EAM S Jaishankar On Indian's Biggest Diplomatic Challenge | Times Now Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with Navika Kumar, Times Group Editor-in-Chief, EAM S Jaishankar talked about the biggest diplomatic challenge India faced in recent times.
EAM S Jaishankar

EAM S Jaishankar during an exclusive with Times Now

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Tuesday talked about the biggest diplomatic challenge India faced in recent times. In an exclusive interview with Navika Kumar, Times Group Editor-in-Chief, Jaishankar revealed that during the New Delhi G20 event, Ukraine was a burning topic and it was difficult to bring consensus on the G20 Declaration.
"I would like to tell you about G20. During G20 Ukraine was a burning topic. We used to think that we wouldn't be able to get everyone to come to a consensus. We worked for the entire year to make the G20 event a success, but if we couldn't get everyone on board, it would be a problem. There was a huge gulf between the West and Russia, even China was very inclined towards Russia," the External Minister said.
"So, there was a big gap and it was our responsibility to make G20 a success at any cost. Last, two days before the final meeting for G20 were very stressful. We didn't sleep for 2-3 days in a row as we were busy negotiating," Jaishankar revealed.
Jaishankar's Statement:
Notably, last year in September, under India's G20 presidency, the group adopted the New Delhi Leaders Summit Declaration.
The declaration focuses on strong, sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth. "We, the Leaders of the G20, met in New Delhi on 9-10 September 2023, under the theme 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'. We meet at a defining moment in history where the decisions we make now will determine the future of our people and our planet. It is with the philosophy of living in harmony with the surrounding ecosystem that we commit to concrete actions to address global challenges," the Declaration stated.
While speaking on India's involvement in stopping the Russia-Ukraine war, Jaishankar said that Prime Minister Modi had called Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop the shelling to make way for Indian students.
"If you ask me about stopping the war, then my answer would be yes. I am a witness of the same. I can give you the date. I can give you time. I can give you how long. I can tell you how. And I can tell you for whom. This has been done twice. Firstly it was done on March 5 in Kharkiv. Our students were on their way to the nearest safe zone. Heavy shelling was taking place. Our Prime Minister called President Putin and asked him to stop the shelling to make way for our students," the EAM said.
"Upon the Prime Minister's request, the Russian Army stopped the shelling and our teachers could reach the safe zone. Another crucial incident took place on March 8. A 3-way fight was going on between Ukraine, Russia and local militia. Our students wanted to leave that area and we tried to stop the conflict. But, our efforts couldn't see the light. Firing resumed as soon as our students entered the bus. Students had to leave the bus and return to their hostel. So we went to the Prime Minister and told him to boost the morale of the students. We suggested that people from Delhi should go there and speak to the students," Jaishankar added.
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