NEW DELHI: Hitting out at External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma Sunday said he cannot be in denial of the failures of foreign policy and should answer them instead.
A day after Jaishankar defended country’s foreign policy, Anand said, “Rhetoric and tweets do not change ground reality. Neighbourhood first has been a priority of India’s foreign policy but sadly derailed by a cavalier approach.” “India and Nepal have historically shared a relationship bases on trust, friendship, and mutual respect.
The present drift and tension are a matter of national concern. Foreign Minister cannot have the luxury of denial but should answer for the failures,” he tweeted. The Foreign minister had Friday attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandi, who criticised the government over poor handing of foreign affairs. “Dr Jaishankar’s reference to Mumbai terror attack was oddly out of place. As India’s Ambassador and senior diplomat, he was articulating India’s position which, for political expediency, he has chosen to criticise and disown,” Sharma said.