No need for third-party in Indo-Pak talks: Indian vice president

Hamid Ansari says India can talk to Pakistan in five different languages and does not require anyone to interfere.


Express October 16, 2011

NEW DEHLI: Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari said that there is no need for a third-party to mediate between India and Pakistan over bilateral issues, reported Express 24/7 Sunday.

“We can talk to Pakistan in five different languages. So, there is no need for anyone in the world to play a role,” said Ansari while speaking to the media.

The long-strained relations between the two countries started to improve recently as talks, halted after the Mumbai 2008 incident, resumed this year following the appointment of Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

On Friday, both countries finalised the draft of new Bilateral Visa Agreement to ease travel for nationals of either country desiring to visit the other.

(Read: Steps towards peace?)

Pakistan, in principle, also decided to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India which provides trade equality by ensuring that an importing country will not discriminate against another country’s goods in favour of those from a third. The trade ministers of both countries also announced that trade between the two countries would soon reach $6 billion a year, more than double the current amount.

India also dropped its objections to the European Union importing goods from Pakistan duty-free.

COMMENTS (29)

Ishant | 9 years ago | Reply

Whatever is happening in Kashmir is between the people of Kashmir valley and Indian government, if Pakistan wants Indo-Pak relations to remain hostile because of that, then so be it, you can wait all your life for "Kashmir banega Pakistan" dream of yours, keep on wasting your men, money and machines on it, your loss, not ours:))

Ikramuddin Akbar | 9 years ago | Reply @punjabi: Thanks for the offer! by the way winter is coming and we Muslims enjoy "PAYE' very much in this season here ,would you mind if i invite you to join you here at Karachi if you happen to visit Pakistan as obtaining visa will be more easier by then."Sajji "could be an additional dish too if you would care
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