External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj replied to opposition members in Rajya Sabha on the foreign policies adopted by Modi government on Thursday and expressed confidence that border issues with neighboring countries can be resolved through bilateral talks.
Explaining India’s stand on various strategic issues, Swaraj rejected the possibility of war with Pakistan or China saying that ‘war ‘cannot be a solution.
“War cannot resolve problems; Wisdom is to resolve issues diplomatically,” said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
Talking about Dokhlam standoff with China, Swaraj attacked Congress party over Rahul Gandhi’s meeting with Chinese ambassador.
“They should have come to us and heard the government’s position on the Sikkim standoff. They should have heard us and then countered the Chinese envoy and stated India’s stand. However, they thought it better to meet the Chinese envoy,” she said.
Swaraj also said that India’s road map is peace.
“Chinese investment has gone up in a big way and the two countries are in continuous bilateral talks,” she added.
Swaraj said it is the first time after Pathankot terror attack that ‘Pakistan has not gone on a denial mode’. She added that the Indian government has given a roadmap for peace and friendship to Pakistan but “one-sided roadmap can’t function and terror and talks cannot go together.
Replying to questions rose on the coordination between Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister’s Office. Swaraj said that her ministry facilitates all issues relating to foreign affairs.
“There is no compulsory protocol for Prime Minster to take Foreign Minister along on all tours… They go only on specific tours like SAARC…. I go on separate tours…. India is shaping global agenda today…. we get fantastic reception where ever we go,” said the Minister.
Here is the full speech of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj