External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday defended the Narendra Modi government's global outreach-driven foreign policy and said there are many benefits of such endeavours. “Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) does not come sitting at home,” Sushma Swaraj said, in an apparent dig at critics who have often Prime Minister Modi's frequent overseas travels. “Aaj jab Bharat bolta hai, duniya sunti hai (Today when India speaks, the world listens),” she told the media here.
Sushma Swaraj said the foreign outreach had helped India enlist assistance of global players like the US, France, Germany and England in flagship schemes like 'Smart Cities'. “With Australia alone, we had 13 agreements on skill development,” she said, adding there had been cooperation with countries such as Germany and Japan for 'Namami Ganga' programme.