Mumbai: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said after the conclusion of the Quad summit and India-US bilateral meeting on Friday that Pakistan is the catalyst of problems in India’s neighbourhood.
Shringla said that the bilateral meeting of PM Modi and US President Joe Biden and even at the Quad Summit, which included Australia, India, Japan and the US, “more carefully examine, investigate and monitor Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan”. Also Read: Immediately Vacate PoK: India In Reply To Pak PM Imran Khan’s UNGA Address
He added, “An important factor that is sometimes overlooked is when you see Pakistan is projecting itself as a facilitator, whereas, it has really been in many senses an instigator of some of the problems that we are dealing with in our neighbourhood and beyond.”
He expressed clear concern over Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan during the Quad Summit and continued to support approaches that did not seem conducive.
Shringla stressed that during the Quad Summit, India’s presidency in the UN Security Council was appreciated, especially on the issue of Afghanistan. He said that President Joe Biden said that he felt that India should get a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
PM Modi has invited President Joe Biden to visit India. President Biden noted with thanks and appreciation. We certainly look forward to the visit of the US President at the earliest and mutual convenience, added the Foreign Secretary.