New Delhi: Union Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Tuesday addressed a press conference to present a report on the 100 days of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) under Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government that India has a strong link between domestic and foreign policy.
Talking about the various foreigns conferences that PM Modi has attended during the span of his two terms, Jaishankar said, “I think today if you look at the big debates at multilateral forums – G20, BRICS, you will see that the Indian voice, Indian views are today heard much more clearly.”
“There is a strong link between domestic and foreign policy. The co-relation between our national policy goals and foreign policy goals has become stronger,” he added.
The External Affairs Minister also addressed the ongoing issue on Kashmir that caused strained India’s bilateral ties with Pakistan. He said, “We hope to build a better, stronger neighbourhood but recognising that we have a unique challenge from one neighbour until the issue of cross border terrorism is successfully addressed & that neighbour becomes a normal neighbour that would remain a challenge.”
Addressing the uniqueness of India’s foreign policy while referring to PM Narendra Modi’s upcoming US visit, he said, “The diaspora is, of course, the forte and in many ways somewhat unique aspect of our foreign policy & that is underlined by what is going to be coming up very soon in the United States which is a big diaspora event in partnership with our Indian-American community.”
He said that India has “come a long way” with its relation with the US and it has been in “good health” since then. ” India-US relations have come a long way, I assure you that relations are in very good health. As the relationship grows there will be issues. We’ve been talking to the US, my expectation is that the sharper edges will be addressed in the not too distant future,” he said.
“I regard this as a great achievement of the Indian-American community. If today there’s an event of this size and you have President Trump coming there, it shows where that community has reached, how it is regarded in US, the respect it commands there,” he added while speaking about the PM’s Houston event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Houston, Texas in the United States between September 21 and 27 to attend the “Howdy Modi!” mega diaspora event. The mega event will take place at Houston’s NRG Stadium, which is expected to be attended by 50,000 members of the Indian-American diaspora.
PM Modi has previously also addressed two events in the US, at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden (MSG) in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016.