India has steadfastly helped countries around it – Dr. Jaishankar
India, calling on the international community to rise above narrow national agendas, told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) over the weekend that it has taken “exceptional measures in exceptional times” to help the countries around it.
Addressing the General Debate of the 77th session of the UNGA Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar noted that India’s steadfast commitment to South-South Cooperation is by now well established and well recognized.
“Our approach is based on principles of mutual respect and national ownership with a commitment to sustainable development for all,” he said.
Dr. Jaishankar highlighted that India has stood strong, contributing particularly to those nearest to it, whether it is disaster response or humanitarian assistance. He observed that India sent 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat and multiple tranches of medicines and vaccines to Afghanistan, extended credits of 3.8 billion dollars to Sri Lanka for fuel, essential commodities and trade settlement, supplied 10,000 metric tonnes of food aid and vaccine shipments to Myanmar, and filled the gap in humanitarian needs left unaddressed by political complexity.
“Even as we meet our own development targets, India offers partnerships to our brothers and sisters in Asia, in Africa and Latin America. And we do so based on their needs and their priorities,” he said. “India is prepared to take up greater responsibilities. But it seeks at the same time to ensure that the injustice faced by the Global South is decisively addressed,” he added.