The government said on Wednesday that India’s relations with neighboring countries such as Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Myanmar have not deteriorated in recent times. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muralitharan said this in written reply to the question of Saugata Roy, member of Trinamool Congress in Lok Sabha.
Saugata Roy had asked whether India’s relations with neighboring countries such as Nepal, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Myanmar have deteriorated in recent times. To this Muralitharan said, ‘No.’ Amid deadlock between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, the Minister of State for External Affairs said in his reply that relations with China and five other countries have not deteriorated.
Rai also asked whether China had good relations with any of the above five countries and what steps have been taken for cordial relations with India’s neighboring countries.
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Muralitharan while answering these questions said that the government gives top priority to India’s relations with neighboring countries. He said, “India is an active political and economic partner of its neighbors and is involved in many projects including development projects with these countries.”
The minister said that India has deep academic, cultural, business and investment ties with its neighboring countries.