Pakistan, India agree to resolve all issues through dialogue: Sartaj

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Islamabad- Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan clearly articulated its concerns on different issues with the Indian leadership during the one day visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the neighboring country. Addressing a news conference along with Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi in Islamabad Wednesday, he said Nawaz Sharif undertook the visit to India with a clear vision based on strategic calculations and not just for a photo session. In order to make this vision a reality the starting point of talks with the Indian leadership was economic revival and development. He said a robust economic agenda which is priority of both the governments can not be advanced without peace in the region.

Both Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi therefore agreed that they have the mandate and their respective tenures ahead of them to meet the hopes and aspirations of one and a half billion peoples of the two countries. Sartaj Aziz said it was a ceremonial visit but it does not mean that the issue of Kashmir Describing the meeting between the Indian and Pakistani leadership as constructive, he said both the sides expressed their views on all matters of mutual concerns. There was clear recognition of each other's concerns and the need for mechanism to address them. He said the foreign secretaries of the two countries will meet soon to discuss the way forward. The two secretaries will review the bilateral agenda of talks.

Under the composite dialogue process, the two countries were holding discussions on eight subjects including Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek. Now the issue of water has also emerged between the two countries. Therefore the agenda of talks needs to be upudated and He said both the sides have agreed to convert confrontation into meaningful cooperation. Nawaz Sharif recalled Lahore declaration and expressed the desire to pick up the threads from where it were left.

Responding to a question about grant of Most Favored Nation Status to India, the Advisor on Foreign Affairs said this matter will be discussed after resumption of talks with India. About the Mumbai attack case, Sartaj Aziz said law will take its course in the case as the legal process is already underway. To another question, the advisor said both the countries are sincere and determined to move forward and work for peace. He said Pakistan has suffered immensely because of the war against terrorism. We are committed not to allow our territory to be used against any other country.

About the Afghan situation, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan favors dialogue amongst all the countries of the region to promote peace and stability in the region. He said we have advocated a measured and planned draw down of international troops from Afghanistan.

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28 may 2014