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QUESTION NO.†2576 WORSENING RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

August 09, 2018

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2576
TO BE ANSWERED ON 09.08.2018

WORSENING RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES

†2576. CH. SUKHRAM SINGH YADAV:

SHRI VISHAMBHAR PRASAD NISHAD:

SHRIMATI CHHAYA VERMA:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether it is a fact that the relation of India with neighbouring countries is worsening in place of strengthening; and

(b) if so, the details thereof and the reasons therefor?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[GEN. (DR) V. K. SINGH (RETD)]

(a) & (b) Government accords highest priority to India’s relations with our neighbouring countries and high level visits in recent years to all countries in the region, sometimes after a considerable gap, have imparted new energy to bilateral ties. Government’s approach towards our neighbourhood is encapsulated in its Neighbourhood First policy, under which our engagement is focussed on greater connectivity, stronger cooperation and broader contacts, and our approach is consultative, non-reciprocal, and outcome oriented. Overall, the wisdom of our approach and sincerity of our efforts are receiving growing support from our partners in the region.

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