NEW DELHI: The Opposition may be questioning Narendra Modi’s absence in Parliament due to his numerous foreign visits, but the Centre said Prime Minister have “rekindled” international interest and restored “global confidence” in India.
External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj made a suo moto statement on the PM’s visits in both the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, saying during a time of uncertainty and turbulence in the world, the Modi-led government was seen as one of the positive developments in the world.
“There is unprecedented optimism about India’s rapid progress under the Prime Minister’s leadership; and, widespread expectation of effective and meaningful contribution from India for advancing peace, stability and prosperity in the world,” Sushma said.
Terming that external engagement has moved with speed in the last six months, the minister said the government has set new milestones and reached new frontiers in India’s foreign policy. “The global response has been just as unparalleled,” she added. Since the last session of Parliament, the Prime Minister has visited Japan, the US, Myanmar, Australia, Fiji and Nepal, besides participating in the UNGA. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Chinese President Xi Jinping travelled to India in September. She said the PM was the first Indian PM to visit Australia in 28 years; the first Indian PM to visit Fiji in 33 years and first Indian PM to visit Nepal in 17 years. “During the course of these few months, the Prime Minister has met around 45 international leaders from every inhabited continent of the world. He has participated in the India-Asean Summit, the East Asia Summit, the G20 Summit and the Saarc Summit - each of which is crucial to the future of our region, Asia and the world,” Sushma said.