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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had this hard-hitting retort, explaining that India and the other members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad) – the United States, Japan and Australia – do not always need agree to work together. .

Jaishankar, speaking at a CNN News18 town hall on Saturday, responded to the question of whether perceptions have changed regarding India’s stance on the Russian-Ukrainian war. India has abstained in at least eight UN votes and draft resolutions condemning Russia, and has always insisted that a solution be found through dialogue and diplomacy – a position that some US politicians in foreground described it as “extremely disappointing”.

“We have always been clear that not everyone – not all Quad members – have (need) to have identical positions on everything,” Jaishankar said, adding that if that was indeed the case, he could have asked the other three, “Why aren’t your positions on Pakistan the same as mine?” “It’s not possible that on Pakistan everyone has the lowest degree of convergence, but on another issue we all have to be in complete agreement.”

“And you know, governments understand,” he added.

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Jaishankar said that in the three months since the start of the war, there has been a better understanding of India’s position.

“Let’s be clear, India’s history with Russia is different from America’s history, or Japan’s history, or Australia’s history. So it’s impossible that if we have different histories – and to a large extent, different interests – we will have identical positions,” he explained.

Jaishankar said there will be issues that India will not agree on with its Quad partners but it won’t answer it won’t work with them on important issues such as trade, development, climate change, etc. have a common agenda. Sometimes that program can be – like in the QUAD – very Indo-Pacific focused… and then you work with it,” Jaishankar said.

First post: STI

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