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Khurshid suggests common security policy for India`s neighbourhood

India`s neighbourhood is "not falling apart" as some people think, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Monday and suggested a common security policy for the region as a whole.



New Delhi: India`s neighbourhood is "not falling apart" as some people think, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Monday and suggested a common security policy for the region as a whole.
"In the times when people are saying that our neighbourhood is falling apart, I would very clearly say that we do not preempt or anticipate it, our neighbourhood is not falling apart.

"They look a lot like us, it looks like we are going to fall apart but we don’t fall apart because our foundations are very strong, our foundations keep us together.

There is a lot of turbulence underneath but these are periodic winds," said Khurshid speaking here today at the inauguration ceremony of a web magazine on global affairs.

Asked about the possibility of a common security policy for the region, Khurshid said it can become a reality someday "given that the problems we face today are resolved.

"Common strategic policy, common security policy, that`s what we can one day have. Talking of the immediate neighbourhood, we should have perhaps have a common currency, we have free trade area, we have a border-less transit, travel.

"We should have a common security policy but that’s not so today because there are problems and till we resolve those problems we are not going to be able to take up the issue of security", the External Affairs Minister said.

Talking about the importance of communicating India`s view on international affairs, the minister said "we are at a "disadvantage as our view is not made available across the world.

"One need hardly emphasize the fact that in the world of today for the Indian point of view, we are today faced with the huge amount of information being thrown at all of us through social media, traditional media, newspapers...All of which are very vigorously supported, financed and have the backup of infrastructure of institutions that go back to hundreds of years and governments that use that effectively as the hidden path of their outreach in terms of making an impact in the world with their point of view.

"We are in that sense at a disadvantage as our view is not made available across the world,” said Khurshid.

PTI

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