New Delhi: Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar released a report card of the functioning of his ministry in the first 100 days of the second term of the Narendra Modi government. During this time, the foreign minister said, India-US relations have evolved tremendously, with much mutual appreciation.
Jaishankar said he could assure the nation that the relations between the two countries are in a very good condition. The minister said further that, on Sunday, US President Donald Trump would join Prime Minister Modi in Houston, Texas, where people will greet the Indian premier with ‘Howdy, Modi!’ “It will be a great honour to be with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi) in the programme,” Jaishankar said.
The prime minister said on the occasion of completion of 100 days of his second term, “This is a trailer; the film is yet to be seen.”
Jaishankar slams Pakistan without naming it
Targeting Pakistan in his presentation without naming that country, S Jaishankar said that India was pursuing the policy of ‘Neighborhood First’, but it faces a “different kind of challenge” from a neighbour that is supposed to behave normally and take action against cross-border terrorism. Addressing his first press conference after taking over as the foreign minister in the second term of the Modi government, Jaishankar recounted the “achievements” of 100 days of his ministry’s functioning.
Jaishankar said that the important achievements of the government during this period were establishing a strong link between the goals of national security and foreign policy.
Emphasis on ‘Neighborhood First’ Policy
The foreign minister said India’s voice was being heard more on the global stage, whether it was the G20 or the Climate Conference. He said that, during the first 100 days of the government, the policy of ‘Neighborhood First’ was strongly pushed and the emphasis was on contact and commerce.
The Prime Minister travelled to countries like the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bhutan in the neighbourhood, Jaishankar said. The foreign minister added that he himself went to Bhutan, Bangladesh and the Maldives. During these visits, special emphasis was laid on business relations and people-to-people relations with a focus on projects.
The minister said that India’s message on the issues of cross-border terrorism and Article 370 was conveyed well to the world.