Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that ultimately we will do what we have to do. (File)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Country has responded firmly and has also deployed troops: Jaishankar
  • Jaishankar spoke at FICCI about the standoff with China
  • The Foreign Minister said that ultimately we will do what we have to do.
New Delhi:

New Delhi: India had an "extraordinarily difficult" challenge along its northern borders in the last three years but the country has responded resolutely and made necessary military deployments to protect the nation, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday. Jaishankar said this in his address at FICCI in the context of the ongoing standoff with China in eastern Ladakh. In her address, the External Affairs Minister also spoke about how the Narendra Modi government at the Centre confidently takes one decision after another, no matter how tough and difficult they may be.

"As you all know, in the last three years, we had extraordinarily difficult times on our northern borders in terms of challenges," Jaishankar said.

"Although this happened in the time of COVID, we still responded to it very firmly and vigorously and we stand by whatever is required for our national security to this day," he said.

Jaishankar also spoke about how India under Prime Minister Modi has tried to raise global awareness against terrorism or moved forward to cooperate under the framework of the Quad, but at that time there was a discourse that could have made one uncomfortable. This was indirectly in reference to China.

"If anyone else feels uncomfortable, it's their problem," he said.

"At the end of the day, we will do what we have to do. No matter how difficult or hard it is."

Such an approach would make us "describe us as India", he said.

Without specifically mentioning India continuing to buy crude oil from Russia, Jaishankar said the country's choices on energy purchases were driven by national interests.

Despite pressure from the West not to buy crude oil from Russia in the wake of the Ukraine conflict, India continued to do so.

He also called on big businesses to help India build its supply chain.

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