'It is a reflection of the trust deficit'
Reacting sharply to Pakistan's critical remarks over India's endorsement by the United States for United Nations Security Council, India has expressed its 'disappointment' and said they reflected the 'trust deficit' between the two countries.
"Yes, I would say I am disappointed. And I think it is a reflection of the trust deficit between our two countries," Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said.
Image: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in New Delhi
Photographs: B Mathur/Reuters
America should take a moral view: Pak
Rao was asked if she was disappointed by Islamabad's outspoken criticism about US President Barack Obama's endorsement of India for a permanent seat in the UNSC.
Criticising the US move, the Pakistan Foreign Office had said 'endorsement of India's bid' would add to the complexity of the Council's reforms process and hoped that America would take a "moral view and not base itself on any temporary expediencies or exigencies of power politics."
Image: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi greets Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao during an informal dinner
Photographs: Jay Mandal/On Assignment
'I do not think we should be receiving lessons from Pakistan on morality'
Image: A man waves the Indian tricolour near the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai
Obama's visit a 'great success'
Terming Obama's support for India's bid for UNSC as a political statement, the foreign secretary, in an interview to Karan Thapar for CNBC TV18, said it was a statement with symbolism and substance.
Describing the Presidential visit as a 'great success', Rao also welcomed the US decision to lift the ban on export controls relating to dual-use items, saying it was a "very, very important and substantive step".
Image: US President Barack Obama with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
'We can afford that degree of candour'
Downplaying Obama's remarks that increased power comes with increased responsibility and India should not shy away from taking a hard stance on issues like human rights violation in Myanmar, Rao said he spoke frankly.
"He spoke with candour. But I think between friends and partners we can afford that degree of candour and openness," she said.
Image: US President Barack Obama addresses the Parliament
'Southeast Asia begins in north-east India'
"When it comes to Myanmar, we have been very open ourselves in relaying to the US what it is that drives our relationship with that country today. We share a contiguous border with Myanmar. We have concerns of security," she said.
"We would like to build connectivity because really Southeast Asia begins in north-east India. Therefore, obviously we would like inclusive political change in Myanmar," Rao said.
Image: Voters wait to cast their ballots at a polling station in Sittwe, Rakhine state in Myanmar
Photographs: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters