Relations with Pakistan, China improving: PM
"We have been able to improve our relations with many of our neighbours, including our biggest neighbour China," Manmohan Singh said.india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 17:44 IST
Observing that his government had taken "many new initiatives" with regard to foreign policy and national security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said India's relations with many of its neighbours, including China and Pakistan, had been improving.
Addressing a televised press conference in New Delhi, he said his government had also improved the country's relations with all major powers, especially the US, European Union, Russia and Japan, with whom India had entered into new strategic partnerships.
"Our government has .. Taken important steps to make the world adopt a more friendly approach to us," Singh said.
"We have been able to improve our relations with many of our neighbours, including our biggest neighbour China," the Prime Minister said.
He noted that India was pursuing a composite dialogue with Pakistan with the "understanding that in South Asia we have not just a shared past, but a shared future and a shared destiny."
Singh emphasised that the development and well-being of all our neighbours was "in our interests".
Referring to the improvement in relations with all the major powers, the Prime Minister said in the next few weeks, he would be receiving the Presidents of France and the US. "I am looking forward to these visits."
Singh asserted that India will "benefit greatly from the many new initiatives our government has taken in the field of foreign policy and national security."