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First Namaste and then… What did S. Jaishankar say from the UN platform that will irritate many countries including Canada?

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar began his address during the general debate at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday by saying Namaste (Hello from India) on behalf of India. He began his more than 17-minute address by saying Namaste on behalf of India with folded hands. At the end of the speech he said, I am speaking for a society where the ancient traditions of democracy have taken deep modern roots. As a result, our thinking, efforts and actions are now more grounded and authentic.

India on Tuesday called on UN member states not to let political convenience come in the way of deciding their response to terrorism, extremism and violence. The statement was an attack on Canada amid the diplomatic standoff. While addressing the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly here, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also said that respect for territorial integrity and interference in internal affairs cannot be exercised selectively. He said that gone are the days when some nations set the agenda and expected others to accept their views.

Action on terrorism due to political convenience… S Jaishankar made a big attack on UN without naming Canada
The Foreign Minister said, we should not allow injustice like vaccine discrimination to happen again. Climate action also cannot continue while shirking historical responsibilities. Market power should not be used to divert food and energy out of the hands of the needy and into the hands of the wealthy. The minister said, “Nor should we let political convenience dictate our response to terrorism, extremism and violence.”

His comments appear to be in reference to Canada whose Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently alleged the possible involvement of Indian agents in the killing of a Khalistani extremist leader in his country. India had termed his statement as nonsense and politically motivated. India termed Trudeau’s allegation as politically motivated and said it was largely biased.

Jaishankar said, as a civilizational polity that has assimilated modernity, we bring together both tradition and technology equally with faith. This combination defines what India is today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was addressed as India’s leader at the G20 summit hosted by India this month in Delhi. The government mentioned India as the name of the country in various official G20 documents.

This post originally appeared on navbharattimes.indiatimes.com

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