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India is heard more clearly today: MEA S Jaishankar

New Delhi | Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that India’s voice is now heard more clearly than ever before.

In a media briefing to mark 100 days of the second term of Modi government, Jaishankar said, “Collaborations have become more salient parts of India’s foreign policy. Connections between national security and foreign policy. Co-relation between national security goals and foreign policy goals have grown stronger.”

He took the examples of global summits like G29, BRICS, to keep the point that Indian opinions are heard clearly now.

“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.”

Prime Minister is extraordinarily energetic and we try to emulate him,” he said.

“We have been very active in Africa in the last 100 days. The vision for Africa was outlined by the PM last July. We are largely on track in terms of our Africa commitments. Work is underway to open 18 embassies in Africa. We have made a commitment of 10 billion dollars to Africa and have reached 6 billion.”

Speaking on relations with the United States, Jaishankar said, “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 also said that global leaders have heard, and sided with India after the scrapping of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

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