New Delhi has sent several messages earlier seeking Islamabad’s cooperation in countering cross-border terrorism. India has directly stated that terrorism and peace talks cannot run parallel. But allegation is that Pakistan keeps giving shelter and support to the militants even though it talks about peace. Cross-border provocations have also surfaced behind the recent terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
In this climate, standing on foreign soil, this message of Modi to Pakistan is considered to be particularly significant. But Modi has given the same message not only to Pakistan, but also to China, which has been continuously aggressing for the past few years. In an interview given to a media, Modi said on this day, ‘India is always ready to protect its honor and sovereignty. Peace and harmony in the border area is very important for normal bilateral relations with China as well. If the relationship with China is healthy and normal, it will benefit not only this region, but the whole world.’
At the three-day G-7 summit in Hiroshima, Modi is expected to clarify India’s position on various international challenges, including food, fertilizer and energy resources. Japan, the current president of the group, has invited India as a guest country to this G-7 meeting this time. India has been participating in G-7 meetings since 2003.
According to sources, India may get a chance to present its statement on the last two days of this meeting. On the sidelines of the meeting, Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with the heads of state of several countries. According to sources, if everything goes well, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky can sit at the same table with Modi in Hiroshima for the first time after the start of the Russia-Ukraine war.
The two have spoken on the phone several times before. Zelensky had also written to Modi a month ago asking for additional medicines and medical equipment. India responded positively. In this context, his face-to-face meeting with Zelensky is considered to be particularly significant. According to sources, the Ukrainian president will come to Hiroshima today, Saturday, to join the G-7 meeting as a representative of the guest country.
According to sources, he may have a meeting with Modi today. Since the start of the war, India has always maintained a neutral position, even as most countries of the world have sided with Ukraine or Russia. India has refrained from voting against Russia in various international organizations including the United Nations.
Will India come forward to mediate to stop the war? Responding to this question from the media today, Modi said that India has always stood for peace and will continue to do so in the future. At the same time, Modi also promised to stand by the aid seekers. In his words, ‘so that the situation does not get out of hand, we will continue to talk with both Russia and Ukraine.
Due to the war, the prices of food, fertilizers and oil have increased tremendously. In this situation, we will help those who face challenges in meeting basic needs between the two conflicting countries. Let mutual help and cooperation be the last word at this conflicting time.’