Khar arrives in India, hopes for good, friendly ties

July 26th, 2011 - 4:44 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar began her two-day visit to India Tuesday, saying she was hopeful the two countries can move forward as “good, friendly neighbours who have a stake in each other’s future”.

Khar will hold wide-ranging talks with her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna Wednesday.

The 34-year-old Khar, Pakistan’s first woman foreign foreign minister and the youngest, was warmly received by Sharat Sabharwal, India’s high commissioner to Pakistan, and Y.K. Sinha, joint secretary in charge of Pakistan in the foreign office.

They were joined by Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik and senior officials of the mission.

“This is my first trip to India and New Delhi as the foreign minister of Pakistan. I bring the good wishes of the people of Pakistan and the government of Pakistan,” Khar told reporters at the airport after touching down in a special flight.

She hoped that the two countries “have learnt lessons from history, but are not burdened by them”, setting a positive tone for the talks.

“I hope we can move forward as good, friendly neighbours who have stake in each other’s future and both the countries understand their responsibilities to the region and within the region,”

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