Show Me A Country Which Says Everybody Is Welcome: S. Jaishankar

Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar responded openly on the issue of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and foreign policy at the Global Business Summit in Delhi on Saturday. S Jaishankar bluntly said to the countries criticising the CAA – “Show me a country in the world which says everybody in the world is welcome. Nobody says that . CAA is our internal issue. It should have nothing to do with any country.”

On the foreign policy of the government, he said that now we are recognising our true friends in the world.

Question: What will happen if India is unable to explain its position on CAA to the world? 

S jaishankar: There is a world beyond the media. I am associated with the governments of the countries of the world. In Brussels, I spoke to 27 foreign ministers on the CAA. The government and parliament have the power to set the conditions of citizenship in the country. We have given shelter to a large number of people who had no citizenship.

S. Jaishankar also slammed the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet for her comment on CAA, he said “She has been wronged before.” Jaishankar said, “She has been wrong on many issues before. 

Talking about the UN Human Right Commission, S Jaishankar said, “I have seen from the same body, reports about, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, how carefully they skirt around cross border terrorism problem, as though it has somehow nothing to do with the country next door.”

Question: Are we losing our friends in the world ?

S Jaishankar: Maybe we are getting to know who our friends really are. Kind of a geopolitical assessment, there was a time when India was very defensive. Our capabilities were less, our risks were higher. We adopted a policy of managing the world and kind of staying away. We can’t do that anymore. We are the fifth-largest economy in the world. We will one day be the third-largest economy in the world. Nature of the world has changed.

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