India is in favour of connectivity: Saran
Shyam Saran on Saturday said New Delhi favours increased connectivity to render borders irrelevant.Updated: Sep 09, 2006 21:28 IST
Observing that economically flourishing India is a 'great opportunity' and not a threat to neighbours, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran on Saturday said New Delhi favours increased connectivity to render borders irrelevant and a number of proposals have been put forth in this direction.
India has proposed the launch of cross-LoC bus services between Kargil and Skardu in PoK and Jammu and Sialkot and suggested opening of another border trading point with China at Gumla, he said delivering a talk on the topic: 'Does India have a neighbourhood policy?'
New Delhi is also working on the upgradation of infrastructure like roads on border points with neighbouring countries which includes setting up of integrated check points, he said.
Saran, however, said the success of such measures to integrate countries of the region depends on the 'comfort' level of other countries.
"India has been growing economically during the last 15 years. It offers a great opportunity to neighbours, not a threat," Saran said.
"The prospects are immense. The question is if there is political will to grasp this opportunity," he said and underlined that India, being larger than other neighbours, is willing to do all it can to ensure that all countries of the region gain.
First Published: Sep 09, 2006 20:11 IST