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'India is obliged to engage with Pak'

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India is "obliged to engage" Pakistan but cannot do so by surrendering its national interest.

delhi Updated: Oct 30, 2010 21:22 IST
IANS

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said India is "obliged to engage" Pakistan but cannot do so by surrendering its national interest.

"I cannot say how soon," Singh said when asked to spell out when dialogue between India and Pakistan could begin.

"It is our policy to engage with Pakistan. That does not mean we should surrender or give up our essential national interest," Singh said.

Recalling his his oft-repeated statement that one can choose friends but not neighbours, Singh said "therefore, we are obliged to engage Pakistan," he said.

First Published: Oct 30, 2010 20:53 IST