India wants dialogue with Pakistan: Indian defense minister


Indian Defence Minister, A K Antony Saturday said on Saturday that the Indian government wants continued dialogue with Pakistan.
“Dialogue is an important factor. Without dialogue nothing can be achieved.”
He said that government’s stand was clear that it wants to maintain a cordial relationship with all its neighbours. This is because ‘we can change our friends, but we cannot change our neighbours,’ he added.
“We know the reality that we have to live along with our neighbours. Even though we have problems with our neighbours, we are trying to re-establish our friendship,” said Antony while talking to reporters at Kannur in Kerala state.
But, it would be difficult to have ‘permanent cooperation’ in Indo-Pak relations without Islamabad dismantling terrorist camps functioning in Pakistan, IRNA reported.
“Without destroying these terrorist camps, it would be difficult to have permanent cooperation in Indo-Pakistan relations,” he noted.
Pointing out that India has boundary dispute with China, Antony said efforts were being made to solve the problem.
The Indo-Chinese defence cooperation which stopped recently, would start again and in June a defence group from India would be visiting China, he said.