Pakistan: Ansari calls for talks with ‘dignity’
Amid escalating tension over the brutal killing of the two Indian soldiers, Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Monday said New Delhi has to talk to Pakistan from a "position of dignity and rectitude".
On his way to Vietnam for a four-day visit, he said, "Neighbours can't be wished away. They are a fact of life. So you have to continue talking, talking from a position of dignity and rectitude, but you have to talk." He was responding to a question on whether India should review the dialogue process with Pakistan.
"Definition of diplomacy is to continue negotiating at all time, under all conditions. So obviously, there is work for diplomats to do, and I am sure that is under way," said the Vice President, who had served as envoy in Iran and Afghanistan.
Ansari arrived at Hanoi on Monday evening where he was received by top officials from Vietnam President's office and the Foreign Ministry. He will hold bilateral talks with the Vice-President of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Doan. Ansari is also expected to call on Vietnam's President Truong Tan Sang and meet Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Secretary General of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong.
During the media interaction on-board special plane, Vice-President said, "both bilaterally and multi-laterally, Vietnam has a place in our thinking in commercial, investment and security matters."