In a slanting reference to Pakistan, Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has said that “entire neighborhood, minus one, has been a fairly good story for regional cooperation.”
Replying a question at a session of the ‘World Economic Forum’ in New Delhi, Mr. Jaishankar was quoted saying, “I would say the entire neighborhood, minus one, had actually been a fairly good story of regional cooperation.”
While highlighting the contributions made by India across the globe, he continued that New Delhi is willing to engage more with nations related to distinct matters.
Mr. Jaishankar said, “We are in a very unique position. Being a market economy, and a democratic and socially pluralistic country, we have comfort with the West. Being a part of rising Asia, we have comfort with a lot of rebalancing with Asian countries.”
“While working with countries of Asia and Africa, we have a much stronger bonding with those countries. You saw recently at the UN, the willingness today to go out and engage with countries, visit more countries and therefore you can see a new energy in our foreign affairs,” added the Indian Foreign Minister.
S Jaishankar further said that he wanted to see the country’s foreign policy influential enough to decide global outcomes.
“India is an exception as we are more nationalistic, but at the same time we don’t see a tension between being nationalistic and being international, in the sense of engaging more with the world, so nationalism is not a negative sentiment,” stated Mr. Jaishankar.