On the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, the Maldives cabinet minister and foreign secretary speak to The Wire about the country’s relations with India, its major infrastructure projects and whether the South Asian nation could be piling up excessive debt.
India’s foreign policy cannot be centred around personalities any more.
In his inauguration speech at the second Raisina Dialogue, the prime minister took a stand on China’s grand connectivity project and urged Pakistan to shun terrorism if it wants good relations with India.
India has to improve its connectivity with growth markets and link into Asia’s production and supply chains. We cannot be left isolated in our own backwater.
After having done some legwork on the connectivity front, India needs to take ownership of its ideas and articulate them cogently, making it clear to regional partners that it is not vying for influence against China or other powerful actors.
The Foreign Secretary indicated that action against terror by Pakistan will take priority over bilateral talks in the aftermath of the Pathankot strike.