Terror and talks can’t go together: Sushma on India-Pakistan ties | The Daily Star
07:20 PM, June 19, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:35 PM, June 19, 2016

Terror and talks can’t go together: Sushma on India-Pakistan ties

India-Pakistan relations are “jatil” (complicated) and talks and terrorism cannot go together, said Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today.

But she told the media that there was “sehejta” (simplicity) in the chemistry involving Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India and Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan, reports Hindustan Times.

“This warmth and simplicity in relations between two Prime Ministers were never there in the past,” she said.

While pursuing with the commitment for friendship, the government will not compromise on issues of national security. India remained firm in its resolve that talks and terrorism cannot go together, she added.

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The minister denied that South Asia was not getting adequate priority in the Modi government’s foreign policy.

“In the last two years, India has emerged as a strong supporter and a friend in crisis to neighbouring countries,” she said, referring to New Delhi’s help to Nepal during the massive earthquake of 2015.

On the issue of threats to Hindu community in Bangladesh, she said the Sheikh Hasina government had been taking adequate steps and had so far arrested as many as 3,000 suspects.

“More than that, I feel happy to say that even Islamic leaders in Bangladesh have condemned such threats to Hindus in that country,” she said.

 

Source: Hindustan Times

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