FGN32 NEPAL-INDIA-LDALL SHRINGLA Kathmandu: India and Nepal are on the same page and share the same vision, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Friday, as he underlined that New Delhi sees itself as the Himalayan nation's 'foremost friend and development partner' in its quest for economic and social development. By Shirish B Pradhan FGN31 LANKA-LD DOVAL Colombo: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Friday called on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and also met with the country's defence secretary to further advance the 'valuable' bilateral cooperation which contributes to peace and security in the region.
FGN37 SEYCHELLES-LD JAISHANKAR Victoria (Seychelles): External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday assured Seychelles' newly-elected Indian-origin President Wavel Ramkalawan that the key Indian Ocean nation holds a 'particular priority' for India in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, as he discussed with him ways to further strengthen the bilateral ties, including close security cooperation.
FGN35 ISRAEL-26/11-3RDLD PLAQUE Eilat (Israel): Jewish outreach movement Chabad has unveiled a plaque at its synagogue in this southern Israeli coastal city in memory of six Jews killed in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, demanding that the Pakistani perpetrators of the carnage be brought to justice. By Harinder Mishra FGN34 VIRUS-UK-INDIA London: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss a wide range of global and bilateral issues, including collaboration on COVID-19 vaccine, climate change, and trade and investment flows. By Aditi Khanna FGN36 CHINA-VIRUS-ORIGIN Beijing: Battling global adversity over the coronavirus and bracing for a WHO inquiry over its origin, China on Friday claimed that just because COVID-19 cases were first reported in Wuhan does not mean the contagion originated from the central Chinese city. By K J M Varma RS