India has divergences with US on Afghanistan: EAM S Jaishankar
NEW DELHI: Whether it is the Indian leadership or the average Indian, “we aspire to bigger things,” said foreign minister S Jaishankar, addressing the [email protected]: The F Summit organised by Times Now on Sunday.
“The rise of power starts at home and a lot of the progress in the last seven years is very visible at home,” Jaishankar said, pointing to growth and reform in many sectors including “expanding manufacturing, undertaking agricultural reforms, looking at our human resources, improving education and skilling, making it easier to do business, creating a sy em where we look after our people, health, housing, power and water as basic needs which need to be provided so that the quality of living and the quality of our resources is much better.” That’s how countries like China grew and developed he said.
The Quad, he said, has become an important grou in a 21st century which is more multipolar. But while India’s interests converge with the US’ in the east, there are divergences in the west, particularly Afghanistan, the minister said.
Jaishankar, however deved a lot of attention to India’s relationships in the neighbourhood which have come under fire recently. “Before Prime Minister Modi went to Nepal, that country did not get a bilateral visit from our side for 17 years. Sri Lanka did not get one for 35 years. The last Indian Prime Minister before Narendra Modi who went to UAE was Indira Gandhi. If you don’t give attention to your neighbourhood, and your extended neighbourhood, you are not going to be seen as a serious player.”
He talks about the great relations with the neighbourhood. Yet during Modis time every single neighbour has moved to support China and that includes Maldives, SriLanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mysia, of course Pakistan. India and China have the worst possible relations. Relations with Russia are also at an all time low. The Quad means nothing for security. The US has clearly shown that they cannot be trusted. Afghanistan is just one instance.
Congress r ISI agents ....pretending to be Indians but secretly working for PAKISTAN
'Nepal and Bangladesh are importing ricity from India'---Many villages in India gets only some six hours or so of ricity. 'There is a pipeline for petroleum to Nepal. ' We ourselves are importing petroleum. In the Quad, we are just 'caddies' of the US.
Difficult to make the case that our relationships in the neighbourhood are in splendid condition.
Relationship with neighboring countries was good even without bilateral exchange of visits because we respected them and they reciprocated in kind. But Modi started bullying them due to his ignorance and inexperience on an international stage and the relationships have soured
Dear Mr.Jaishankar, even if no pm visited, these countries were obedient to india.
As if the US cares what you think.
Mr. Jaya Shanker should not praise the traitors like Americans who just left Afganistan without even giving a chance to plan a proper military strategy. These Americans may help Pakistan again to satisfy their self-interest.
We must be very wary of US under the Biden presidency. US Govt is now hopeless and seless. A very weak Presi nt presides over the Go nment there. US is now fast becoming an unreliable ally.
America need India more than India need America. This is entirely new assertive India.Afganistan may have fallen to Taliban but Afgans will not tolerate Pakistan either. Let time tell.
Modi dest yed all relationship with neighbours.
India needs to seriously revisit its. Foreign policy I cannot think of one neighbouring country except Bhutan with whom our relationship is one of tust and shared intrests.
Q: did india knew Taliban was taking over Afghanistan? how did the Afghan army which india trained surrendered without a fight? NDA produces coward jawans?
He is most incompetent EAM since 1947. Even after being a career diplomat all his life, he is a big zero.
Look at Taliban as Pakistan te rorts. Keep out of any dealings with Afghanistan.
R Venkatesh Govind
Only Modijee can save the neighbourhood countries by making frequent es at UN meetings as well as Red Fort. Jaishankarjee is Asst Saviour.
What Indian foreign secretary Mr. Jaishankar is saying is not interests of public, Afghanistan’s fiasco is crucial component have relevance to be discussed just that time?
The divergences between U.S and India is not only on Afghanistan but in fact from the time when PM Modi and BJP came to power in 2014
Modi has rebuilt relations with neighours.. earlier for name sake they were friends but they were betrying us..
The reality is just the opposite. Dged relationship with all neighbours
because of modi all neighbours of India are in open rebellion, they are all supporting china, while India is isolated. even Nepal is supporting china. modi has single handedly dest yed all foreign relations...