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For new Indian gov't, improving ties is a priority

Publication Date : 29-05-2014


Sushma Swaraj, the first woman to become the first woman external affairs minister in independent India's history, said she would prioritise showcasing India's strengths to the world and improving the country's ties with neighbouring countries, strategic partners, Africa, Europe and others.

Swaraj was supposed to take charge on Tuesday but she had to delay it by a day owing to her hectic schedule as she had to be present in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meetings with visiting heads of states on Tuesday.

She spoke briefly with the media and answered a few questions regarding the PM's meetings with SAARC leaders and the leader of Mauritius. 

“I think talks with SAARC leaders were successful,” she said. “Talks and good relations can be successful and right only when terrorism is stopped. But if bomb blasts continue, then the talks will be lost in the din. This is what Narendra Modi told Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,” she said.

Modi also asked the Pakistain Prime Minister for a speedy trial of the 26/11 accused who were still in Pakistan, she said. The issue of Tamil fishermen and the 13th Amendment were raised by the PM during his meeting with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

When asked about Japan and the United States, and whether India's ties with the former were becoming more important than those with the latter, Swaraj said the ties with the two countries could not be compared with each other.


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