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Priority areas for Jaishankar in Modi 3.0 government: Border stability with China, cross-border terror solution with Pakistan

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Tuesday outlined distinct approaches to handling India’s relations with China and Pakistan, asserting that the country’s foreign policy under the third term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will prioritize finding solutions to long-standing “border issues” with Beijing and the “years-old cross-border terrorism” emanating from Islamabad.

Ahead of assuming charge on Tuesday after being sworn in for his second stint as the country’s foreign minister, the veteran diplomat-turned-politician noted that both neighboring countries present unique challenges, and India’s relations with them require tailored strategies.

On India’s approach toward China, Jaishankar stated, “Our focus with regard to China will be on finding a solution for the border issues.” This statement signals India’s commitment to resolving territorial disputes through dialogue and diplomatic channels.

Addressing the issue of cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan, the 69-year-old minister emphasized India’s determination to seek a resolution. “With Pakistan, we would want to find a solution to the issue of years-old cross-border terrorism,” Jaishankar said.

India has repeatedly stressed that it will not tolerate cross-border terrorism and cannot sideline the issue to improve ties with Pakistan. New Delhi has also placed the onus on Islamabad to create a conducive atmosphere free from terror, hostility, and violence.

During his remarks, Jaishankar expressed optimism that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, India’s aspirations for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) could be fulfilled within the next five years.

Highlighting India’s growing global influence, Jaishankar said, “For us, the influence of India has been steadily growing, not just in terms of our own perception but also what the other countries think.”

Jaishankar underscored India’s role as a steadfast ally to the Global South, emphasizing the country’s commitment during times of crisis and its increasing responsibilities on the international platform.

(Inputs from ANI)

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