S Jaishankar, highlighted the significant transformation in India’s foreign policy under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Union Minister for External Affairs, S Jaishankar, highlighted the significant transformation in India’s foreign policy under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a press conference commemorating the completion of nine years of the BJP government.
Jaishankar stated, “As we celebrate the nine-year milestone of the Modi government, it is evident that foreign policy has undergone a remarkable transformation. This transformation is reflected in our nation’s elevated status, increased influence, expanded global presence, introduction of new concepts, and enhanced implementation.”
Discussing India’s relations with Southeast Asia, the External Affairs Minister mentioned, “Over the past nine years, there has been a substantial exchange between India and our Southeast Asian neighbors. This includes areas such as power transmission, power generation, fuel supply, bridges, roads, railways, and even the provision of ferries to the Maldives.”
He further emphasized that India is perceived by a significant part of the world as a development partner, working collaboratively with its partners to address their priorities. India’s image today extends beyond being an economic collaborator in the developing South; it encompasses engagement with the global economy, as evident in the increasing flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) and exports.
Jaishankar highlighted India’s growing global capabilities and its role as a “first responder” during times of crisis. Initially, India focused on providing assistance to its immediate neighbors, but it has now extended its support further. He cited India’s swift and effective response to the earthquake in Turkey as an example.
The Minister also mentioned India’s intervention in stabilizing the Sri Lankan economy during the crisis that occurred last year.
According to Jaishankar, there is a heightened interest in partnering with India today. Countries want to listen to India, be associated with India, and recognize that collaborating with India enhances and strengthens their own influence as well.