China asks India, Pakistan to probe Mumbai attacks

December 23rd, 2008 - 10:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 23 (Xinhua) China Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to probe the Mumbai terror attacks through peaceful consultations. “We hope to see improvement in the India-Pakistan relations,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a press conference in responding to questions on the South Asia situation.

He said improvement in the relationship between India and Pakistan, both important nations in South Asia, will help to maintain regional peace and stability.

China would, as always, support efforts by both countries to improve bilateral relations and safeguard regional peace, Qin said.

He said China had strongly denounced the attacks on Mumbai that killed at least 173 people and more than 300 others injured.

“We agree that the international community should cooperate to fight terrorism,” he said, adding that the identity of the mastermind in the Mumbai terror attacks awaited further investigation by concerned countries.

He called on India and Pakistan to work together through peaceful consultations to investigate the cause of the attacks and combat terrorism.

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