PM’s Three-Nation Tour

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi affirmed India’s full preparedness and unwavering commitment to safeguard its sovereignty and dignity in a recent interview with the Japanese publication Nikkei Asia, the PM em­phasized that the peace on the border was impor­tant to foster normal bilateral relations between India and its neighbors. He also underscored that the cordial India-China relationship can only be forged on the principles of mutual respect, mu­tual sensitivity, and mutual interests adding that normal India-China relations will benefit not only India and China but also the wider region and the world.

As for ties with Pakistan, the PM emphasized the desire for normal and neighborly relations with Islamabad provided the latter created a con­ducive environment free from terrorism and hos­tilities. The PM made it clear that the onus is on Pakistan to take necessary steps in this regard.

Talking about the Russia-Ukraine war, the PM expressed India’s clear and unwavering position on the conflict, saying his country maintained communication with both Russia and Ukraine. He added that cooperation and collaboration should define our times, not conflict. The comments fol­lowed the PM’s meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Japan Saturday, the first in-person meeting between the two since Russia’s invasion began. Modi After the meeting, the PM said India would do “everything we can” to help end the war.

The PM also highlighted India’s economic progress, saying the country had witnessed re­markable growth over the years. He noted that In­dia has risen from being the tenth-largest economy in 2014 to the fifth-largest globally. While acknowl­edging the challenges posed by global headwinds, he stressed that India has built a strong founda­tion in recent years, positioning the country favor­ably for future growth

Currently on a three-nation tour, the PM is in Australia on the third and final leg of his three-na­tion tour, after concluding his visit to Papua New Guinea where he co-hosted the first Forum for In­dia–Pacific Islands Cooperation summit and met leaders from the Pacific Island nations to boost bilateral ties. Modi is visiting Australia as a guest of the Australian Government. He will also attend a community event in Sydney to celebrate Austra­lia’s dynamic and diverse Indian diaspora.

The success of the tour has once again un­derscored India’s rising geopolitical profile and diplomatic heft. The country is playing now a bigger role in influencing world affairs and working to change it for the better. India’s commitment to peaceful resolutions, economic progress, and support for those in need show­cases its determination to play a constructive role on the global stage.

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