"As far as changes in the foreign policy is concerned, there is not likely to be a basic change in its fundamental principles. But whenever the other party comes, they have their own perspective and things are decided accordingly," Singh told a group of Indian journalists during an interaction at the National Press Club.
    
"Our foreign policy will focus on maintaining cordial relationship with our neighbours," he said, a day after he delivered a major foreign policy speech on Afghanistan at the Capitol Hill. Responding to a question on Pakistan, he referred to a statement of former prime minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee that one can change friends, but not neighbours.
    
"It would be our full effort to improve relationship with Pakistan. At the same time, we expect Pakistan to respond similarly. But till today, I can say, that Pakistan has not responded in the manner we have taken the initiatives to have a cordial relationship with them," he said.
    
"We are always in favour of good relationship with Pakistan," he said. He also expressed BJP's concern on the mistreatment of minorities in Pakistan.

(Agencies)

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