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Most Indians recognise country’s global stature has risen in last 5 yrs: Jaishankar 

New Delhi, June 6

Most Indians recognised that India’s global stature had risen in the last five years and this played a role in the NDA government retaining power for a second consecutive term, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Thursday.

A “global rebalancing” is taking place and its “sharpest manifestation”is the rise of China and, to an extent, the rise of India as well, Jaishankar said during an interaction at a seminar.

“A large majority of people in India recognised that India’s stature in the world has risen in the last five years,” the minister said, adding that the government had kept alive and perhaps even strengthened expectations of change in India.

The government looks different from outside than from inside, Jaishankar, who served as foreign secretary from 2015-18, said without elaborating.

In his first public event after becoming the External Affairs Minister, he said the elections were a vote of confidence in the management of national security and foreign policy was integrated with it. 

In addition, a large part of India’s economy has been externalised and there is need for India’s foreign policy to help Indian companies gain better access to overseas markets.

Jaishankar was addressing The Growth Net Summit 7.0, being organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Ananta Centre.

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