No WAR with China, Sushma blasts Rahul for meeting Chinese envoy

New Delhi: Countering charges of foreign policy failure, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took a dig at Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi for meeting the Chinese Ambassador amidst the Doklam standoff. She also said that war with China or Pakistan cannot be seen a solution to the problems.    

Clarifying government's foreign policy in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Sushma said that the foreign relations, which had taken a beating during the UPA government, have improved under the Modi government. Responding to the Opposition's attack on Doklam, Sushma lashed out at Rahul Gandhi. "Dukhi hu iss baat se ki sabse bade pramukh vipakshi dal ke neta ne China ke stithi janne ke liye Bharat ke netritva se poochne ke bajaye China ke rajdoot se milna theek samjha (It is disappointing that the leader of biggest Opposition party in the country sought information from the other country and not from the Indian government)," she added. The External Affairs Minister clarified, “Doklam par negotiate nahi kar rahe keval, hum bilateral relations par baat kar rahe hain China ke saath. Hal usi se niklega (The government is not negotiating with China to find a solution to the Doklam standoff, we are talking to improve the bilateral relations with China)."       

Sushma reiterated government’s stand that terror and talks cannot go together. She said that India's continuous diplomatic pressure has ensured that now Pakistan does not remain in a denial mode. The External Affiars Minister added that the Indian government has given a roadmap for peace and friendship to Pakistan but “one-sided roadmap can’t function and terror and talks cannot go together.

Sushma ruled out any possible war with Pakistan or China. “War cannot be a solution to any problem. Even after war we need to talk to find a solution,” she added.