‘Pakistan wants result-oriented talks with India'

March 8, 2010

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Sunday underlined Islamabad's willingness to establish friendly relations with all neighboring countries, including India, DawnNews reported.

Talking to media, Qureshi said: “Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding disputes with India. But we are not in hurry for resumption of Composite Dialogue, if New Delhi is unwilling.”
India and Pakistan recently held secretary level talks in India. Although the talks were not able to deliver concrete results, the dialogue is believed to have reinforced confidence in both the countries that had abandoned negotiating table after the Mumbai bombings of November 2008.
Concerning talks with India, Qureshi said problems between countries cannot be properly resolved without talks. However, he stressed that action cannot be taken with words alone.
Qureshi also said that establishing one-sided relations by Pakistan would not lead to peace in the region and called on the Indian government to change its policies towards Islamabad.
Regarding relations with Kabul, he stressed that bilateral ties with Afghanistan had been growing and developing on a daily basis ever since the endorsement of the joint treaty in January 2009.
Quershi also referred to the sheltering of three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan as an instance of Islamabad's resolve on maintaining solidarity and unity with Afghanistan.
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Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (AP photo)