'Amused By Defence Of Directionless Foreign Policy': Congress's Anand Sharma

Congress’s Anand Sharma tweeted in assist of Rahul Gandhi in the present day

New Delhi:

Congress chief Anand Sharma on Sunday declared himself “amused” by International Minister S Jaishankar’s defence of a “directionless overseas coverage” and likewise questioned the centre’s use of the armed forces for “partisan propaganda”.

Mr Sharma’s six-tweet thread was in assist of occasion MP Rahul Gandhi who, on Friday, criticised the federal government over its dealing with of overseas affairs. Mr Jaishankar counter-attacked hours later with examples to point out India’s improved place in international geopolitics.

The International Minister, nonetheless, didn’t persuade Mr Sharma, who tweeted: “Amused by International Minister S Jaishankar’s defence of a directionless overseas coverage. Rhetoric and tweets don’t change floor actuality. Neighbourhood first has been a precedence of India’s overseas coverage however sadly derailed by cavalier strategy”.

The Narendra Modi authorities’s overseas affairs insurance policies have been criticised by the Congress, notably within the gentle of border disputes with each China and Nepal.

On Friday Mr Gandhi, mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “fixed blunders… have basically weakened India”. The International Affairs minister hit again by pointing to common conferences with the US, Russia and Japan, and mentioned “India engages China on extra equal phrases, politically”.

Mr Jaishankar additionally talked about Pakistan and mentioned it “… absolutely notes the distinction between Balakot and Uri on the one hand, and Sharm-el-Sheikh, Havana and 26/11 on the opposite”.

The reference invited a retort from Mr Sharma, who mentioned it was “oddly out place” and that speaking about Balakot and Uri amounted to “partisan propaganda”.

“Do I’ve to remind (you) that Indian Military, Airforce and Navy existed earlier than Might 2014 and their heroics and valour (are) revered globally. (The) Military belongs to the nation and fights beneath the tricolour. Advising in nationwide curiosity. Don’t politicise or monopolise our defence forces,” he mentioned.

Mr Sharma additionally challenged S Jaishankar’s defence of relations with Nepal, writing: “India & Nepal have traditionally shared a relationship bases on belief, friendship, and mutual respect. The current drift and rigidity are a matter of nationwide concern”.

Tensions between India and Nepal have escalated for the reason that Nepal parliament handed a constitutional modification to replace the nation’s map and declare territory owned by India.

“International coverage will need to have gravitas and depth. Engagement with strategic companions calls for seriousness… and diminished to occasion administration. Chances are you’ll create illusions by your optics, however historical past will choose you by outcomes,” Mr Sharma signed off.


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