Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he sees the current situation in Ukraine as an issue of humanity and human values rather than politics or economy.
He also called for respecting international law, sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.
Addressing the G7 working session in Hiroshima, PM strongly advocated raising voice collectively against unilateral attempts to change the status quo.
He said that any tension and dispute should be resolved peacefully through dialogue.
The Prime Minister also referred to his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday and reiterated that India will do whatever is possible to resolve the issue.
In his address, Zelensky urged G7 leaders to seek global support for Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself against Russian aggression. This was followed Modi’s remarks. The three-day summit was heavily focused on the Ukraine war.
The Prime Minister also mentioned Buddha and said that there is no such problem in the modern age whose solution cannot be found in his teachings.
Quoting the Buddha, he said, “Enmity is pacified by affinity and in this spirit we must move forward together.” The Prime Minister said, “Today we heard from President Zelensky. I met him yesterday also. I do not consider the current situation as an issue of politics or economy. I believe it is an issue of humanity, an issue of human values.”
He said, “We have said from the beginning that dialogue and diplomacy is the only way. And we will do whatever is possible to resolve this situation, whatever can be done from the Indian side.”
PM said that all countries should respect the United Nations Charter, international law and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.
He called for a united voice against unilateral attempts to change the status quo.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came in the backdrop of the border dispute with China in eastern Ladakh and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
PM Modi said that centuries ago Buddha had given the solution to the war, unrest and instability that the world is facing today. He said, “Lord Buddha has been followed for thousands of years in India and here in Japan as well. There is no problem in the modern age whose solution we cannot find in the teachings of the Buddha.”
The Group of Seven (G7) countries, including the US, France, Britain, Italy, Germany, Canada and Japan, represent the world’s richest democracies.
Japan, under its G7 chairmanship, had invited India and seven other countries to the summit.