Academic journal article Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

Indian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: The First Months of the New Government

Academic journal article Indian Foreign Affairs Journal

Indian Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: The First Months of the New Government

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Speaking at the first formal interaction with the media on 8 September 2014, Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs (MEA), catalogued the first 100 days of the new government and said that the Ministry 'began its work immediately after the swearing-in ceremony'. The Minister was referring to the unprecedented presence of the Heads of State/Government of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations (and Mauritius) at the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister on 26 May 2014.

In the few months since, the hectic activities in the diplomatic arena have seen interactions with scores of countries: Prime Ministerial visits to Bhutan, Nepal, Brazil, Japan and the USA; that of the External Affairs Minister to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Afghanistan, etc.; incoming state visits from Japan and China; foreign visits to different countries by the President and the Vice President of India; and dozens of inbound and outbound visits at the ministerial level. …

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