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Jaishankar Unveils Modi's Future Foreign Policy Direction on China and Pakistan

© PhotoIndian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in Moscow.
Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar in Moscow. - Sputnik India, 1920, 11.06.2024
All 71 ministers in PM Narendra Modi’s new government were assigned portfolios on Monday evening. Some of the ministers who retained their portfolios are S. Jaishankar, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman, Rajnath Singh, and Nitin Gadkari.
Upon assuming office on Tuesday, India’s Foreign Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar revealed New Delhi's future foreign policy agenda on China and Pakistan.
When discussing the future relationship between India and Pakistan as well as China over the next five years, S. Jaishankar recognises that both nations present unique challenges.

"As far as Pakistan and China are concerned, the relations with those countries are different, and the problems there are also different. Our focus with regard to China will be on finding a solution for the border issues and with Pakistan, we would want to find a solution to the issue of years-old cross-border terrorism," he highlighted.

During the discussion, Jaishankar addressed the issue of relations with the Maldives when asked about the neighboring state's parliamentary investigation into previous agreements with India. He underscored that both he and Prime Minister Modi had met with President Muizzu and that he would give preference "to be guided" according to his "experience and conversation" on the matter.
Meanwhile, when focusing on India’s objective of obtaining a permanent seat on the UN Security Council in the next five years, he believes that Modi's foreign policy initiatives and the nation's amicable stance will propel it to new heights
Sharing his thoughts about the Modi administration, the diplomat pointed out the significance of a government being elected three times in a row, particularly in a democracy. He emphasized that this achievement is a notable feat, indicating a strong sense of political stability in the state.

"I am fully confident that under PM Modi's leadership, the foreign policy of Modi 3.0 will be very successful. For us, the influence of India has been steadily growing, not just in terms of our own perception but also what the other countries think. They feel that India is truly their friend and they have seen that in times of crisis, if there is one country that stands with the Global South, it is India. They have seen that when we put forward the African Union membership during the presidency of G20, the world trusted us and our responsibilities are also increasing, so we also believe that under the leadership of PM Modi, India's identity in the world will definitely increase," Jaishankar noted.

Apart from Jaishankar, all other ministers who were allocated portfolios assumed office on Tuesday.
India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Narendra Modi (R) takes the oath of office for a third term as the country's Prime Minister during the oath-taking ceremony administered by President Droupadi Murmu (2L) at presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on June 9, 2024. - Sputnik India, 1920, 09.06.2024
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