Tokyo- Despite the Narendra Modi government's recent snapping of bilateral discussions with Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister said today India will persist in seeking friendly relations with its long-inimical neighbor – but added that any meaningful dialogue needs an environment free from terrorism and violence.
"India has no hesitation to discuss any outstanding issue with Pakistan within the bilateral framework that has been established under the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration," Modi said in an interaction with journalists in Tokyo as he landed for his visit to Japan. His comments were posted on the ministry of external affairs website.
India aborted talks with Pakistan after the Pakistan high commissioner met separatist groups in the long-disputed Kashmir. The government was "disappointed that Pakistan sought to make a spectacle of these efforts and went ahead with talks with secessionist elements from J&K in New Delhi just prior to the meeting of the Foreign Secretaries," Modi said, according to the government release