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Updated: October 30, 2009 12:31 IST

India wants peace with neighbours: Manmohan

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah interacts with CRPF jawans at the base camp in Srinagar on Thursday. Photo: PTI
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah interacts with CRPF jawans at the base camp in Srinagar on Thursday. Photo: PTI

After two days when he offered "hand of friendship" to Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues, Manmohan Singh on Friday sought good relations with all its neighbours including China.

India seeks to live in peace with all its neighbours and the “world at large”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said here Friday.

Stressing that India sought good relations with all its neighbours, the Prime Minister said: “We sincerely wish to resolve all outstanding issues with our neighbours through dialogue... that should characterise our relations.”

His comments at a media summit comes two days after he offered Pakistan a “hand of friendship” while addressing crowds in the Kashmir.

He said Pakistan was grappling with many internal problems and rise of terrorism is one among them.

Both India and China have immense opportunities to work together and there is ample space in the world to accommodate the growth ambitions of both the countries, he said.

In his opening remarks, he noted that former US president George W. Bush, “a good friend of India”, was also speaking at the summit.

Dr. Singh said the opening day of the summit coincided with the 100th birth anniversary of the “great Indian scientist” Homi J. Bhabha. He added that in “concluding the civil nuclear agreement”, we sought to realise “Bhabha’s dream”.

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