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Khurshid praise

New Delhi, March 22: External affairs minister Salman Khurshid today applauded Mamata Banerjee for agreeing to stand by the Centre’s foreign policy.

Asked if he would interpret Trinamul’s stance as a sign of a softening towards the Congress, Khurshid said: “It is not a matter of softness or hardness. Trinamul has made a principled statement that we believe is correct and proper to state at this juncture. It was very encouraging for us. We would like to be close to everyone, our past and current allies…. Sometimes, it is possible to reach a consensus on a policy. What works when is difficult to say.”

Asked if Mamata’s stand opened a window to secure her support on the Teesta water pact with Bangladesh, he said: “I can’t say, I don’t know their (the Trinamul Congress’s) definition of foreign policy.”