Sushma Swaraj

MEA comes to aid of Indian sailors in abandoned ships

MEA comes to aid of Indian sailors in abandoned ships

New Delhi [India], Jan. 9 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that India will help out its sailors stuck in merchant ships at Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Abandoned by their employer in leaking ships, at least 41 Indian sailors found support from the External Affairs Minister, who stepped in to help them following a SOS.

Taking to Titter, Swaraj said, "We have contacted the Captains of the two vessels, Ship owners, port authorities and the Government."

"They have essential supplies of for next two weeks. We are helping in the settlement of their dues and release of the crew," she tweeted.

She further said in her tweet that the government has asked the mission to ensure that Indian sailors do not suffer for want of essential supplies.

Sushma Swaraj to address UN General Assembly today

New York (U.S.), Sept. 26 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address the UN General Assembly in New York today, where she is expected to give a stinging response to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's UNGA speech.

Outlining India's focus for the UN General Assembly session, New Delhi's envoy to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said terrorism is the primary concern for India as well as for nations across the world.

He listed reform of the UN Security Council, sustainable development, climate change and peacekeeping as other priorities for India in the current UNGA session.

India's spirit is unity amidst immense diversity, says Swaraj

India's spirit is unity amidst immense diversity, says Swaraj

New Delhi, Feb 11 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that India's spirit is unity amidst the immense diversity and traditions of non-violence and tolerance.

"What is this spirit of India? I believe it is our unity amidst the immense diversity of India, it is our traditions of non-violence and tolerance. It is the age old concepts of Vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the world is a family) and Sarva dharma sambhav (equal respect for all faiths)," said Swaraj.

"It is adherence to these ideas and ideals which has made India the oldest continuous civilization in the world, with a history going back five thousand years. Most of the old civilizations of the world are dead and gone, but India has continued to maintain, developed and enrich its cultural heritage," she added.

Sushma Swaraj meets Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida

Sushma SwarajNew Delhi, Jan 17 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida here today.

The two ministers were expected to deliberate on a range of key issues including firming up of a deal on defence equipment cooperation and production of amphibious long-range aircraft US-2 besides addressing issues relating to long-pending civil nuclear agreement.

Earlier on Friday, Kishida called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed issues of mutual interest. (ANI)

India to focus on diplomacy for development in 2015, says Swaraj

Sushma SwarajNew Delhi, Dec 31 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that 2014 was a year of breakthrough diplomacy for India, and added that New Delhi will in the next year focus on diplomacy for development with a new vision and renewed vigour.

A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) quoted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as saying that the Indian Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a place of special significance to our foreign policy and diplomatic out-reach.

"Revitalizing traditional ties, re-setting strategic relations and reaching out to Indians abroad have been primary to India's diplomatic efforts," the statement said.

Sushma invites South Korean companies to invest in India

Sushma SwarajSeoul, Dec 29 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is currently on a two-day official visit to Seoul, on Monday extended an invitation to South Korean companies to participate in the 'Make in India' initiative and make bold investments in India.

Swaraj extended her invitation during her meeting with South Korea President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House here.

Welcoming Swaraj's invitation, President Park agreed to encourage her nation's industry to engage with India even more closely and reiterated her invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an early official visit of Seoul.

Swaraj meets UNESCO DG Bokova, discusses issues on empowerment

Swaraj meets UNESCO DG BokovaNew Delhi, Nov 24 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Irina Bokova, the Director General of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), here on Monday during which the duo discussed issues related to exclusion and empowerment.

"Women to the fore in diplomacy.Minister @SushmaSwaraj and Irina Bokova DG of @UNESCO discuss 'exclusion and empowerment'," Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted about the meeting.

India committed to Maldives' security & stability: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma SwarajMale : India on Monday reaffirmed its strong commitment towards security, stability and prosperity of Maldives while favouring expansion of ties in areas like trade and investment.

External Affairs Sushma Swaraj held talks with her Maldivian counterpart Dunya Maumoon during which bilateral and regional issues of mutual interests were discussed.

Swaraj made a transit halt here on her return from Mauritius, where she was on a three-day visit.

Both Ministers discussed matters of bilateral importance, including upcoming projects in Maldives executed with India's assistance.

Sushma Swaraj meets Canadian foreign minister in New Delhi

Sushma SwarajNew Delhi, Oct 14 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her Canadian counterpart John Baird here on Tuesday for a discussion on Canada-India relations to strengthen bilateral economic ties between the two countries.

Baird also commemorated the International Day of the Girl Child at a school in New Delhi.

India and Canada were expected to discuss the bilateral issues at the meeting, including matters related to security, defence, counter-terrorism, space and nuclear cooperation.

The two countries had agreed to hold the annual dialogue during Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to India in 2012 and the first dialogue was held in Toronto in 2013.

Sushma Swaraj announces BJP's development plank ahead of Assembly polls

Sushma SwarajKalka (Haryana), Oct 4 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj promised a slew of measures for the development of Haryana, including increasing old age pensions and building sports stadiums, in a rally here on Saturday.

