External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar has said the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly made all nations of the world much more aware of external risks and vulnerabilities. He said it has raised questions about the centralized aspects of globalization and highlighted the importance of trust and transparency. Addressing the annual meeting of Romanian Diplomacy yesterday, Dr Jaishankar said, as a result many states have defined their national security and strategic autonomy in a more expansive manner. He added that the issue of requirement for resilient and reliable supply chains has emerged strongly on the global agenda.
The Minister said, India and Romania have a significant convergence in their outlook of the world and contemporary challenges. Our cooperation has a larger beneficial impact as well. He said at the political level the two countries’ ties are very well serviced by a framework of agreements and mechanisms. He also said that Romania will benefit significantly from the expansion of India’s cooperation with the European Union.
The Minister said the strategic convergence between India and the EU is reflected in our positions on key regional and global issues including on Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific. He expressed confidence that this will be duly noted by Romanian diplomats. Dr Jaishankar said, one reason why it is essential from the Romanian perspective is the likelihood that India will play a more visible role in global politics in the days to come. He said, India’s economic weight has already grown substantially as indeed has its political influence.