From improved ties with Saarc nations as well as the Modi government’s attempt to bring in more FDI from across the world, Swaraj highlighted the changes brought about by the External Affairs Ministry since she assumed power.
Here are some of the highlights from her press conference today:* 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.