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The Ministry of External Affairs of India is the government agency responsible for maintaining the of foreign relations of India. It is headed by the Minister of External Affairs, a cabinet minister. The administrative head is the Foreign Secretary of India, an Indian Foreign Service officer. The Ministry represents the Government of India through embassies and is also responsible for India's representation at the United Nations and other international organizations. It also advises other Ministries and State Governments on foreign governments and institutions.

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Issue of normalising foreign travel of Indian citizens being taken up with countries: MEA

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Foreign Secretary Shringla arrives in London for talks

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Jaishankar dials FM Pandor as violence in South Africa escalates

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India closely monitoring security situation in Afghanistan, says MEA after evacuation of staff from Kandahar

After India evacuated staff posted in its consulate in Kandahar in view of the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the Ministry of External Affairs on Sunday said safety and security of..
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Actively pursuing enhancement of vaccine availability through imports: Govt

The government on Thursday said it is "actively pursuing" the enhancement of Covid vaccine availability through imports and reiterated that its current focus is on purposing domestic production towards..
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'Baseless propaganda': MEA on Pakistan's claims of India orchestrating Lahore blast

"Pakistan ​​should focus on setting its house in order and take credible action against terrorism," MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said on Pakistan's claim that India is behind blast in Lahore. A..
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Concerned about Afghanistan violence; Taliban meet talks false: India

India categorically denied any meeting between foreign minister S Jaishankar and Taliban representatives in Doha. Describing tweets and reports to the effect as “false and mischievous” MEA..
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It is for Afghan people to judge each of their partners: MEA

India on Thursday said its vision for Afghanistan is driven by an approach of pro-development and pro-democracy and that it is for the Afghan people to judge each of their partners on the basis of past..
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G7 leaders appreciated India's engagement, PM Modi's interventions: MEA

During the 47th Group of Seven (G7) meeting in the United Kingdom, several world leaders appreciated India's G7 engagement and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interventions, said the Ministry of..
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Covid-19: Govt extends help to Indian students studying abroad now stuck in country

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday asked the Indian students studying abroad to contact their OIA-II Division if they are currently stuck in India due to Covid-19 restrictions or have..
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India receives oxygen production plant, 20 ventilators from Italy to aid in fight against COVID-19

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi lauded Italy for its medical help and support to India in the fight against COVID-19.
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Italy to compensate Rs 10 crore in Kerala fishermen death case: Supreme Court

Supreme Court on Friday asked the government of Italy to deposit Rs 10 crore with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as compensation for the death of two Kerala fishermen at the hands of Italian..
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PM Modi to hold virtual summit with his Dutch counterpart on Friday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual summit with his counterpart from the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, on Friday with a focus on finding new ways to further strengthen bilateral ties, the..
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Wife seeks mortal remains of Hindu man buried as per Muslim rites in Saudi, HC asks Centre about steps being taken

The deceased's wife, who has been running from pillar to post to get the mortal remains, has approached the high court seeking direction to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to take steps to..
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Hindu mistaken for Muslim buried in Saudi Arabia; HC hearing widow's plea directs MEA official to appear with status report


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Greta Thunberg's comments on farmers' protests not bilateral issue between India, Sweden: MEA

Young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's recent comments on the farmers' protests in India do not form a bilateral issue between India and Sweden, and the matter did not come up during an online..
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De-escalation of forces in eastern Ladakh alone can lead to peace: MEA

The ministry of external affairs on Thursday said that the de-escalation of forces in eastern Ladakh alone can lead to restoration of peace and tranquillity. Asserting that to further bilateral ties..
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Visit by envoys was to enable them to see J&K's march on path of development: MEA

The comments by MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava came at the end of the two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir by the envoys.Prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, two groups of envoys had..
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'No propaganda can deter India's unity': Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Rihanna's tweet supporting farmers' protest

