India aims to address the “issue of cross-border terrorism” with Pakistan, says FM Jaishankar

Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar emphasized his country’s desire to address the longstanding issue of cross-border terrorism with Pakistan during a statement on Tuesday.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi commenced his record-equalling third term with a grand swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. This event, attended by leaders from seven neighboring countries, underscored India’s commitment to its “neighbourhood first” policy. However, Jaishankar pointed out distinct challenges in relations with China and Pakistan following his reappointment.

Jaishankar stated, “With Pakistan, we aim to resolve the persistent issue of cross-border terrorism, which is incompatible with good neighborly relations.”

On Monday, diplomatic exchanges occurred between leaders of India and Pakistan via undisclosed channels. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, along with his elder brother Nawaz Sharif, extended congratulations to Modi, marking Pakistan’s initial response to the Indian election results.

The communication began with PM Shehbaz’s concise congratulatory message on a private platform. He tweeted, “Felicitations to @narendramodi on taking oath as the Prime Minister of India,” echoing Modi’s similar message to him in March. Modi responded with gratitude: “Thank you @cmshehbaz for your good wishes.”

The dialogue expanded with Nawaz Sharif, head of the ruling PML-N, delivering a more detailed message emphasizing collective peace in South Asia. Modi, while reaffirming India’s commitment to peace, emphasized the importance of security, especially concerning allegations of cross-border terrorism.

PM Shehbaz’s noticeable absence from the list of regional leaders invited to Modi’s swearing-in ceremony highlighted the strained relations between India and Pakistan.

Regarding relations with China, Jaishankar underscored India’s focus on resolving border issues that have historically strained ties between the two nations. “There are ongoing border issues with China, and our priority is to find solutions,” he stated.

India and China share a 3,800-kilometer border, much of which lacks demarcation, and the two nations fought a war over it in 1962. Tensions escalated in July 2020 following deadly clashes, prompting renewed efforts to address border disputes.

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