India faces unique challenge in respect to Pakistan: S Jaishankar

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Published: August 17, 2016 8:17:35 PM

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that looking at the neighbourhood, India clearly faces a unique challenge in respect to one country which is Pakistan.

Jaishankar said, “Indian diplomacy today is in many ways, more practical, more outcome-oriented & more development-focussed. (Source: PTI)

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday said that looking at the neighbourhood, India clearly faces a unique challenge in respect to one country which is Pakistan. Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi Jaishankar said, “At times, domestic politics of our neighbours pose challenges. We’ve learnt to be patient. We have one standout country in the region which has a different view of terrorism which makes it a difficult partner for all of us.” He said that the terrosism issue has become so central between the two countries that it makes the relationship difficult to grow. However, Jaishankar said, “In last two years you have seen a great effort on our part to reach out to Pakistan. While we all agree that we should move forward, it doesn’t always go very smoothly.” He said as biggest country of the region, India has to go the extra mile to reach out to its neighbors and make them feel secure. He said, “We have to reach out to our neighbors, we have to offer them terms of engagement that are attractive to them.”

Jaishankar said, “Indian diplomacy today is in many ways, more practical, more outcome-oriented & more development-focussed. Rest of region is with us in wanting a much more cooperative & connected South Asia but we have this one standout country which not only has a different view of the region but also has an attitude towards use of terrorism as an instrumental policy of diplomacy.” Earlier in the day, India turned down Pakistan’s proposal for foreign secretary-level talks on Kashmir, asserting that terror remains the core concern and would talk to Pakistan only on terrorism.

Speaking on China, he said, “I accept that we have faced challenges with China recently. The visit of Chinese Foreign Minister gave us an opportunity to revisit some of those issues.”

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