Ruchira Kamboj emphasizes India’s multi-dimensional and independent policy
On Thursday after India assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of December, India’s Permanent Representative Ruchira Kamboj said “India is a big country that “stands tall and proud on its own” with its own relations with competing international blocs and nobody pushes it around.”
On December 1, India was elected to lead the 15-member UN Security Council for the month of December. During this time, India will hold major conferences on multilateralism reform and terrorism prevention. India has taken over the presidency of the Security Council when it is paralyzed on the invasion of Ukraine by veto-wielding Russia and the global tensions reflected in it.
When Kambhoj was asked at a news conference about Russia’s Foreign Minister’s assertion that the western military group NATO was pushing New Delhi towards an anti-Moscow and anti-Beijing alliance, she said, “We do have a relationship with Russia, an important relationship with Russia… And as far as the relationship with the US is concerned, it’s a comprehensive strategic partnership, which has never been closer, tighter, or stronger than it is today.”
India’s open lines of communication with the West and to Russia could be useful in this context. Ukraine issues were not included in the Council’s program of work for the month adopted on Thursday but Kamboj said she expected it to come up.
Diplomatic sources said that the western countries were planning to bring up as early as next week the humanitarian situation in Ukraine that is under a fierce attack by Russia.
Looking from the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine that is driving the discourse, Kamboj said: “We have been very clear and consistent right from the outset, we have spoken in one voice, that we are for peace. Peace is also a right. And we favor that diplomacy and dialogue.
“To this end, our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) is speaking to both sides, and our Foreign Minister (S Jaishankar) is speaking to both sides. We are among the few countries, dare I say this, which is speaking to both.”
She recalled Modi telling Russia’s President Vladimir Putin “This is not an era of war”, and said that it “has received global acceptance” and was included in the G-20‘s recent declaration.
G-20, the group of major industrialized and emerging economies, at its summit in Bali last month accepted the wording for a consensus to adopt the declaration.
She also said that India has condemned the attacks on civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. Kamboj said that India was assisting Ukraine, sending it 12 medical consignments and financial assistance to build educational institutions.
Asked by a reporter about the protests in China and its government’s Covid policy, she said” “We don’t comment on the internal and domestic matters of other countries; it is not for us to comment on that.”
[With Inputs from IANS]
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