The home minister retweeted a statement made by the Ministry of External Affairs earlier in the day that took a stance against "vested interests".
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Indian budget to provide financial support worth Rs 6450 cr to 10 countries in the region

Around half of the Ministry of External Affairs' budget goes in providing financial assistance to other countries in the form of grants and loans.
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India slams Pakistan for failing to implement ICJ judgement in Kulbhushan Jadhav case

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India dispatches Covishield vaccines to Bahrain, Sri Lanka

India's Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday had announced vaccine rollout for several countries from January 20.
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India, China to hold 9th round of talks to resolve border dispute

Indian and Chinese militaries will hold a ninth round of talks aimed at resolving the border disputes in Eastern Ladakh after a deadlock prevailed since the last negotiations in November 2020, sources..
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India to send SII's COVID-19 vaccine 'Covishield' to Myanmar, Seychelles, Mauritius

The Ministry of External Affairs had announced a vaccine rollout for Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles from Wednesday.
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External affairs minister S Jaishankar reaches Sri Lanka for 3-day official visit

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday reached Colombo for a three-day visit during which he will hold discussions with Sri Lanka's top leadership on the entire gamut of bilateral relations...
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India calls for urgent, practical assistance to 39 stranded Indian sailors on 2 ships in Chinese waters

India on Friday called for "urgent, practical and time-bound" assistance to 39 stranded Indian sailors on board two ships in Chinese waters considering the "grave" humanitarian situation developing in..
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New Year's gift: India sends BCG vaccines to Maldives

The vaccines were procured by India's Ministry of Health and Ministry of External Affairs and coordinated with Maldives High Commission in Delhi.
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India, UK hold bilateral discussions on UNSC agenda

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India expresses strong concern to Pakistan High Commission official over Nagrota encounter

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday summoned Pakistan High Commission's official over the Nagrota encounter, where four terrorists were neutralised. According to sources, India conveyed..
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PM Modi to co-chair virtual India-ASEAN summit on Thursday

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the summit will review the status of ASEAN-India strategic partnership and take stock of progress made in key areas such as connectivity, maritime..
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Want to strengthen ties, India tells envoys of Latin American countries

MEA hosted a lunch for Latin American envoys during which the focus was on New Delhi's outreach to the region and ties that can be further strengthened. The lunch saw the participation of envoys of..
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India's vaccine production, delivery capacity to help all humanity in fighting Covid-19: MEA

India's vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, and it will also help countries in enhancing their cold chain and storage..
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Over 2 million Indians returned from abroad under 'Vande Bharat' mission: MEA

Over two million Indians have returned from abroad after the government launched the 'Vande Bharat' evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs..
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Pakistan resorted to 3,800 ceasefire violations along LoC this year: MEA

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Foreign NGOs must adhere to Indian laws with respect to funding: MEA on Amnesty International

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Rs 517 crore spent on PM Modi's foreign visits to 58 countries since 2015

Since 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 58 countries and Rs 517.82 crores have been spent on them in total, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
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India, China Corps Commander talks went on for 13 hours; Indian participants to brief top leadership now

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Army commanders of India, China hold 6th round of talks on border standoff

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Last hostage from group of 7 Indians kidnapped in Afghanistan has returned to India: MEA

The seven Indians were kidnapped by Taliban terrorists in the restive northern Baghlan province. Two of those Indians had returned to India last month. The last remaining Indian national (out of the..
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India reiterates calls to China for complete disengagement at LAC

Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "The Chinese side should sincerely work with the Indian side for complete disengagement at the earliest from all friction areas..
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Government taking all steps to ensure safety of Kulbhushan Jadhav: MEA

India is in touch with Pakistan through diplomatic channels and government is taking all steps to ensure the safety of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.
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Suspended J&K DSP Davinder Singh was tasked by Pak to establish contact in MEA: NIA chargesheet

Suspended Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Davinder Singh was given a task by his Pakistani handler to establish a contact in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to carry out..
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