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V-P hits out at those suggesting talks with Pak

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

M Venkaiah today hit out at those suggesting dialogue with Pakistan, saying talks with countries who train guns at are not possible.

His remarks came days after Jammu and had suggested that talks with are necessary to end bloodshed in the state.

"It is baffling that some educated leaders are suggesting that we have to engage in a dialogue with one of our neighbours who is by all accounts fomenting trouble and encouraging cross-border terrorism...we cant have talks with countries that have trained their guns at us," said without naming

He was addressing a gathering at the of here.

said Indias love for peace is more out of a concern for the welfare of humanity and not because it is weak and incapable of fighting.

"So, our diplomacy relies on building bridges across the world with dialogue as the sole sustainable method to resolve disputes.

"We are open to conflicting views but we are not so open to senseless violence and irrational terrorism...we have been the pioneers in the non-aligned movement. Our alignment is with the forces of peace and non-violence," he said.

The said the present government has recognised the importance of states in its foreign policy as well as security, trade and economic relations with the neighbouring countries.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 21:25 IST