"There has been a rule of arrogance and loot for the past 20 years in Haryana, but we promise that the kind of rule the BJP has envisaged, we will give you a humble rule. We will develop the state and work for the poor. That's why we have kept a big agenda in front of the people of Haryana," said Swaraj, addressing the rally just a day after returning from the United States.

Sushma Swaraj begins US trip with back-to-back meetings with counterparts in New York

Sushma SwarajNew York, Sept. 26 - External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has begun her ten-day trip to the United States with back-to-back meetings here with her counterparts from seven nations, including the UK and the Maldives.

Swaraj met the leaders at the United Nations headquarters.

She met UK Secretary of State Philip Hammond, Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Ahmed Karti, Maldives Foreign Affairs Minister Dunya Maumoon, Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Borge Brende, Kyrgyz Foreign Affairs Minister Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich, Greece Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Aminu Wali.

Modi's visit to Nepal not only historic, but very successful: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, Aug 6 : External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj told the Lok Sabha today that Prime Minister Narendra Modi 's Nepal visit was not only historic, but also successful.

Making a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said: "I rise to inform the august House of Prime Minister's historic and highly successful visit to Nepal on 3-4 August this year. I would like to begin by conveying our sincere gratitude to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for the excellent arrangements and warm hospitality accorded to Prime Minister and the delegation."

Sushma Swaraj visits Pashupatinath temple

Sushma-SwarajKathmandu: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited the famous Pashupatinath temple in the heart of Nepalese capital on Sunday.

Swaraj, who is on a three-day visit to Nepal, was accorded a warm welcome at the temple. About 100 children chanted vedic mantras while senior priest welcomed her with garlands.

She went around the temple and offered her prayers.

Swaraj was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae and other senior officials of her delegation.

Swaraj interacts with Nepal's leaders

sushma-swarajKathmandu, July 26 : Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is reportedly busy holding parleys with leaders of various Nepalese political parties.

After meeting Pashupati Shumsher Rana, the Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) upon her arrival in Kathmandu on Friday, Swaraj started parleys with leaders of other political parties since early morning today, reports the ekantipur web site.

She met the Chairman of Constituent Assembly, Subas Nembang, at Singha Dubar, while UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal called on her at the CA Hall in New Baneshwor.

Sushma Swaraj to arrive in Kathmandu on Friday for joint commission talks

Sushma-SwarajKathmandu, July 25 : Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive here on Friday afternoon on a three-day official visit to Nepal.

She is visiting Nepal on the invitation Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.

Swaraj will head the Indian side in the Nepal-India Joint Commission Meeting on Saturday.

Twenty-seven officers each from Nepal and India would participate in the commission's meeting.

Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal from July 25

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, July 23 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will undertake a three-day official visit to Nepal from July 25 to July 27. She had earlier visited Bangladesh.

"The External Affairs Minister is visiting Nepal from the 25th to the 27th of this month. Just exactly one month ago, the minister visited Bangladesh. On 26th July, when she will have the joint commission meeting with her counterpart from Nepal, she would be on her second solo visit to the neighbourhood. That gives an idea the importance that the Government of India is giving to the neighbourhood," said MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin in a press conference.

Sushma Swaraj seeks info on Indians jailed abroad for action

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has directed all Indian missions in the countries where significant number of nationals were in jail to provide updated information for further action.

This came after the release of 40 Indian nationals, who returned today after being held in prison in Saudi Arabia for nearly one year for allegedly violating labour laws of that country.

Govt. has nothing to do with Vaidik's meet with Hafiz Saeed, says Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, July 15 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said here on Tuesday that the government has nothing to with senior journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik's meet with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed.

"Categorically and unequivocally I would like to state, that the government has nothing to do with Mr. Vaidik's meet with Hafiz Saeed," said Swaraj in Lok Sabha.

The statement came amidst discussion in the lower house, over the controversy looming around Vaidik's meeting with Saeed on July 2 in Lahore Pakistan after his pictures with the Pakistani Islamist leader emerged on social media..

Swaraj speaks to Mamata ahead of Bangla visit

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi: Ahead of her visit to Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about the two-day trip.

According to official sources, Swaraj made a call to Banerjee to "touch-base" and tell her about the visit during which the External Affairs Minister will hold talks with top Bangladeshi leadership on key bilateral issues including Land Boundary Agreement (LBA), proposed Teesta river pact and illegal immigration to India.

However, the sources refused to give any further details about the conversation between Swaraj and Banerjee.

India-Bangladesh trade can double to USD 10 billion by 2018: CII

India-BangladeshNew Delhi, June 24 : The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has said that India-Bangladesh trade could double to USD 10 billion by 2018, provided trading irritants like non-tariff barriers and infrastructure related issues are resolved.

"The first stand- alone foreign visit of Sushma Swaraj since taking over as the External Affairs Minister of India to Bangladesh will turn a new leaf in bilateral relations.  CII feels that economic cooperation will get a boost and further

intensify trade and Investment between the two countries," said Chandrajit Banerjee , Director General, CII.




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