Attending a press briefing before PM Modi’s visit to the U.S. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale clarified India’s stand on Kashmir matter. Pushing forward India’s call from the past Gokhale said that there was no scope for a third party to intervene in the Kashmir matter.
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On asked about President Trump’s statement on being a mediator in Kashmir issue the Foreign Secretary said, “The Prime Minister has made it very clear in front of the media during his meeting with President Trump in Osaka. India does not see a role for anybody in this matter.”
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Providing details of PM’s upcoming visit to the U.S. he said that during the meeting with President Trump PM would pitch for a greater role for India at the international level. Meanwhile, President Trump has hinted to make a big announcement during the Howdy, Modi event in Houston on the 22nd September.
During his visit, PM would make an outreach to heads of the major energy producers in the U.S. like Dominion Energy. The outreach event would take place on the day of PM’s visit to the U.S. that is on 21st September. This would be then followed up by a round table conference on 25th September.
Gokhale said that PM would highlight India’s aspiration for shaping global political and socio-economic agenda in his bilateral and multilateral meetings in the U.S. Apart from the U.S. President the PM would also meet other leaders on the sidelines of UN General Assembly Session (UNGA).
PM is scheduled to meet Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina and would also hold interactions with Latin American and Caribbean nation leaders on the sidelines of UNGA. The PM would also give a speech at the UNGA. Post UNGA PM would attend a Climate Summit on September 23 and participate in a special leaders’ dialogue on terrorism co-organised by the King of Jordan.
The Foreign Secretary while elaborating India’s agenda for global outreach said that, “Our intention this year is to participate in all the plurilaterals to showcase our achievements in climate change, universal health coverage and sanitation. Multilateralism is at the center of global politics and should remain so.”
India’s team of diplomats at the UN would pitch for India’s long raised demand for the UNSC reforms and India’s membership for the security council. Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) would also be launched by India during PM’s visit.
PM would also host will host the leaders of CARICOM (Caribbean Community ) and FIPIC (Forum for Indo-Pacific Island Cooperation) during this visit of PM. This would be done in line with India’s continuous engagement with smaller and island nations.
In the past few years, smaller UN member nations and the oceanic islands have enhanced their sphere of influence at multilateral platforms like the UN General Assembly and related platforms. India’s idea is to cash it on to push its call at the International forum.