Both the US and Pakistan seem to be in damage control mode, and they have been making efforts to send a clear message: that while they have significant differences on important strategic issues, neither side can allow the relationship to drift any further.
Bhutan and Nepal, categorized as Least Developed Countries, rank second and third best among South Asian countries in the 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report. This points to differences in the way “development” is defined.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited the United Arab Emirates as part of his Middle East trip. Modi also attended the World Government Forum as Guest of Honour, an occasion for those deemed important by the Gulf sheikhdom.
The US decision to cut its security aid to Pakistan brings nothing new into US-Pakistan bilateral dynamics. The US had already done that previously when it cut the Coalition Support Funds amounting to USD 900 million for the financial years 2015 and 2016.
Singapore has played an important role in connecting South Asia with East Asia. It would be fair to say, that in addition to the economic reforms of 1991, and the efforts of successive governments, Singapore deserves credit for helping India strengthen ties with ASEAN.
The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee has been pro-active in her outreach to both domestic and foreign investors. She has led delegations to a number of countries including the UK and Singapore.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited India on a six-day official trip in January 2018. Netanyahu’s visit, coming only six months after Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, is evidence of how quickly bilateral relations are expanding.
India voted in favor of the UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US for its decision to move its embassy to and to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Given the close ties between India and Israel and India and the US, India’s decision has surprised many.
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in Moscow meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Singh’s visit was followed by that of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Sochi.