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QUESTION NO.1618 ESTABLISHMENT OF INDIAN EMBASSIES

March 16, 2017

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1618
TO BE ANSWERED ON 16.03.2017

ESTABLISHMENT OF INDIAN EMBASSIES

†1618. SHRI LAL SINH VADODIA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) the total number of countries in the world and the number of countries where Indian Embassy has already been established;

(b) the number of countries where Indian Embassies have not been established;

(c) whether Government plans to establish Indian embassy in all the countries of the world; and

(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) to (d) As on date, there are 122 existing resident Indian Missions, 6 Missions to multilateral organizations, one Representative Office and 56 Posts abroad, which cover a large number of countries either through accreditation or concurrent accreditation arrangements. India does not have a resident Embassy in 68 countries. The merits of opening more Embassies are constantly reviewed by the Government. The Government’s decision to open a new Embassy/Consular office in a foreign country is based on the principle of reciprocity and functional requirements.

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