On Ukraine, Foreign Minister Jaishankar Briefs Consultative Committee Including Shashi Tharoor, Rahul Gandhi

'Excellent Meeting' On Ukraine: Shashi Tharoor's Shout-Out To S Jaishankar

New Delhi:

The federal government at the moment briefed a parliamentary committee on the scenario in Ukraine, rising with approval from Congress’s former minister and diplomat Shashi Tharoor. The briefing of the consultative committee on international affairs got here amid rising opposition criticism of the federal government’s dealing with of the scenario – evacuation and the UN vote. Mr Tharoor — who was current on the meet with Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma — expressed satisfaction later, tweeting, “It was a good meeting. We are all united”. Foreign minister S Jaishankar, who made the briefing, tweeted a few “Strong and unanimous message of support”.

The 21-member committee is headed by Mr Jaishankar, who made the presentation together with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla. 9 MPs from six political events attended the assembly. The checklist included Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha member Priyanka Chaturvedi, who has been questioning the federal government on the issues confronted by Indian college students in Ukraine.

Rahul Gandhi has been vocal on Twitter concerning the evacuation efforts and the function of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who he mentioned, “was missing in action”.  

After an Indian pupil was killed in shelling at Ukraine’s Kharkiv on Tuesday, he tweeted: “To avert further tragedy, the Government must share how many students have been evacuated, how many are still stranded in Ukraine and a region wise detailed evacuation plan”.

Mr Tharoor has been essential of not solely the evacuation efforts, but in addition deviated from the occasion line to query India’s abstention in voting towards Russia on the United Nations Safety Council.

“Our stand has been that we do not support invading other countries and regime change through violence and war… After our abstention, many regretted that India had placed itself on the ‘wrong side of history’,” Mr Tharoor had mentioned.

After the assembly at the moment, Mr Tharoor tweeted: “Excellent meeting of the Consultative Committee on External Affairs this morning on Ukraine. My thanks to Dr S Jaishankar & his colleagues for a comprehensive briefing & candid responses to our questions & concerns. This is the spirit in which foreign policy should be run”.

“(We had) many points. MEA will talk. It was a good meeting. We are all united,” a 3rd tweet from Mr Tharoor learn.

Mr Jaishankar additionally tweeted concerning the meet. “Just completed a MEA consultative committee meeting on developments in Ukraine. A good discussion on the strategic and humanitarian aspects of the issue. Strong and unanimous message of support for efforts to bring back all Indians from Ukraine,” his tweet learn.

“A national consensus on the importance of dialogue and diplomacy. Thank all members for their participation,” learn one other tweet.

The Congress had taken a diplomatic stance on the UN vote, consistent with that of the federal government. “The Congress while expressing its anguish is of the considered view that the international community must work together for cessation of armed conflict and early restoration of peace to save human lives and further aggravation of the crisis,” learn an announcement from the occasion.  

Earlier this week, India has abstained from voting on the UN Safety Council on a US-sponsored decision that deplored in strongest phrases Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine.

Yesterday too, India abstained from voting on the United Nations Normal Meeting on a decision demanding that Russia cease army operations in Ukraine, saying its “foremost priority” was evacuation of Indian nationals.  

PM Modi spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday to overview the scenario in Ukraine and Indian evacuation efforts.

“The leaders reviewed the situation in Ukraine, especially in the city of Kharkiv where many Indian students are stuck. They discussed the safe evacuation of the Indian nationals from the conflict areas,” learn an announcement from the Prime Minister’s Workplace.

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