U.S. ties progressing under Donald Trump administration: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj

Indias relation with other countries has improved, says Sushma

Addressing the annual press conference of her ministry to highlight the achievements of the Modi government in last three years, Swaraj said, "80,000 people stranded overseas brought back to India in last three years".

"No meeting is scheduled either from their side or from our side", Swaraj said. We want to sort out all issues with Pakistan through talks bilaterally and not through mediation of any group, country or associations.

A 37.5% increase in FDI since NDA government took over three years ago. She said that the relations between the two countries are the same as it were during the time when Barack Obama was the president of United States.

She said the government was engaged with the Donald Trump administration as well as US Congressmen on the issue and was "alert" to any possible negative impact.

"Today, after three years, I confidently say that if we have good relations with any region in the world, then it is West Asia", Swaraj said. Terming the Indo-US ties as a relationship "of mutual benefit", she added that "US is India's major defence partner".

A Pakistani senator on Monday tabled a motion for debate on the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, taking note of the International Court of Justices (ICJ) order to suspend the capital punishment awarded to the alleged India spy.

On Pakistan's contention that it will raise jurisdiction on the merit of the Jadhav case, she said India has a very strong argument and it will win the case. "We have raised cross border terrorism at all platforms".

Swaraj spoke about a host of other things including India's ties with China and Pakistan. "Was Osama bin Laden not caught in Pakistan?" she said. But, talks have to be held without any third party intervention and without the threat of terror, she observed.

Acknowledging that the restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on H1-B Visa are a matter concern, she said that the government is talking to members of the Congress.

Asked about remarks of a Pakistan law officer that Islamabad will take the Kashmir issue to the International Court of Justice after India approached The Hague in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, Swaraj said: "Pakistan can not take Kashmir issue to ICJ". China is the only country blocking India's entry to NSG and on Sunday its Foreign Office spokesperson Li Huilai said the "new issue under the new circumstances (to allow non NPT signatory countries like India) is more complicated that previously imagined".

Addressing a joint press conference after bilateral talks during the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's visit to India in April this year, Prime Minister Modi had sought to assure of Indian efforts in bring the Teesta agreement to a closure, saying: "I assure you and people of Bangladesh of our continuing efforts on Teesta".

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