PM hopes Pakistan will address infiltration, ceasefire issues

October 1st, 2008 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghOn Board PM’s Special Aircraft, Oct 1 (IANS) Underlining India’s “serious efforts” to normalise ties with Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said he hoped Islamabad would address New Delhi’s concerns about cross-border infiltration and ceasefire violations.Days after he met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in New York, a meeting he described as “an essay in mutual comprehension”, Manmohan Singh said the new government in Islamabad “means well” and hoped that India “can move forward to strengthen our interaction with Pakistan”.

“We are committed to resolving all outstanding issues between our two countries through peaceful dialogue,” the prime minister told reporters while returning from a 10-day visit to the US and France.

“There are certain concerns we have about infiltration and about violations of ceasefire. I raised these issues,” he said while referring to his 45-minute meeting with Zardari on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Sep 24.

“I hope that in the days and months to come, the government of Pakistan will have the wisdom to address some of them.”

“…We have to prepare these visits well,” Manmohan Singh told reporters when asked about the likelihood of his visit to Pakistan.

“We have made serious efforts to normalise our relation with Pakistan. I think that is yet another area where we can claim some credit.”

Lauding India’s rising profile, he spoke about his government’s myriad achievements in the area of foreign policy, including “better ties with all superpowers as well as neighbours”.

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