Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Supports Government’s Stance on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Supports Government’s Stance on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, has expressed his support for the Indian government’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. He stated that India has rightly prioritized its national and economic interests while making appeals for peace. Manmohan Singh made these remarks in an interview before the G20 summit. He also cautioned against using foreign policy for domestic political gains.

The G20 Summit, which India is hosting this year, is scheduled for September 9 and 10. It will witness the participation of leaders from several countries, including U.S. President Joe Biden. Notably, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will not be attending the summit.

During the interview, Manmohan Singh, who served as Prime Minister during two terms under Congress party leadership from 2004 to 2014, was invited to a banquet organized for G20 leaders on Saturday.

“Foreign Policy Became More Important During My Time”

Manmohan Singh emphasized that foreign policy has always been a crucial element of India’s governance framework but stressed that it has become even more significant in today’s domestic politics. He advised the use of diplomacy and foreign policy with restraint when dealing with party or individual political interests.

He also stated that during his tenure, the G20 was never conceived as a forum for addressing security-related disputes. He believes that for the G20, it is vital to focus on policy coordination and find solutions to challenges like climate change, inequality, and global trade, rather than getting embroiled in security conflicts.

Declining to Offer Advice to PM

Regarding the absence of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin from the G20 summit, Manmohan Singh expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take all necessary steps to safeguard India’s regional and global interests and reduce bilateral tensions. However, he declined to offer advice on how to handle complex political issues, stating that it would be inappropriate to advise the current government on handling intricate political matters.

In conclusion, Manmohan Singh voiced his contentment at India’s chairing of the G20 during his lifetime and expressed that he would be a witness to India hosting world leaders for the G20 Summit.

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