Indo-Pak composite dialogue to resume from March 21 in New Delhi

March 2nd, 2011 - 11:29 am ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Islamabad, Mar 2(ANI): Pakistan and India will resume the composite dialogue process from March 21 in New Delhi to normalise their bilateral relations.

In a response to a question regarding the Indian Prime Minister’s address to the joint session of the Parliament on February 24, 2011, the [Foreign Office] Spokesperson said: “We agree with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s views that development of South Asia will only be possible when Pakistan-India relations are normalized. Pakistan desires good neighbourly relations with India.”

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the recent Foreign Secretary-level talks in Thimphu were a significant breakthrough, and that both India and Pakistan had agreed to resume dialogue on all issues.

“This holds hope for a meaningful and sustained process of engagement to bridge the trust deficit, resolve all outstanding issues, notably the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and for creating an enabling environment for promoting peace and prosperity in the region as a whole,” it added.

On the issue of terrorism, the statement said: “Pakistan believes that this issue is global and regional, and warrants a comprehensive and cooperative approach on the part of all states to eliminate this menace. Pakistan has suffered more from terrorism than any other state.”

“Pakistan looks forward to the meeting of Interior and Home Secretaries of Pakistan and India on counter terrorism; narcotics control and humanitarian issues in New Delhi later this month,” it added.

According to The Nation, the first meeting of both sides’ Interior and Home Secretaries will take place on March 21.

The composite dialogue process between the two nuclear neighbours was suspended following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. (ANI)

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