In a sneak attack on Pakistan on Friday, Foreign Minister Jaishankar said terrorism cannot be used as a tool to force India back to the “negotiating table”.
While interacting with the Indian diaspora in Cyprus, Mr Jaishankar made no mention of Pakistan, saying: “We will never normalize it. We will never allow terrorism to force us back to the negotiating table. We want to work with everyone. Individuals build good neighborliness. But good neighborliness really does not mean condoning or ignoring or rationalizing terrorism. We know that very well.
“The second, of course, is our borders. Our borders are challenged. During Covid, border challenges have intensified. You all know that the state of our relationship with China today is not normal. They are not normal because we will not agree to any The attempt to unilaterally change the Line of Actual Control (LAC). So in terms of foreign policy, in terms of national security, I can share with you a solid picture of diplomacy, foreign policy, because that’s who I am,” he added.
Talking about India’s expectations, Jaishankar said that people have a lot of expectations for New Delhi because New Delhi is seen as a place to solve problems. He further added that India is seen as a country with a strong economy and an independent state.
Mr. Jaishankar said that India was negotiating 3 agreements with Cyprus – cooperation in defense operations, immigration and mobility agreement to facilitate the legal movement of people between the two countries, and an agreement on the International Solar Alliance.
Mr. Jaishankar said, “Finally, let me say a few words about diaspora Indians. diaspora Indians refer to Indian citizens who remain abroad, people who belong to diaspora Indian families, and citizens abroad. OCS cardholders under the Modi government, I Guess we already know that Indians abroad are a great source of strength for our motherland. I mean, there’s absolutely no two ways. But it’s not enough to say that. As we get bigger, as more and more of Indians go out and the global workplace increases.”
“Today there are 30, 32, 33 million Indians, 3.3 million Indians and Indians living abroad, the ratio of non-citizens to citizens is about two to one. Now, when so many people live abroad, the benefit of India Visible to us in many ways, the big question that arises is what is India’s obligation? India’s obligation is really to take care of them, to take care of them to the best of their ability, especially in the most difficult situations. So you in the past We have seen in seven or eight years that no matter what difficulties Indians face, the Indian government, the Indian government will be there for them,” he added.
S Jaishankar referred to his 40 years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and said that it really revolutionized the perception of the Indian community in embassies and high commissions as well as ministries and officials.
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