When India speaks world listens, India's global standing improved, says Sushma Swaraj

“There are 65 countries remaining to be reached out to with personal visits, which we will complete by December 2016,” the minister said.

When India speaks world listens, India's global standing improved, says Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi: On her completion of two years in office, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday briefed the media about the achievements of her ministry on foreign policy from FDI, Pakistan to India's global standing.

“There are 65 countries remaining to be reached out to with personal visits, which we will complete by December 2016,” the minister said.

She said that her government has decided to reach out to all countries in the world with help of state governments and cabinet ministers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a matter of 10 months successfully covered UAE, Saudi Arab, Iran and Qatar for better economic ties, she said.

“We envisage growth in FDI and Skill India programmes through various foreign visits. We have also move forward with various nations in nuclear agreements,” she added.

In the past two years, “We visited all SAARC nations, we also had high-level contacts with Africa, Gulf, the Arab league among others, at the highest level.

“Our NRIs have been given confidence because of our government. They feel our govt will save them if they are in trouble,” she said.

Referring to India's relation with the United States, Swaraj said, “Our engagement with US has increased but not on the cost of nation's interest. We also stage protest against them as and when required.”

She also referred to the incidents of violence against Hindus in Bangladesh and said that the government there is taking strong action against the attackers.