New Delhi: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said India is better placed now than before in shaping the global agenda, whether it is climate change or sustainable development.
Addressing a press briefing on the 100 days of the second term of the Narendra Modi administration, the minister said India’s views are taken seriously at multilateral meetings today and Asia’s third largest economy has the role of contributing in global stage in many ways.
“India has to be seen, India has to be heard. India has to, in a sense, be contributing in many ways. India’s personality in the international stage has to express itself," the minister said commenting on the evolution of India’s foreign policy.
“My point is our ability, our appetite to shape the global agenda is much more now than before. You can see that in the area of climate change," said the minister. “Today, in the big debates at multilateral forums, India’s voice and view are heard much more clearly," said the minister.
The minister also said there is a strong link between what the nation does at home for national, economic and social progress and what is done abroad in terms of diplomacy. “We are leveraging global capabilities, technologies, best practices, resources and partnerships in many ways," said the minister.