175 nations approached for Dalveer Bhandari’s ICJ bid; EAM spoke to 60 countries

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New Delhi | Published: November 21, 2017 11:14:54 PM

At the highest level also, the prime minister raised the issue during his meetings with world leaders, the official said. "India never indulged in the negative campaign. It was run on the strength of our candidate and strength of India strong constitutional system," an official said.

According to officials, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directly spoke with her counterparts from nearly 60 countries to push Bhandari’s case.

Intense efforts were made since June when India announced Judge Dalveer Bhandari’s name for the International Court of Justice and support was sought from nearly 175 nations, including at the highest level, culminating in his re-election to the world court. According to officials, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj directly spoke with her counterparts from nearly 60 countries to push Bhandari’s case. In the run up to the re-election, India made intense positive campaign regarding the candidature. It raised the issue at every possible meeting at various levels, an official said. At the highest level also, the prime minister raised the issue during his meetings with world leaders, the official said. “India never indulged in the negative campaign. It was run on the strength of our candidate and strength of India strong constitutional system,” an official said.

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