BJP lauds 'bold, proactive foreign policy' of Modi government

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Bengaluru, April 3: The Narendra Modi government has "moved with speed and resolve on a scale rarely seen in our external engagement, to restore Bharat's position in international affairs and rebuild partnerships" across the world, with the prime minister and the external affairs minister together engaging with 94 countries in the first 10 months, the party said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in its resolution on foreign policy at its national executive meet here, titled "Our national ambition is Bharat's rise as a strong and respected world power", said the party takes "great pride in the significant new strides the foreign policy of our country has made under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Prime Minister Modi in the last ten months".

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It said that Modi has pursued a "bold, proactive and innovative foreign policy that is aligned with our government's primary goal of accelerating national economic development; and to fulfil Bharat's global responsibilities as the world's most populous youth nation and largest democracy".

It coined five "S"s of its foreign policy: Samman or dignity and honour; Samvad - greater engagement and dialogue; Samriddhi - shared prosperity; Suraksha - regional and global security; and Sanskriti evam Sabhyata - cultural and civilizational linkages. These five themes have become the Panchamrit - new pillars of our foreign policy, the resolution said.

The party said the government has pursued greater global engagement with countries of all regions "ignoring power-bloc politics".

"We have rendered irrelevant geo-politics of hyphenation while boosting bilateral relationships without being influenced by any third country. We have successfully deepened our engagement with all major powers and with countries in every region of the world."

"Our engagement has been characterised by independence of thought and action, and self confidence that comes from our heritage and draws strength from it. In just ten short months our prime minister and foreign minister together have engaged with 94 countries from every part of the world, adding a new dimension to our global mission of peace, partnership and prosperity."

The resolution said the government has "successfully blended our foreign policy with national economic development goals with a new level of emphasis on improving Bharat's access to capital, technology, resources, energy and skills".

It said Modi's Make in India initiative has attracted "unprecedented global interest and confidence in Bharat".

"There is optimism about Bharat's emergence as an anchor of the global economy and as a leader in advancing peace and prosperity across the world."

IANS

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