He said, "With Russia, India's relationship has grown very strong in the last two years as with the bonding of the two leaders".
Within hours of Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking at the Raisina Dialogue, where he highlighted India’s concerns vis a vis Pakistan on its terror agenda and for it to abandon its terror agenda to pave the way bilateral talks aside from downplaying the friction with China, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar too laid out how India views its dealings with the world, especially under Donald Trump presidency. Here are the edited excerpts from his speech at 2nd Raisina Dialogue:
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Speaking about Pakistan and its role in making regional groupings ineffective and quite negatively oriented, Jaishankar said, “SAARC was ineffective due to insecurity of one nation.” He added, “Terrorism remains ‘most pervasive challenge’ to international security.”
Underlining the importance of India’s links with other countries, especially Russia, Jaishanker said, “With Russia, India’s relationship has grown very strong in the last two years as with the bonding of the two leaders”.
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On Tuesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Pakistan to stay away from terror activities if it wants good relation with India. Modi said, “Security of our citizens is of paramount importance. Self interest alone is not in our culture or behaviour. Athriving well integrated neighbourhood is my dream.” also talked about the importance of security and his dream of a well integrated neighbourhood.
Modi also added that those in our neighbours who support violence, hatred and export terror stand isolated and ignored. Russia is an abiding friend. President Putin and I have held long conversations
In my conversation with President Elect Donald Trump, we agreed to keep building on these gains in our strategic partnership.
The Prime Minister at the second Raisina Dialogue said, “My vision for our neighbourhood led me to invite leaders of all SAARC neighbours including Pakistan for my swearing in. I had also travelled to Lahore but India alone cannot walk the path of peace.”