New Delhi: Highlighting the problem of
terrorism faced by the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Wednesday asked the diplomats to pay particular attention to
India`s relations with its neighbours as well as the extended
neighbourhood in view of its security interests.
Singh, who met the Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
probationers here, noted that the world was increasingly
becoming inter-dependent and uncertain and in this context,
the IFS had an important role to play in steering the country
towards the socio-economic development.
He highlighted some of the contemporary issues requiring
special focus which included the question of international
terrorism and national security and said particular attention
is required to be paid to relations with India`s neighbours
and extended neighbourhood, according to a statement issued by
The Prime Minister also underlined the importance of
maintaining productive relations with the world`s major
He noted that foreign policy should enable the release
of resources from defence to achieve India`s developmental
goals, the statement said.