Ties with Pak only in terror-free atmosphere: Rao

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 15:27

London: Underlining that India has worked to promote better ties with Pakistan, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has said that the relations with Islamabad can
only grow in an atmosphere free of terror and violence.

"The trajectory of our relationship over the last few
decades has been distorted and adversely impacted by the
factor of cross-border terrorism," Rao told a large gathering
at the International Institute for Strategic Studies here.

Describing the recent talks with her Pakistani
counterpart Salman Bashir in Islamabad as "productive and
positive", she said, "A stable Pakistan which acts as a
bulwark against terrorism and extremism is in its own interest
and also in the interest of our region."

"We have consistently made efforts to go back to the
negotiating table to solve difficult issues. We have striven
to promote better relations with Pakistan. Naturally, such
relations can only grow in an atmosphere free of terror and
violence," she said yesterday.

Referring to China, Rao said: "We have consciously
practised a policy of engagement that has yielded positive
dividends. Although, there is an unresolved boundary question
which should be settled on mutually acceptable terms, we have
not held the rest of the relationship hostage to this complex
issue. We have also collaborated on a variety of multilateral
issues."

Speaking on `Key Priorities for India`s Foreign
Policy`, Rao said: "It is an amalgam of national interests,
our conviction that inclusive structures of dialogue and
cooperation to address the new dimensions of security threats
are necessary, that the institutions of global governance
including the United Nations should reflect current
realities."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 15:27

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