New Delhi: Presenting the report card of her ministry before the media, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday that the first three months of the new government were very difficult but nonetheless they worked hard.
“Our tenure has been full of challenges but have we faced those challenges and moved forward,” she said.
Batting for the BJP-led NDA government she opined, “This government is proactive, strong and sensitive.” Talking about her own ministry she said, “EAM was pro-active and conveyed a strong message to various nations which reflected that our government is strong. Our government sent clear message to Pakistan on separatists.”
On the challenges of diplomacy Swaraj held the view that it teaches one how to better ties with neighbours.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited all heads of SAARC states to the swearing-in, so our diplomacy started immediately after the swearing-in. We also covered four SAARC nations within these three months, ” she said.
“But the government is also sensitive. We evacuated many people from Iraq and Libya and many were many were provided tickets from the Indian Embassy,” she added.
Talking about her visits to Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam and Modi's visit to Japan she said, “Look East is an important policy.”
Swaraj was also hopeful of Chines premier’s visit to India this month saying, “We have good relations with China but its that of cooperation and competition. We hope Chinese PM's visit to India will be fruitful.”
However, she was non-committal on a possible Modi-Nawaz Sharif's meet in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA event. “We will see as the situation develops. Nothing is decided beforehand,” Swaraj said.
The Foreign Affairs Minister also promised to open passport centres in Northeastern states by next year and organise camps in all districts.
“Passport Sewa Camps will be opened in the Northeast,” she said.