected rights, says MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
DNA - Published

FATF: India says Pak must take verifiable, irreversible steps against terrorism

In response to a media query regarding the FATF report, ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the FATF has decided to continue to keep Pakistan on its compliance document (i.e...
IndiaTimes - Published

Vote for Israel not against Palestinian cause: India

This was done so that proper vetting of the NGO could be done before it could be admitted as ECOSOC Observer, says Raveesh Kumar
DNA - Published

India rejects claims of having agreed to hold talks with Pakistan

India on Thursday rejected claims of having responded to Islamabad's call for dialogue and clarified that New Delhi seeks normal and cooperative relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan. "As..
IndiaTimes - Published

India to continue to pursue Zakir Naik's extradition request with Malaysia, judicial system is fair: MEA

Spokesperson of the external affairs ministry Raveesh Kumar said the govt would continue to pursue with Malaysia its request for extradition of Zakir Naik. The statement came two days after the..
IndiaTimes - Published

BIMSTEC countries confirm participation in Modi's swearing-in ceremony

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, and Prime Minister of Nepal K P Sharma Oli have confirmed their participation at..
DNA - Published

Kyrgyz president, Mauritius PM, BIMSTEC leaders invited for Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, says MEA

The invitation to leaders of BIMSTEC member states for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony on 30 May is in line with the government's focus on the 'neighbourhood first' policy, Ministry..
Firstpost - Published

Chinese President Xi congratulates PM Modi on election win

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Modi, President Xi congratulated him on the electoral victory of the NDA under his leadership, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.
DNA - Published

India, China talk vexing Masood Azhar issue

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed that India shared all evidence of terrorist activities of JeM and Azhar with China
DNA - Published

Foreign secretary Gokhale raises issue of Azhar's listing with China

India has shared with China all evidences of terror activities of JeM and its leader Azhar, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a question whether listing of Azhar was raised during..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pakistan yet to respond to India's concern of Khalistani members on panel: MEA

We had shared concerns that controversial elements have been appointed to a committee which is to be associated with the Kartarpur corridor, says Raveesh Kumar
DNA - Published

Rohingya deportation: India slams UN human rights experts' condemnation

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, while responding to a query, also claimed that New Delhi's action is in accordance with Indian laws
DNA - Published

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Maldives for two-day visit

In a special gesture, Swaraj was received at the airport by her Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Shahid and Foreign Secretary Abdul Mohamed, External Affairs Ministry (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar..
IndiaTimes - Published

New Pakistan needs to take new action against terror: Government

Islamabad will be judged solely by the action it takes on the ground and not words, spokesperson of ministry of external affairs, Raveesh Kumar said, accusing Pakistan of playing the "same script". He..
IndiaTimes - Published

India taking all steps for extradition of Nirav Modi: MEA after fugitive spotted in London

"The UK is still considering our request to extradite Nirav Modi ...The government is taking all necessary steps for his extradition," MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.
DNA - Published

India's non-military strike on JeM camp in Pakistan achieved its objective: MEA

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, at a media briefing, said, "Our non-military counter-terrorism strike achieved the desired objective. It has demonstrated our firm resolve to take decisive action..
IndiaTimes - Published

Jammu and Kashmir internal matter, says India in reaction to OIC resolution

"As regards the resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, our stand is consistent and well known. We reaffirm that Jammu & Kashmir is an integral part of India and is a matter strictly internal to India,"..
DNA - Published

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