External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said that China is not protesting membership of India in NSG. Stating that China is talking only about the criteria and procedures to be adopted for membership of the elite 48-nation atomic trading bloc, Swaraj said India was hopeful that it will be able to convince China to give its backing. The NSG works under the principle of unanimity and even one country’s vote against India can scuttle its bid.
At a press conference in the national capital, to highlight her ministry’s achievements over the last two years, Swaraj spoke on range of issues including terrorism, economic ties with different countries, FDI Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi.
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Here are some of the highlights from her press conference today:
* Have conveyed to China that sitting in (UN) 1267 committee for Lakhvi, Azhar is an obstruction in global fight against terrorism.
* India wants peaceful settlement of South China Sea dispute
* ED sent us an extradition request for Vijay Mallya, our team suggested few changes which has been sent to ED
* Request for extradition of Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi will be forwarded to UK once it is received from ED
* Our engagement with the United States has increased but not at the cost of the nation’s interest. We also stage protests against them as and when required
* Incidents of violence in Bangladesh unfortunate. Bangladesh government is taking strong action against it
* We have difficult issues to resolve with Pakistan. There is ease and warmth in the relations between the two countries at present
* Not correct to say that in a bid to secure membership in NSG, we have disregarded Saarc
* NIA has not been denied permission to go to Pakistan and probe. Pakistan has only asked for time to conduct a proper probe from their end
* Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pak have not been cancelled, but we are only awaiting probe from Pakistan side on Pathankot attack
* We are trying to ensure that India becomes a member of NSG by the end of this year itself
* NSG entry is crucial for India’s energy policy. China is not protesting membership of India in NSG, it is only talking of criteria procedure-confident China will back India
* We are not opposed to any country’s entrance into NSG based on merit, including Pakistan
* PM Narendra Modi in a matter of 10 months covered UAE, Saudi Arab, Iran and Qatar successfully, for better economic ties.
* We envisage growth in FDI and Skill India programs through various foreign visits, have moved forward with various nations in nuclear agreements
* We have decided to reach out to almost all countries in the world with help of state governments and Cabinet Ministers. We can’t bring in FDI sitting at home. This year we have contacted 140 countries, we will contact 65 more nations.
* Aaj jab Bharat bolta hai, duniya sunti hai (Today when India speaks, the world listens)
* The minister said since the Modi government took charge in May 2014, there had been a substantial FDI inflow.
* As much as $55 billion or Rs 369,000 crore has come through the FDI route in the last two years. It is about a 43 per cent jump over what it was during the UPA rule.
* The foreign outreach had helped India enlist assistance of global players like the US, France, Germany and England in flagship schemes like ‘Smart Cities’
* With Australia alone, we had 13 agreements on skill development, there had been cooperation with countries such as Germany and Japan for ‘Namami Ganga’ programme.