NE is fulcrum to Larher region: External affairs minister Jaishanker

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Imphal: The world is much more complicated than sports because it has its dangers, interests and agendas , said minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar.

“So it is very important in this world of 200 countries and organisations how do we make friends and build relationships, how do we secure ourselves so in a sense its also like a sport , it is more like a team sport that we are playing for ourself. If  we are playing for the team, we have to understand the playing field very well, try to appreciate the hurdles we are going to encounter, we need to train and prepare ourself and have the mental capability and strength to overcome challenges. A bit part of what the world today means for us is that there are issues, dangers and challenges , how do we deal with them by making friends, by ensuring that we are secure so that our external interests progress. If we need weapons,  technology, right partners and political support, there are countries to understand what we are doing,” the Union minister said.

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He said this while he was attending an interaction programme with students and faculties of MU, institutes and other universities of Manipur on Saturday at City Convention Centre, Imphal.

“We need to see the world today as a competitive playing field. There are about 34 million Indians living abroad. We should see the world as a workplace and not marketplace. If our country maintain right relationships and partners, we can accelerate our growth relationship and national development,” he said.

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“Under PM Modi today is very responsive to challenges. We have also become a model in terms of digital delivery. Digital revolution is heading underway in our country as the government have maximized the opportunities,” he added.

He spoke about developing connectivity,  better health care system, trade, food,economy and export of goods and services during the function. “India’s North East is fulcrum to a larger region,” he said.

Minister of state for External Affairs Dr RK Ranjan stressed that Manipur today is organically developed and youngsters have developed a brand name for themselves. It is PM Modi’s agenda that Ministers from his government should regularly visit the North East to ensure delivery of services, he assured.

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Education minister Th.Basantakumar said that India’s Foreign policy has been one of the most successful and laudable one in recent years.

VCs of different universities, faculties and students of MU and other institutes, officials of Education department and related officials attended the function amongst others.

Minister S.Jaishankar also interacted with the business entitles of Manipur in an earlier event held today at the Classic Grande Hotel.

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