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Maldives remains evasive on deployment of Indian maritime surveillance aircraft
NEW DELHI: The Maldives remains evasive on the issue of proposed Letter of Exchange (LoE) essential for deployment of India's Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft in the archipelago. This had led to a protracted stand-off between the two countries over the issue of defence and security cooperation.

India to brief China, Russia on its new Indo-Pacific policy
NEW DELHI: India will embark on some intensive diplomatic engagement to explain its newly minted policy on the Indo-Pacific. In the coming weeks, India will hold the second round of maritime dialogue with China and the first such dialogue with Russia, which are expected to focus on this.

After 2+2 delay, India declines US offer to host Nirmala Sitharaman
Nirmala Sitharaman was slated to follow up the ‘2+2’ meeting on July 6 with a visit to the Pentagon and bilateral talks with US Defence Secretary James Mattis.

ASEAN, India hold 18th meeting of joint cooperation committee
The 18th ASEAN-India Joint Cooperation Committee Meeting, held in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 22, highlighted cooperation between the two sides in the past years, and reached consensus on measures to elevate the ASEAN-India relations in the coming time.

UAE foreign minister to assess areas of engagement with India
NEW DELHI: With the UAE emerging as a significant investor, its leadership is keen to assess first-hand the prospects of India’s development story. Beginning Sunday, UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will travel through five cities in different states to engage with stakeholders as well as hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi.

India, Russia weigh rupee-rouble trade for defence deals
New Delhi: Efforts to break the logjam over Russian defence deals because of US sanctions have zeroed in on a rupee-rouble transfer as the only way out but both sides are finding it difficult to find banking institutions through which such payments can be routed.

President Ram Nath Kovind to deliver India's Europe policy in Athens
NEW DELHI: As President Ram Nath Kovind makes his first trip to countries outside Africa, the Indian government is using the President to deliver an important policy speech in Greece on Monday. To be seen as a complement to the prime minister’s Shangri-La Dialogue speech where he outlined India’s approach to the Indo-Pacific, the President is expected to affirm the governing principles of India’s Europe policy. Kovind is travelling to Greece, Cuba and Suriname this week.

India working towards becoming $ 5 trillion economy by 2025: Kovind
India is striving to become a $ 5 trillion economy and the world’s third largest consumer market by 2025, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday as he highlighted investment opportunities in the country.

India funds building IT centre of defence ministry’s university
Work started on the second phase of the information technology and foreign language centre of the Defence Ministry’s Telecommunications University in Nha Trang city, central Khanh Hoa province, on June 14.

President voices support for stronger Việt Nam-India defence ties
HÀ NỘI — The Party and State of Việt Nam will create optimal conditions for the Vietnamese and Indian defence ministries to co-operate closely, deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, said President Trần Đại Quang.