US special envoy for Afghanistan Khalilzad holds talks with Jaishankar, Doval
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 Khalilzad arrived here on Tuesday to discuss the historic Afghan peace talks with Indian leaders. It was his fifth visit to India since January last year. In a statement, the US said both it and India share the view that the peace process in Afghanistan must continue until there is an agreement on a political roadmap and a "comprehensive and permanent ceasefire".
During a webinar, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the year 2008 was a turning point in modern era marked by the global financial crisis and the rise of China, India and ASEAN, which led to economic rebalancing. “This process took an even sharper turn in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which accelerated trendlines and led to greater multi-polarity,” he said. Jaishankar added that it is also in India’s strategic interest to facilitate and partner in the rise of Africa, He said, “India’s ability to “step up and assume global responsibility to do good” is a very important part of the country’s rise. If Africa becomes one of the poles of the global polity, it is better for us.” Watch the full video for more.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the turning point for the world we have entered was 2008, with global financial crisis, and rise of China and India, we entered a world of visible economic rebalancing. EAM's expressed his views via video conferencing at Symbiosis Literature Fest 2020 on October 17.
The Afghan leadership won’t have concerns if India decides to engage with the Taliban, though a final decision in this matter will is New Delhi’s prerogative, Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah said on Saturday. Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation, is the senior-most Afghan leader to publicly speak on this issue which has been the subject of a debate within diplomatic and decision-making circles in New Delhi since last year. Following his meetings this week with India’s top leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Abdullah said in an interview that he hadn’t discussed any “military role” for India in Afghanistan during his talks in New Delhi.
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National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval on September 10 and Minister of the armed forces of Florence Parly met at Hyderabad House in the national capital. Minister Florence Parly was the chief guest for Rafale induction ceremony held earlier today at Air Force Station, Ambala. The first five Rafale aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron, the "Golden Arrows".The aircraft had arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on July 27, 2020. Parly said it is a great pride to see the first five Rafale jets inducted in time in the Indian Air Force despite the COVID-19 crisis.
Dassault CEO Eric Trappier said he would be happy to repeat orders for Rafale aircraft if Indian Air Force wants. Trappier was speaking during the induction ceremony of Rafale jets. On Thursday, five Rafale aircraft were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF). Meanwhile, French Defence Minister Florence Parly met National Security Advisor (NSA). Doval and Parly met at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The French Defence Minister was invited for the induction of Rafale aircraft. Watch the full video for more details.
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Considered as one of the most popular Muslim pilgrimage centres, the dargah of Ajmer Sharif houses the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, a holy saint who dedicated his entire life to the service of the poor and downtrodden. Today the dargah is visited by millions of devotees every year, irrespective of their caste and religion making it an epitome of communal harmony. Situated in the heart of Ajmer city in Rajasthan, at the foot of a barren hill, the Dargah of Ajmer Sharif is one of the most sanctified shrines in the country. Dedicated to the founder of Chishtiya order in India namely Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti or Garib Nawaz, the dargah is venerated by the people of all religious communities.The saint has millions of followers across the country belonging to different faiths, who visit the shrine every year and offer holy chadder and flowers to seek his blessings. Born in Chishti region of Afghanistan, the saint came to India in his process to teach mankind the high way of living and settled in Ajmer.His shrine was built by Mughals, which makes it a splendid piece of Mughal architecture that consists of various buildings, tombs, courtyards and Daalaans. Prayers in the form of Namaaz are offered everyday inside Mehfil-e Khana which is a spacious hall inside the dargah that was built by Nawab Bashir-ud-Dowla Sir Asmaan Jah of Hyderabad Deccan. The dargah is believed to fulfil the wishes of its devotees, who according to the tradition tie a religious thread along Jannati Darwaza, a beautiful gate covered with silver metal. People of all faiths regardless of their religion, creed, caste or gender visit the revered sight every year and offer their prayers to the holy saint. The glory of Ajmer Sharif has only increased with time and today it marks an important place in the history of Ajmer. Visited by the people from diverse faiths and communities, the dargah has been playing an important role in strengthening the secular thread of our country.