V Prez urges Indian diplomats to defend country’s interest in turbulent world order

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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu urged Indian diplomats to defend country’s interest in turbulent world order. He said this while addressing over 125 Indian Ambassadors and High Commissioners at his official residence in New Delhi yesterday. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Minister of State for External Affairs M.J.Akbar and the Foreign Secretary were also present on the occasion. Mr Naidu asked the diplomats to be agile and careful and defend the country’s interests, leveraging India’s moral and material strengths to influence the global discourse through carefully strategized diplomatic response.

The Vice President elaborated that despite the acknowledged need for an Integrated World Order, new ‘walls’ are being erected to the free flow of goods and services and movement of people as

well. He said this return to protectionism has the potential to adversely impact the global effort for collective advancement.

Mr Naidu referred to the enhanced global interest in India and urged the diplomats to convert this global enthusiasm about India into investments. He asserted that India has moral and material strength to influence global discourse.

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