India wants normal, neighbourly relations with Pak but...': PM Modi
Japan, May 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India wants "normal and neighbourly relations" with Pakistan but it is incumbent on Islamabad to create a conducive environment free from terrorism and to take necessary steps.
The Prime Minister's remarks came in an interview with Nikkei Asia.
“It is incumbent upon them to create a conducive environment free from terrorism and hostilities. The onus is on Pakistan to take necessary steps in this regard," he said. India has often expressed alarm about Pakistan's support for cross-border terrorism, claiming that terror and talks cannot go together.
PM Modi's interview with Nikkei Asia has come ahead of G7 Summit in Japan, which takes place at a time when global difficulties are mounting.
During the interview, the Prime Minister also addressed questions about India's relations with China, as well as India's attempts to raise the voices and concerns of the Global South.
"India is fully prepared and committed to protect its sovereignty and dignity," he said.
"Peace and tranquillity in the border areas are essential for normal bilateral ties with China. The future development of the India-China relationship can only be based on mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interests," PM Modi added, saying that "normalizing" the ties would benefit the wider region and the world
PM Modi arrived in Japan on Friday to attend the G7 Summit. India has been invited to attend the Summit as a guest country. Since 2003, India has taken part in the G7 Summit.
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