Pakistan Pushes for Discussion on Kashmir At OIC Meet

According to official media reports in Islamabad, Pakistan will hold a ministerial meeting of the 57-member Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss Jammu and Kashmir in April 2020. Pakistan wants OIC led by Saudi Arabia to discuss the ‘human rights situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir and enactment of an anti-Muslim law in India’.

Crux of the Matter
  • Experts suggest that this development may be linked to a broader Saudi-Pakistan deal.
  • Pakistan in its negotiations with Riyadh has been pushing hard for a meeting on Kashmir. In return, Pakistan obliged Saudi Arabia by not participating in a conference of Islamic nations hosted by Malaysia.
  • Recently-appointed Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud had visited Islamabad on December 26 and met Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
  • Mr Qureshi said in a press conference, “I told the Saudi Foreign Minister that the OIC must make a strong statement on India’s Citizenship Amendment Act as well as on the situation in J&K.
  • The Arab countries have ignored the issue of Kashmir until Pakistan reached out to Turkey, Iran and Malaysia.
  • India’s former Ambassador to KSA, Oman and the UAE, Talmiz Ahmed said, “While OIC resolutions mean very little in real terms, Pakistan wants to use the forum against India.”
  • The meeting has not yet been officially announced by the OIC. 

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is an international organization founded in 1969, consisting of 57 member states, with a collective population of over 1.8 billion as of 2015 with 53 countries being Muslim-majority countries. The OIC has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union. The official languages of the OIC are Arabic, English, and French. The organisation states that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and works to “safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony. More Info

$1 Trillion Hit to the World from Terrorism, says PM Modi at BRICS Summit

PM Modi, addressing the 11th BRICS Summit, showed concerns for safety and peace of the world as acts of terrorism are being deeply injected in the social fabric. He said that terrorism has cost the world $1 trillion, slowing down the growth of the developing nations.

Crux of the Matter
  • BRICS Summit organized for the first time a seminar on Strategies for Countering Terrorism.
  • Besides slowing down the growth of the developing economies by as much as 1.5%, terrorism has also claimed the lives of approximately 2.25 lakh citizens around the world.
  • “The atmosphere of doubt created by terrorism, terror financing, drug trafficking, and organized crime indirectly and deeply harms trade and business. We hope that such efforts and activities of the five working groups will increase strong BRICS Security Cooperation against terrorism and other organized crimes,” said PM Modi.

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India-Myanmar Discuss Key Issues at 35th ASEAN Summit


Prime Minister Narendra Modi met State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar on the margins of the 35th ASEAN Summit on November 03, 2019. The two Leaders recognised that strong ties across all pillars of cooperation were in the fundamental interests of both the countries.

Crux of the Matter
  • PM Modi emphasised that India would continue its commitment to improve physical connectivity to and through Myanmar to Southeast Asia by building road, ports and other infrastructure.
  • State Counsellor Suu Kyi reaffirmed the importance of the partnership and appreciated India’s consistent and sustained support for the widening of democracy and deepening of development in Myanmar.
  • Modi conveyed India’s readiness to expand its socio-economic projects in the country’s Rakhine state and support the expansion of capacity for Myanmar’s police, military and civil servants. This is part of India’s policy to help Myanmar deal with its Rohingya refugee problem internally.
  • In the recent past both countries have been dealing with the Rohingya refugee crisis. Myanmar’s dercognition of the Rohingya population and alleged atrocities has caused them to migrate to neighbouring countries like India and Bangladesh. Officially India has refused to accept the burgeoning immigrant population and has asked Myanmar to deescalate the situation to solve it.

Aung San Suu Kyi is a Burmese politician, diplomat, author, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1991). She is the leader of the National League for Democracy and the first and incumbent State Counsellor, a position akin to a prime minister. The youngest daughter of Aung San, Father of the Nation of modern-day Myanmar, and Khin Kyi, Aung San Suu Kyi was born in Rangoon, British Burma. She is a graduate from Delhi University and Oxford. Aung San Suu Kyi rose to prominence in the 1988 Uprisings, and became the General Secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), which she had newly formed with the help of several retired army officials who criticized the military junta. In the 1990 elections, NLD won 81% of the seats in Parliament, but the results were nullified, as the military refused to hand over power, resulting in an international outcry. She had, however, already been detained under house arrest before the elections. She remained under house arrest for almost 15 of the 21 years from 1989 to 2010, becoming one of the world’s most prominent political prisoners. More Info

India-Australia Strengthen Ties at 35th ASEAN Summit

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Mr Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia on the sidelines of India-ASEAN meet and East Asia Summit 2019 at Bangkok on 04 November 2019, where they doubled down on continuing to strengthen bilateral relations.

Crux of the Matter
  • Both leaders reviewed the progress made in bilateral relationship and reaffirmed their desire to further strengthen India-Australia bilateral relations.
  • Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in maritime domain and enhance engagement in defence and security fields.
  • The two leaders also discussed the threat of extremism and terrorism and agreed to work closely to tackle this menace.
  • PM Modi reaffirmed India’s commitment towards a free, open, transparent and inclusive Indo-Pacific region for promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Its aim is to accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations. More Info

Angela Merkel’s Visit to India Signals Greater Bilateral Synergy

Bilateral trade, strategic cooperation, agriculture, cyber security and artificial intelligence were some of the main topics of discussion in the German Chancellor’s visit to India. The leaders are also said to have bolstered ties to combat terrorism.

Crux of the Matter
  • The German Chancellor landed in Delhi last Thursday.
  • The visit with PM Modi has been most fruitful, with around 20 agreements signed, of varying disciplines.
  • Terrorism and extremism were given high importance, and called on other nations to eradicate terrorism on their respective soils.
  • A trade deal could be taken up between India and the European Union.
  • Germany is especially keen in investing over 1 billion Euros in the automobile sector with an eye on environment-friendly urban mobility solutions.

Angela Dorothea Merkel ( born 17 July 1954) is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 2000 to 2018. Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world, and “leader of the free world”. Read More