Managed to maintain highlight on cross-border terror: Jaishankar


Hyderabad, November 16

Relentless efforts by India helped in keeping the spotlight on cross-border terrorism it faced and the world was gradually becoming aware of the global nature of international terror, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Monday.

Without naming Pakistan, he said one of India’s immediate neighbours was indulging in state-sponsored cross-border terrorism.

“We have in our immediate neighbourhood, a particularly egregious example of state-sponsored cross-border terrorism.

The world is gradually becoming aware of the global nature of international terrorism,” he said, in a virtual address at a programme organised by the Indian School of Business (ISB) here.

The minister added: “Our relentless efforts have kept it in the spotlight bringing out the related aspects like terror finance radicalisation and cyber recruitments.”

Talking about the Vande Bharat mission, he said India brought back more than 24 lakh of its nationals from other countries during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The country also extended help in sending back over one lakh foreigners to their respective countries during the pandemic, he said.

Jaishankar said there were many lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic experience which would be reflected in coming times.

The country’s immediate focus was on economic recovery and the figures for September and October have “really been encouraging”, he said.

There was also a greater awareness globally about a more resilient supply chain and India can exploit the sentiment for additional engines of growth, by creating better conditions for production, he said.

Explaining about India’s capabilities in terms of medical equipment in the aftermath of Covid-19, he said the country currently has 15,000 dedicated facilities with 1.5 million isolation beds. — PTI



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