On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that relations between India and the US are closer than ever and that there is an “unprecedented trust” between the two governments. Before his first state visit to the US, Modi spoke with The Wall Street Journal about global politics and said, “India deserves a much higher, deeper and wider profile and role.”
Modi stated that regular bilateral relations between India and China depend on calm and tranquillity in the border regions.
“We firmly believe in upholding the rule of law, respecting national and territorial integrity, and finding peaceful solutions to conflicts. India is simultaneously totally dedicated to protecting its sovereignty and dignity, Modi told the American publication.
He laid emphasis on the fact that relations between Washington and New Delhi are more solid and extensive than ever. According to PM Modi, there is “unprecedented trust” between the US and Indian governments.
Regarding the conflict in Ukraine, Modi stated, “Some people claim that we are neutral. We’re not impartial, though. We support the cause of peace.” He stated that “all countries should respect international law and national sovereignty. War should not be used to settle differences; instead, diplomacy and communication should be used.”
Modi claimed to have had numerous conversations with both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He claimed to have recently spoken with Zelenskyy outside the May G7 summit in Japan. According to him, “India will do whatever it can and support all sincere efforts to end the conflict and ensure long-term peace and stability.”
Modi stated in his interview that international organisations like the UN need to change. “Look at the membership of key institutions — does it truly represent the voice of democratic values?” he remarked.
“Does a place like Africa have a voice? India is a major economic power and has a sizable population, but is it actually there?”
Regarding India’s desire to join the UN Security Council, the prime minister cited the nation’s contribution of troops to international peacekeeping missions.
“The world should be asked if it wants India to be a member of the council after a review of the council’s current membership,” he said.
The Indian government has made significant investments in infrastructure and education, according to a US daily, and it is prepared to benefit as global corporations move to diversify their supply chains and manufacturing in an era of geopolitical unrest.
“Please understand that we do not consider India as displacing any other nation. We envisage India assuming its proper role in the world via this process,” Modi told the newspaper.
“Today’s globe is more connected and dependent on one another than ever before. More supply chain diversification is necessary to build resilience,” he said. Modi mentioned in his interview that he is the first prime minister to be born in independent India.
“And as a result, my cognitive process, my behaviour, and the things I say and do are motivated by and shaped by the characteristics and traditions of my nation. It gives me my strength,” he remarked. He declared, “I present myself and my country to the world as they are.”