12/05/2015 10:48 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

India Can Have Good Ties With Pakistan Only Under The BJP Government, Says Modi

India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi, left, shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, during Modi’s inauguration in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 26, 2014. Modi took the oath of office as India's new prime minister at the sprawling presidential palace on Monday, a moment made more historic by the presence of the leader of archrival Pakistan. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the possibility of maintaining good ties with Pakistan exists only under his government. Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party, he said relationships with neighbours will be maintained on the basis of humanitarian outlook and cited how India had come to the aid its neighbours in times of crisis.

"The Prime Minister said the possibility of maintaining good ties with Pakistan only exists under this government. We are confident that we will maintain good relations with Pakistan as well as other neighbouring countries," Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told the media briefing about the PM's remarks.

He said the Prime Minister told BJP MPs that during the NDA government, ties with neighbouring countries have improved and will be furthered based on the principle of humanitrian outlook. He cited examples of how India helped Nepal after the devastating earthquake and the Maldives providing them drinking water recently. Naqvi said the Prime Minister also cited the example Bangladesh with which India has improved its ties after the passage of the land boundary bill in Parliament. Earlier addressing the MPs, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venakaiah Naidu said the "dynamic" foreign policy would be used to further national goals.

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