Sushma Swaraj’s veiled attack on Pakistan, China


NEW DELHI, Aug 01 (TNS): Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said India’s geopolitical overtures had resulted in better relations with all neighboring countries, with one glaring exception, in a thinly-veiled reference to Pakistan.

She said at the India-US Forum on Monday: “Our ‘Neighborhood First’ policy has yielded results with all countries in the region, barring one.”

Swaraj may also be pointing to China, with which India has been engaged in a tense stand-off at Doklam, as well as the more recent tension in Uttarakhand’s Barahoti. But the frequent ceasefire violations between India and Pakistan and the Kulbhushan Jadhav case make it a more likely candidate for the foreign minister’s verbal salvo.

Swaraj panned Pakistan for its policy of sponsoring terror outfits and their attempts to infiltrate the LoC into India. She said India’s efforts to combat terrorism had gained global recognition and it will continue working together with the US to neutralise this menace, in another oblique attack.

Emphasizing that the US is “undergoing change”, Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that these changes are creating “new opportunities for bilateral cooperation”. She said there is “growing convergence” in countering terrorism, and the “clear and unambiguous message” given jointly by PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump needs to be pursued with resolve by the international community.