‘This is a changed India’, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar targets China and Pakistan

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‘This is a changed India’, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar targets China and Pakistan

S Jaishankar on Pakistan and China: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that forces which have been perpetrating cross-border terrorism against India for decades now know that it is a ‘New India’ that will give them a befitting reply. He emphasized that the country can deal with the challenges created by Pakistan and China for India’s national security today.

External Affairs Jaishankar talked about the transformation of the country into a new India. He said these things while addressing the Indian community in Uganda on Wednesday (April 12).

‘This India will answer them’

On the challenges facing the country’s borders, Jaishankar said, “Today, people are seeing a new India that is ready to face up and whether it is Uri or Balakot, India will deal with its national security challenges.” Referring to the attack on the Army Brigade Headquarters in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists of Pakistani terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed and the airstrike carried out by Indian Air Force fighter jets in Balakot, Pakistan.

The External Affairs Minister said, “The forces involved in cross-border terrorism against India for decades, which India has tolerated, now know that this is a new India and this India will give them a befitting reply.” He took on China. Also talked about the challenges on the border. Jaishankar said, “For the last three years, in violation of the agreements, the Chinese have accumulated a large number of troops.”

‘Full support to Indian soldiers now’

The Foreign Minister said that today Indian soldiers are stationed at very high places with very difficult conditions. He said the situation is completely different from the past as Indian troops now have “full support” and have the right equipment and infrastructure. The External Affairs Minister acknowledged that more work needs to be done for the development of infrastructure along the border with China as it has been neglected in the past.

He said, “This is a new India that will stand up for its interests and the world will recognize it.” Jaishankar said India cannot be pressurized by other countries “from where we have to buy our oil.” Where else not to buy oil.

He also said, “This is an India that will act in the interest of its citizens and consumers.” India has been buying Russian oil, available at a subsidized rate, after Western countries imposed sanctions on Moscow over its attack on Ukraine.

‘Some people felt bad about joining the quad’

Foreign Minister Jaishankar said that some people felt bad when India joined the ‘Quad’. It is noteworthy that in November 2017, India, Japan, America and Australia gave shape to the long pending proposal of ‘Quad’ formation. China has been critical of the formation of this group and said that its goal is to stop the growing power of Beijing.

Jaishankar said that today India is a self-sufficient country. “Today, there is a new India which will serve India’s national interest and you can see it in the personality of Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi,” he said, adding that if people talk about India’s progress, he said. So a lot of contribution has been made in this by the hard work done by the Indian community abroad.

Talks on direct flight service between India and Uganda

The External Affairs Minister said, “I would also like to say what the President (Yoveri Kaguta Museveni) has said about the Indian community here, and I am honored by his warmth and appreciation for all of you. He said, “When I reach Delhi, I will definitely tell the Prime Minister… President Museveni praised the (Indian) community a lot.”

He said that talks are on on the possibility of direct flight service between India and Uganda. During the day, the External Affairs Minister also visited the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Kampala. He also met his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen Hassan, who is also the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, during a brief stopover in Addis Ababa on his way back to India. Jaishankar said in a tweet after the meeting, “Exchanged views on our strong multilateral cooperation, including with the African Union and the United Nations.”

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