We’re on the side of peace: India Foreign Minister urges Russia, Ukraine to return to dialogue and diplomacy

India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar stated on Sunday that his country is supporting peace in the present turmoil in Ukraine and that New Delhi has been working to resume conversation and

diplomacy ever since the conflict broke out since disagreements cannot be resolved by violence.

Jaishankar, who arrived India from Cyprus on the second leg of his two-nation tour, made the remarks while addressing the members of the Indian diaspora.

“This (Ukraine) conflict is really a matter of very, very deep concern… Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in September (that) we actually genuinely believe that this is no longer an era of war. You cannot settle differences and issues through violence,” Jaishankar said.

“We know this is not (an) easily resolvable

situation. But it’s important that countries who believe (in)…negotiation, speak up clearly in that regard…,” he said, adding that “we’re on the side of peace and a large part of the world thinks like us.”

Jaishankar, who is on an official visit to Austria, described the problem with China as an “intense challenge” and took a dig at Pakistan and said that the problem of cross-border terrorism from Islamabad is still continuing.

“Now, I spoke to you about the changes in governance. Let me also say that there have been obvious in this period, very profound changes in our national security. And a lot of that, of course, is centred around more intense challenges that we

face on our northern border with China. I think most of you would be familiar with that,” Jaishankar said.

“We continue to have, of course, the problem of cross-border terrorism with Pakistan,” he added. During his visit, S Jaishankar also held a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg. He tweeted, “Delighted to see my good friend Alexander Schallenberg in Vienna. My first diplomatic engagement was in 2023. Thank him for inviting us to join the traditional New Year’s concert in Vienna.”