‘Countries wanted to talk to us…’: Jaishankar on India’s growing role in the world order
India can play a stabilizing and bridging role at a time when the world does not have an “optimistic picture” and the international community is worried, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said.
He said that India can also help reduce risks in the global economy and, in political terms, in some way help depolarize the world.
“The big picture, quite honestly, in the world is not an optimistic picture. I think we have a very worried international community,” Jaishankar told a group of Indian reporters at a news conference in Washington on Wednesday. .
Jaishankar said there are more than opportunities for India as it is a very difficult situation.
“I think there are contributions that India can make. I think we have a stabilizing role today. We have a relay role. We have a diplomatic role. We really have to look in economic terms, how can we help reduce the risks of the global economy? I think in political terms, how can we somehow help to depolarize the world? ” he said.
“I think those are really expectations that a lot of other countries, especially countries in the South, have of us. Obviously we’re going to try to do what we can and we keep in touch with all the countries in the bottom of the world. world,” he said.
During his just-concluded trip to New York to attend the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, Jaishankar had nearly 100 meetings with world leaders and his counterparts around the world.
“Today there is an expectation and here I come back to my UNGA discussion. One of the reasons why there were so many meetings this time around. Frankly, there was a lot of demand for meetings. Countries wanted talk to us,” he said.
“Countries wanted to talk to us, because there is a belief that we are in touch with key players, we can influence them, we can shape thinking, we can contribute, we are ready, sometimes to say things that a lot of people ‘others cannot see, or have reached out to countries and leaders in a way that may not be possible for everyone,’ he said.