Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has conveyed to Pakistan India's commitment to resolve all issues within framework of Simla pact and Lahore Declaration if there was an environment free from terror and violence, during his trip to Islamabad two weeks back, government said on Thursday.
Shivshankar Menon, who had served as National Security Adviser and Foreign Secretary under UPA government, on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been "very successful" in pursuing the foreign policy and observed there was continuity in dealing with India's external engagement.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Monday said that the ties between India and the United States are currently in a 'transition mode', calling on both countries to be 'bolder' in their bilateral relations.
China on Thursday said improving ties between India and Pakistan was of paramount importance to peace and development in the region and offered its support to resolve bilateral disputes through peaceful dialogue.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will undertake 'SAARC yatra' from Sunday starting with Bhutan and will travel to Pakistan on March 3, marking the resumption of Indo-Pak talks with India maintaining it stands ready to discuss all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir.
Former foreign secretary Sujatha Singh Saturday said she was getting a lot of messages of support from her colleagues in the ministry of external affairs after she was abruptly relieved of her post three days ago.
Axed from the post of foreign secretary two days ago, a "deeply pained" Sujatha Singh on Friday hit back saying that stories were being "planted" in the media to tarnish her reputation after having served for 39 years.
A political war of words erupted on Thursday over the sudden removal of Sujatha Singh as Foreign Secretary, with Congress asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain the "summary" decision while BJP defended it as the right of the government.
Defending the move to replace Sujatha Singh as Foreign Secretary, BJP on Thursday ruled out any political motive and said the government had acted well within its right to decide on appointment of officers.