Syed Akbaruddin

Abandon your futile quest, J-K an integral part of India and will remain so: Akbaruddin

New York (United Nations) [United States], Oct. 6 : Reiterating India's stand on Jammu and Kashmir, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday said India's response to Pakistan is consistent - "abandon your futile quest, the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so".

Recalling that just less than 10 days ago, the General Assembly Hall witnessed a high-level debate and it also witnessed "a singular lack of support for the representative of Pakistan's baseless claims", India's Permanent Representative said: "Need one say more, our response to Pakistan is consistent - 'abandon your futile quest the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so'."

No proposal on expansion of SAARC membership: MEA

Syed AkbaruddinKathmandu, Nov 27 : The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said that there has been no proposal on the expansion of SAARC membership.

"There has been no proposal on the expansion of SAARC membership. The proposal on table was to consider the observers as dialogue partners," said MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

Talking about the energy pact, Akbaruddin said that it will enable all SAARC countries to trade in electricity.

Pakistan has reneged on the Simla Agreement: MEA

Syed-AkbaruddinNew Delhi, Aug 20 : The Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday that Pakistan has reneged on the Simla Agreement of July 1972.

MEA spokesman told media here, "After the signing of the Simla Agreement, there are only two stakeholders in the issue of Jammu and Kashmir - the Union of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. This principle is the bedrock of our bilateral relations."

India, Pakistan to hold foreign secretary-level talks next month

Syed-AkbaruddinNew Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Wednesday confirmed that India and Pakistan will hold foreign secretary-level talks next month.

24 foreign TV channels lack permission to telecast in India

24 foreign TV channels lack permission to telecast in IndiaThe government of India has confirmed that 24 foreign TV channels have been denied permission to telecast in India as they lacked permission for the same.

Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesperson for the external affairs ministry, said on Tuesday that the 24 TV channels in question were the ones which had either not sought permission for down-linking or had not been given such permission.

Moscow free to take legal recourse over Sistema issue: India

Moscow free to take legal recourse over Sistema issue: IndiaMoscow is free to take legal recourse in case it feels this could resolve the Sistema issue, India said on Tuesday.

Russian leaders have repeatedly said that the Indian government hasn't made sufficient efforts to resolve the issue, which erupted from the cancellation of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd's 21 licences.

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