India on Thursday said the disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is not yet complete. “There has been some progress made towards this objective but the disengagement process has as yet not been completed. The Senior Commanders of the two sides will be meeting in the near future to work out steps in this regard,” said Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson, the ministry of external affairs. “Therefore, we expect that the Chinese side will sincerely work with us for complete disengagement and de-escalation and full restoration of peace and tranquility in the border areas at the earliest as agreed to by the Special Representatives,” he added. Srivastava also spoke on the fifth phase of Vande Bharat Mission. Phase 5 of the repatriation mission to begin from August 1 under which 792 flights have been scheduled, the spokesperson said. Watch the video for more details.
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The Ministry of External Affairs has stated that group of Sikh and Hindu communities who returned from Afghanistan will be facilitated as per rules in the country. MEA is in touch with others who would like to return. "Our mission in Kabul (Afghanistan), despite COVID-19 situation facilitated return of first group that arrived last week. Their cause for permanent settlement here will be examined and facilitated as per rules. We are in touch with others who would like to return, we would facilitate it," said MEA Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.
While addressing a press conference in the national capital on July 23, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava spoke on Buddha statue vandalised in Pakistan. He said, "On July 18, during excavation of one of houses in Pakistan, a Gandhara style Buddha statue was found. What we understand is, 4 Pakistani citizens at behest of religious cleric who told them that their faith will be renounced if they don't dismantle statue, they broke it." "It is been widely condemned and widespread concern has been expressed by a cross-section of people in our country. We have expressed our concerns to Pakistan and conveyed our expectations that they would ensure safety, security and well being of minorities there and protect their cultural heritage," MEA added.
While addressing a press conference in the national capital on July 23, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava spoke on India-China border matter. He said, "4th round of meeting of senior commanders was held on July 14 where they also discussed further steps to ensure complete disengagement." "Another meeting of Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) in India-China border areas is expected to be scheduled soon," MEA added.
While addressing a press conference in the national capital on July 23, the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Anurag Srivastava informed about 4th phase of Vande Bharat Mission. He said, "In phase 4 of Vande Bharat Mission, 1197 flights have been scheduled so far, including 945 international flights and 252 feeder flights. These flights are operated by Air India group, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir." "They covered 29 countries. They will be reaching 34 airports in India," MEA spokesperson added.
Health and safety preparations were made for the arrival of European Union leaders for day two of EU budget negotiations. Workers conducted a deep clean of the meeting room at the European Council in Brussels before negotiations continued.View on euronews
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The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressed India-EU Summit 2020 via video conference on July 15. PM Modi said, "India and European Union are natural partners. Our partnership is significant for peace and stability of the world. This reality has become even more clear in the global situation today," said PM Modi at the 15th India-EU (virtual) summit. European side has been headed by President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The Indian delegation at the summit will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India-EU summit was cancelled in March due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen postponed her wedding to attend the European Council meeting in July. According to CNN, EU leaders are to meet for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak. They plan to discuss the European budget and plants to recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Prederiksen said while she was “looking forward to marrying this man,” she needs to do her job and “protect Denmark’s interests.
European Union leaders ended a second day of negotiations late on Saturday without a concrete plan to pump hundreds of billions of euros into their economies ravaged by coronavirus and would resume on Sunday. Conway G. Gittens has the details.
European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas talks to the Global Conversation about the future of Europe's border-free travel Schengen zone and what European solidarity should look like once Europe comes out of the coronavirus crisis.View on euronews
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