The situation in Sri Lanka is very sensitive, very complex: Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday described the current situation in Sri Lanka as “very sensitive and very complex” and said India’s focus is on the economic aspects of the neighboring country. The minister said New Delhi’s commitment and support is to the friendly people of the island nation and it seeks to help them get through the most difficult phase of their lives.

“The situation in Sri Lanka is very sensitive, it is very complex. Even when we speak, many developments are taking place”, the minister said in response to a question at a press meet-the-press event organized by the Press Club and Journalists Association in Thiruvananthapuram. Jaishankar said India The people of Sri Lanka were highly supportive in the past few months.

“What I can tell you is that our commitment, our support is to the Sri Lankan people because they are our neighbours, they are friendly people. We want to help them get through a very difficult phase of their lives and build friendships. Because of this spirit, we have supported him immensely over the past few months.” Asked about the possibility of India granting asylum to prominent members of the then-powerful Rajapaksa family, who have been trying to flee due to massive public anger against them for their mishandling of the economy that has bankrupted the country. The minister said that the focus of India right now is on the economic situation of Sri Lanka and it was not involved in other matters.

“Our focus right now is on the economic situation of Sri Lanka, how can we help them…we are not involved in other matters,” Jaishankar said. On Sunday, the External Affairs Minister had said that India had pledged USD 3.8 billion to support Sri Lanka during the Sri Lankan economic crisis, which was building up over a period of time.

The Union Minister has said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi A neighborhood first policy is where the government makes special efforts to try and support the neighbors of the country to meet their needs.

Meanwhile, Jaishankar took a tough stand on the Sino-India border line and said that any unilateral attempt to change the Line of Actual Control (LAC) will not be “repulsed” by India, and stressed that the result of the ongoing problem The neighbors who occupied strategic areas in 1962. The Union minister’s response came while replying to a question demanding India’s official position in relation to former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, which claimed that “Chinese infiltration is increasing” in Indian territory.

He also said that India is seen globally as a compassionate nation, when asked whether its image has changed to intolerant. “What has happened in the last two years, we have been very clear and very effective in ensuring that no attempt will be made by us to unilaterally change the status quo on the Line of Actual Control,” Jaishankar said.

He said that efforts are on to resolve the border issues through talks between the military commanders and diplomats of both the countries. Jaishankar said the border issues with the eastern neighbor were largely due to China’s annexation of large parts of India including Ladakh in 1962- during the Congress rule.

Taking a jibe at Gandhi, he said, “I don’t see anything new in what was said in his tweet, because you all know that a big part of our problem at the border is because the Chinese came in 1962 on a large scale. Areas including Ladakh.” Jaishankar said, “Many of these are strategic areas which clearly pose challenges for our border forces.” Talks are going on about it.

“These (discussions) are related to friction points where we are positioned very closely with each other and the focus is to see if disruption was possible at these friction points. There has been a lot of disruption in the past year. Still some There are issues… discussions are going on. I myself have raised this issue with the Chinese foreign minister when I met him in Bali (G20 foreign ministers meeting),” Jaishankar said. “So, I think we Very frank and very open about it. So, I really don’t know what the confusion is,” he said.

In his tweet, Gandhi had alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is afraid of China, hides the truth from the public, just protects his image, demoralizes the army and plays with the security of the country. Asked whether the China-Pakistan maritime exercise – Sea Guardians – poses a threat to Indian maritime security, the minister said security is always a priority and is at the top of the country’s foreign policy.

“Therefore, whenever we feel that the security interests of the country are in any way affected, we will do whatever we deem necessary to ensure our security.” “We have demonstrated this in various situations. In some ways you saw in Uri and Balakot. You have also seen that even on the LAC with China, where even in the midst of Covid-19 in 2020, we actually sent a huge number of troops there to defend the LAC effectively,” he said. Jaishankar said that India is aware of and monitors maritime activity in the seas and oceans to its south.

“Whatever we feel, we do what we need to do,” the minister said. Asked whether India’s image abroad has changed from kind and gentle to intolerant, Jaishankar said this is not true.

He said that India is still seen as a compassionate nation in view of its actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, while even when dealing with domestic challenges, it was providing vaccines to countries that needed to reach them. It was getting difficult. The minister further said that India is also seen as a country capable of taking care of its people, as seen during the Ukraine-Russia war when it evacuated almost all its students from the war zone. Had taken.

On the controversial remarks of expelled BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, Jaishankar said that initially there was some concern among Arab countries, once the Indian government clarified its stand, they saw the truth. “We have good relations with the Gulf countries and they trust our government,” he said.

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