On Board Air India One, Oct 18 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India wanted the best possible relationship with Pakistan, though the new political order in the neighbouring country was yet to take shape.
''I have always maintained that our two countries need to have best possible relations. Whenever an opportunity arises we will take full advantage of those opportunities to improve our relations,'' he told mediapersons on board his special aircraft on way back from Nigeria and South Africa.
Pointing out that the destinies of the people of India and Pakistan were inter-linked, Dr Singh said, ''We must work hard, work sincerely to normalise our relations and deal with all outstanding problems that have bedeviled the relations between the two countries.'' On the political crisis in Myanmar, the Prime Minister said India would cooperate with the government in Myanmar ''regardless of its colour''. India's position on the basic issues of political reforms in the neighbouring country was never in doubt.
Dr Singh said when General Than Shwe visited India two years ago, he had a very good discussion with him. ''We had impressed upon the Myanmar leadership the need for national reconciliation, and the need to unite all political elements and he did not deny it.'' ''Violence and suppression of human rights is something that hurts us,'' he said.
Asked why India did not react strongly against the military junta, Dr Singh said, ''Having said that, we have to recognise that Myanmar is our next door neighbour and that sometimes it does not serve the objective you have in mind by going public with condemnations.'' ''We also have to be mindful of the fact that India's north eastern borders are with Myanmar and there are insurgent groups who sometimes take advantage of the situation in Myanmar to indulge in nefarious activities. In dealing with this, we need to cooperate with the government in Myanmar regardless of its colour.'' UNI