India should take Donald Trump seriously, not judge him in a rush: S Jaishankar
India should guard against 'judging' US President Donald Trump in a 'rush' and instead take him seriously, said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar
New Delhi: India should guard against "judging" US President Donald Trump in a "rush" and instead take him seriously, said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
Addressing an industry event on Tuesday, Jaishankar also pitched for building strong regional connectivity, which he said was of paramount interest and was set to get a boost in the near future.
Laying out the rules of engagement with Trump, Jaishankar said it was important to keep in mind that intentions do not always translate into outcomes as he spoke on a wide range of issues.
"I think what is important is to take him (Trump) seriously but also with a caveat that intentions are not always outcomes and even in our bilateral ties I would suggest that if there is a point to make at this stage, it is that don't rush to judgement," he said.
In making his case, Jaishankar referred to a section of the US media's take that the "American Press took him literally but not seriously, but public took him seriously but not literally."
Suggesting that there was a perceptive shift across the world from multilateralism towards bilateralism against the backdrop of a global "uncertainty", Jainshankar referred to the New Delhi's policy of "neighbourhood first".
"In the next few weeks and months, we will see important interactions and agreements and certainly there is a case for India taking a much more generous, effective outreach to its immediate as well as extended neighbourhood and to develop a stronger regional identity and interest," he said.
A blind Indian Jewish girl sang hits from Bollywood films Kal Ho Na Ho and Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai at the event, that left the Indian External Affairs Minister and his delegation emotional.
S Jaishankar discusses ways to expand economic, political ties in West Asia, Asia with US, Israel and UAE
S Jaishankar, who is on a five-day visit to Israel, in a tweet said, "Discussed working together more closely on economic growth and global issues. Agreed on expeditious follow-up"
The plaque commemorates the Bhoodan Grove planted by Sarvodaya workers in 1960, who had visited Israel to study the country's cooperative institutions -- Kibbutzim and Moshavim