Government ready to extend olive branch to Pakistan: Krishna

May 24th, 2009 - 2:21 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, 24 June (ANI): New External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has said he is ready to extend olive branch to Pakistan if Islamabad effectively cracks down on militants and terrorist bases operating on its soil.Interacting with media persons here on Saturday after assuming charge, Krishna said: “We cannot change our neighbours. Therefore, we will have to live with them. We stand ready to extend our hand of friendship and partnership to Pakistan if they take determined and credible action to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism operating from their territory. That has been the stumbling block and it is for Pakistan to take the necessary step.”India has ruled out talks with Pakistan unless it acts against militants and their network which carried out attacks on Mumbai in November 2008. On its part, Pakistan has said it has detained some suspects and sought more evidence from New Delhi for any further action.As for other aspects of foreign policy by the newly formed government, Krishna said that it would also consolidate strategic partnership with US, Russia, Japan and the European Union.”To strengthen our policy and developmental options we will consolidate further our existing strategic partnership with major powers like United States of America, Russia, China, Japan and the European Union. Our strong and traditional ties with countries in Africa, West Asia and Latin America will be furthered and our ‘Look East Policy’ strengthened,” Krishna said. (ANI)

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