India is set to give a major impetus to its Look East policy when it hosts the leaders of Vietnam and Myanmar this week, amid their straining ties with China.
The prime minister will interact with the military top brass during the annual Combined Commanders Conference, which will also see an exchange of views on security and strategic affairs, keeping in view the scenario prevailing in the South Asian and Indian Ocean regions.
Karzai is expected to brief Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his revised strategy for reconciliation with the Taliban in the aftermath of the assassination of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, his chief interlocutor with the Taliban.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday asked India to ensure that its nuclear liability regime conforms with the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.
Former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed Tuesday evening in a suicide blast at his house in Kabul. He was meeting a group of Taliban insurgents when the explosion was triggered, Xinhua reported, quoting an unnamed source from Rabbani’s office.
External Affairs Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna will hold talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi later this week to focus on deepening economic and strategic ties between the two countries.
The United States continues to support a UN Security Council seat for India even as it’s in touch with Indian officials on the situation in Syria, according to a US official.
For the first time since a civilian government took over in Myanmar, India will hold a high-level engagement with it when External Affairs Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna will be on a three-day visit to Yangon and new capital Nay Pyi Taw beginning Monday.
In a verdict that “disappointed” India, a US jury cleared Pakistan-born Canadian Tahawwur Rana of charges that he helped with the 26/11 Mumbai attack but convicted him of supporting the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Islamist militant group New Delhi blames for the carnage.
Menon and Rao, both former envoys to Sri Lanka, are likely to allude to the statement agreed on between Rajapaksa and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in May 2009. “A devolution package, building upon the 13th Amendment, would contribute towards creating the necessary conditions for such reconciliation,” says the Krishna-Peiris statement.