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What’s next for China, Pakistan? S Jaishankar answers as he assumes office as EAM | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Ahead of assuming office for the second term as the foreign minister, S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that the third term of PM Modi-led NDA government will focus on finding a solution for the border issues with China and years-old cross-border terrorism with Pakistan.
“In any country and especially in a democracy, it is a very big deal for a government to get elected three times in a row.So the world will definitely feel that today there is a lot of political stability in India,” EAM Jaishankar said.
“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 added.
EAM Jaishankar added that the third term of PM Modi-led NDA government will position the country as ‘Vishwa Bandhu’ in a very turbulent and divided world.
“Together, we are very confident it will position us as ‘Vishwa Bandhu’, a country which is in a very turbulent world, in a very divided world, a world of conflicts and tensions. It would actually position us as a country which is trusted by many, whose prestige and influence, whose interests will be advanced,” EAM Jaishankar said.
Jaishankar claimed that the ministry of external affairs performed exceptionally well in the previous term under the leadership of PM Modi and undertook challenges like covid and operation Ganga and Kaveri.
“It is an immense honour to be once again given the responsibility of leading the Ministry of External Affairs. In the last term, this ministry performed exceptionally well. We delivered the G20 presidency. We took on the challenges of COVID including, Vaccine Maitri supplies. We also were the centre of crucial operations like Operation Ganga and Operation Kaveri,” he said.
“In the last decade, this ministry under the leadership of PM Modi has become a very people-centric ministry. You can see that in terms of our improved passport services, community welfare fund support that we give to Indians abroad,” he added.
Jaishankar, currently a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977. He served as India’s foreign secretary during Modi’s first tenure (2015-18) and held ambassadorial positions in the United States (2013-15), China (2009-2013), and the Czech Republic (2000-2004). He was also India’s high commissioner to Singapore (2007-2009) and worked in various diplomatic assignments in Moscow, Colombo, Budapest, Tokyo, the Ministry of External Affairs, and the President’s Secretariat.
After retiring as foreign secretary, Jaishankar served as the president of Global Corporate Affairs at Tata Sons Private Ltd. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and an M. Phil and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. In 2019, he was awarded the Padma Shri and authored the acclaimed best-selling book “The India Way: Strategies for an Uncertain World”.

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