Pak backed terror affecting neighbourhood security: India

RSTV Bureau
Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister in the Rajya Sabha on 30 March 2017.

Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister in the Rajya Sabha on 30 March 2017.

The challenge of cross-border terrorism and large-scale ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue to have a negative impact on India’s vision for a secure and peaceful neighbourhood, the government said today.

In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India’s approach towards its neighbourhood is focused on greater connectivity, stronger cooperation and broader contacts.

Asserting that high-level visits to all countries in the neighbourhood have imparted a new energy to bilateral ties, the minister said the government has resolved “long-pending issues, extended timely assistance” to various countries.

“However, the challenge of cross-border terrorism and large-scale ceasefire violations by Pakistan continue to have a negative impact on our vision for a secure, prosperous and peaceful neighbourhood.

“The government continues to meet this challenge with renewed resolve and determination,” Swaraj said.

She was replying to a question regarding India’s foreign policy with respect to neighbouring countries and if there was a proposal to rethink or restructure it.

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