India wants ties with ASEAN nations but will not get involved in their disputes: Hamid Ansari

New Delhi, September 19: India wants to develop "comprehensive" ties with ASEAN nations but will not get involved in any of their territorial or maritime disputes, Vice President Hamid Ansari has said.

"India has a very clear cut view on Southeast Asia. We want to develop a comprehensive relationship based on satisfaction of each other's requirement," he told reporters last night on his way back from a four-day two-nation tour of Cambodia and Laos. 

On being asked about many Southeast Asian countries embroiled in territorial and maritime disputes, can India emerge as a stabilising force, Ansari, replied, "We are not in the business of providing stabilisers that has to be done by the ship-building industry." 

Stressing that India has a very good relationship with ASEAN, Ansari said, "It is incumbent on us and we have done it, to have not only good relations with something called ASEAN but good relations with every member of ASEAN. " 

He said India was doing this diligently doing and will continue to do it.

On the issue of terrorism, Ansari said the menace has now become an international phenomenon and can only be countered by international cooperation.

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