External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is addressing the annual press conference of Ministry of External Affairs on the eve of 3 years of Narendra Modi government. She said that the relationship between India and the United States under Donald Trump administration is progressing the way it was during the regime of former President Barack Obama.
Sushma said there was no flip-flop on part of the government in handling Pakistan.
“Pakistan cannot take Kashmir issue to International Court of Justice. Kashmir issue can only be resolved bilaterally,” she said.
She was replying to a question on reported remarks of Pakistani law officer that Islamabad will take the Kashmir issue to ICJ.
“We want to resolve all issues with Pakistan bilaterally but talks and terror cannot go together,” the minister said.
Here are the lighlights:
#Will raise airspace violation issue with China
#This will have no effect on our relation and agreement with Qatar: EAM Sushma Swaraj on Gulf diplomatic rift
#Nothing is fixed from both sides: EAM Sushma Swaraj on possibility of PM Narendra Modi-Nawaz Sharif meeting at Astana SCO Summit
#We have three pillars of our policy related to Pakistan: 1. We want to resolve all the issues through dialogues, 2. No mediator required, 3. Terrorism and talks can't happen together
#We are very clear, no third party mediation in talks with Pakistan
#Pakistan is a country for us but when we chalked out an outline of foriegn policy, we didn't take its name
#We are talking to China on the issue
#CPEC is about sovereignty. Kashmir is integral part of India, no question of compromise
#Indo-US relation under Trump progressing just the way it was during Obama regime
#H1B1 Visa: Yes concern is there but there are amendments that can't be made through executive order
#There has been 37.5% increase in FDI in last three years
#We have worked towards the improvement and expansion of passport services
#80,000 people stranded abroad successfully brought back to India, in last 3 years
#India is playing a major role in deciding the global agenda and PM Narendra Modi is in the list of leading leaders
#There's do denying the fact that Modi government has taken various steps for the betterment of the poor
#I am in front of you today after 3 years
#We have harmonious relations with Cyprus and Turkey
#We have good relations with Israel and Palestine. Both this countries share a sour relationship
#There is a bitterness in the relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, but we have better relations with both
#Our relations improved with Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, considered close to Pakistan