Hindu nationalist and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has said foreign policy cannot be conducted by having a confrontational approach with neighbouring countries.
"We don’t want to be confrontational with any country. Foreign policy cannot be conducted by having a confrontational approach with neighbours or for that matter with any other country," Modi told The Times of India in an interview which was published today.
India has “to conduct its foreign policy with all countries, and specially our neighbours, with a sense of trust and mutual cooperation,” Modi said, adding: “however, supremacy of national interest has to be one of the basic planks of foreign policy.”
Relations cannot be improved as long as there is a trust deficit and to bridge the trust deficit, mere talks cannot place concrete action, he noted.
India “continues to face the onslaught of terrorism emanating out of the soil of Pakistan. The first step in building any meaningful relation with Pakistan has to be Pakistan taking effective and demonstrable action against the terror networks operating from its soil", said Modi.