Pak ’seriously’ wants to resume peace talks with India : FO

June 19th, 2009 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Islamabad, June 19 (ANI): Pakistan has said that it ’seriously’ wants to resume the stalled peace process with India, to resolve the long pending issues, including that of Kashmir.

Addressing a weekly briefing, Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit, said Islamabad wanted a result-oriented dialogue with New Delhi to resolve all outstanding issues between the two neighbours.

“Pakistan is a responsible country and seriously wants to resume the dialogue process with India to resolve the disputes between the two countries through negotiations,” The Daily Times quoted Basit, as saying.

Referring to the meeting of President Asif Ali Zardari with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in Yekaterinburg in Russia on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, Basit said the meeting was successful, as the two leaders agreed to resume the secretary level talks.

“The SCO summit provided a great opportunity for Pakistan and India to break the ice and both the countries have agreed to resume the dialogue process at the secretary level,” he said.

Basit said both the leaders also reached a consensus to meet again later at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit scheduled to be held at Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

However, to avoid further embarrassment after Dr. Singh’s tough talks during the Yekaterinburg meeting, Zardari, apparently has decided to skip the NAM summit to be held in July.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani would represent Pakistan in the summit.

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