“No”, mentioned Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan in Lok Sabha in response to a written query on whether or not India’s bilateral ties with neighbouring countries like Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Myanmar have deteriorated not too long ago.
The query was requested by Trinamool Congress member Sougata Ray.
The minister’s response that relations with China and 5 other countries have not deteriorated got here at a time when Indian and Chinese troops are locked in a bitter standoff in japanese Ladakh.
Ray additionally requested two other supplementary questions: whether or not China is protecting good relations with any of the 5 countries talked about, and the steps taken for cordial relations with neighbouring countries of India.
Answering these questions, Muraleedharan mentioned the federal government accords the “highest priority” to India’s relations with its neighbouring countries.
“India is an active political and economic partner of its neighbours and is involved in various projects, including development projects with these countries,” Muraleedharan mentioned.
He additional mentioned India additionally has intensive training, tradition, commerce and funding linkages with neighbouring countries.
“India’s relations with other countries stand on their own footing and are independent of the relations of those countries with third countries,” he mentioned.