Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Foreign Secy S Jaishankar takes veiled dig at Pak at Raisina Dialogue: Full text of his address

The second day of the 2nd edition of the Raisina Dialogue, India's flagship geo-political conference attended by more than than 250 delegates from 65 countries,  saw Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar address a wide variety of subjects — Saarc, the relationship between the United States and Russia, and India's contribution to global development, progress and security.

I am delighted to welcome you all to the 2nd edition of the Raisina Dialogue. As they will probably be saying at every international gathering this year, the landscape looks dramatically different than it did a year ago. However, the organisers of this conference may have been a bit more perceptive than most. By accident or design, they have selected a theme – the new normal of multilateralism with multipolarity – that certainly fits the bill for the days ahead.

The world we enter in 2017 is marked by unevenness, possibilities, uncertainties, known and unknown unknowns. The United States seems ready to change the terms of its engagement with the world. Relations between US and Russia could undergo a transformation that we may not have seen since 1945. Its dimensions, leave alone implications, are hard to predict. Europe, engrossed in multiple domestic challenges and reconfiguring itself, signals less appetite for more distant politics, even as it watches these developments.


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