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Updated: August 28, 2010 00:07 IST

We don't seek reciprocity from neighbours: Manmohan

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the inaugural session of the third Heads of Missions Conference in New Delhi on Friday. Photo : Rajeev Bhatt
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the inaugural session of the third Heads of Missions Conference in New Delhi on Friday. Photo : Rajeev Bhatt

India is engaging its neighbours without looking at reciprocity, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday.

Speaking at the third Heads of Missions conference here, Dr. Singh emphasised the need for a peaceful and tranquil international environment in the neighbourhood and felt India's foreign policy should be oriented towards East and Southeast Asia which were poised for a sustained growth in this century.

Touching upon the same theme, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna felt that India's interests were best served by a peaceful and prosperous neighbourhood. “We believe that dialogue can address all outstanding issues and have seen from 2004-07 the potential of such a process with Pakistan. Given the complexities of our relationship with Pakistan, we have advocated a step-by-step … approach. We have conveyed to Pakistan that credible and effective action by Pakistan on our terrorism-related concerns, including the investigations and trial in the Mumbai terror attack [case], would be the most important confidence-building measure.”

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I think the PM is extremely smart in hedging the bets with South East Asia than South Asia. The South Asian subcontinent has nothing to offer except for civil war, terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism. It is our misfortune that we are a country in midst of turmoil.

from:  Megh
Posted on: Aug 28, 2010 at 08:10 IST

Good approach!!! Why are we NOT doing it from last 50+ years?

from:  ravinder
Posted on: Aug 28, 2010 at 06:45 IST
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