India’s standing in the rapidly changing global environment has been strengthened by improving diplomatic relations, President Ram Nath Kovind stated Monday.
Kovind addressed a joint sitting of both Houses at the beginning of the Budget Session. He also spoke about instability and volatility in Afghanistan, and how India had flown a number of its citizens to Kabul and many Afghan Hindus and Sikhs from Kabul.
The President stated that India is supporting Afghanistan by delivering humanitarian supplies and foodgrain.
“India has strengthened its position in the rapidly evolving global climate through improved diplomatic relations. He stated that India chaired United Nations Security Council in August 2021, and took many important decisions. “Under the leadership of India, the Security Council held a comprehensive discussion on the issue maritime security for the first time.” He added that the Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement on the subject for the first time. It did so unanimously.
Kovind specifically mentioned India’s evacuation mission, christened “Operation Devi Shakti”, when referring to Afghanistan’s situation.
“We have seen instability and volatility in Afghanistan, our neighbor,” he said. He said that despite the current situation, India launched Operation Devi Shakti in the spirit of humanity.
“Despite the difficult circumstances, we successfully airlifted many of our citizens and many Afghan Hindus and Sikh minorities from Kabul. Kovind stated that we also brought back two’swaroops ‘of the Holy Guru Granth Sahib safe and sound amid difficult circumstances. As part of the evacuation mission, India evacuated 448 Indians and 226 Afghans from Afghanistan following the Taliban’s takeover. Kovind stated, “India is helping Afghanistan by delivering foodgrains as well as medical supplies.”
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