India is ready for talks with Pakistan, provided the latter ensures a peaceful atmosphere.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup was addressing reporters in New Delhi in a weekly news conference.
“We have never refused talks, but Pakistan has to ensure a peaceful atmosphere so that there is a fruitful outcome. We are seeing an environment where militancy is regularly taking place. There are repeated incidents of cross-border firing and infiltration attempts every day. They are attacking our soldiers and in such an environment how can the two countries talk?” he asked.
The statement came days after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said, during his visit to Bosnia, that his country wanted an amicable settlement of issues with India.
“Pakistan should create an atmosphere where they don’t take the help of violence or militancy. Only then are we ready for talks,” he added.