External affairs Minister S Jaishankar spelling out foriegn policy under Modi Govt 2.0 at an event organized by a think tank on the theme changing world changing India…..what was visible was continuity in change.
S Jaishankar said that globalisation is under stress and there is a growth of nationalism. This has led to Global rebalancing with the rise of India and China and the biggest manifestation of changing India is the recent Lok Sabha poll result.
External Affairs minister said that diplomacy today furthers national growth and economic interests. The Indian model of growth is to grow with the world. So India forges partnerships related to flagship programmes and larger economic goals.
He stressed on the need for closer regional partnerships and the need to re-look at existing partnerships.
Modi government 2.0 will see a shift India’s regional outlook with an increased focus on the Indo-Pacific and India’s Eastern boundaries.
A clear indicator is the invitation to BIMSTEC member states to attend PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony.
PM Modi has made the regional grouping central to his government’s outreach.
BIMSTEC includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal, and Bhutan.
More than two decades old, today the grouping covers around 21 percent of the world’s population and a combined gross domestic product of more than $2.5 trillion.
The thread of continuity in foreign policy can be seen with Maldives and Sri Lanka emerging as Prime Minister Modi’s first port of calling after taking oath, in keeping with the neighbourhood first and SAGAR push over the past 5 years.