These developments call for greater care and wisdom in the handling of our relations with India and the US than has been exhibited so far. While working for a tension-free relationship with India, we should recognise that friendship with India will remain an elusive goal in the foreseeable future. Consequently, SAARC must be downgraded as a vehicle for regional cooperation. Instead, ECO must be built up by us as an organisation for regional economic integration. We must also adopt a long-term approach to the Kashmir dispute keeping in view the national, regional, and global ground realities. We need to lower our expectations from the US while maintaining and, where possible, strengthening our friendly relations with it. Finally, we should develop bridges of understanding and cooperation with Russia while deepening our strategic links with Iran.