INDIA DEFENCE ARMOUR
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was encouraged by "concrete and urgent steps" aimed at de-escalating the Ukraine situation agreed at four-way talks in Geneva Thursday.
India and the United States are today positioned to embark on a more closely collaborative path with growth in India providing it new impetus, according to Indian ambassador S. Jaishankar.
French President Francois Hollande held phone talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy over the situation in Ukraine, the president's office said.
Describing US security engagement with India as crucial to security in the Indo-Pacific region, a US official says Washington is committed to a partnership including a strong and influential India in the security realm.
The Pakistan government said Thursday that the peace process with the Taliban would continue, albeit slowly in a wait-and-watch mode, despite the militants having ended a 40-day truce.