Pakistan looking forward to talks with India in Tehran: Khar

By PPI
Published: August 29, 2012
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Zardari and Singh to talk on important issues during meeting.

Zardari and Singh to talk on important issues during meeting.

TEHRAN: As President Asif Ali Zardari jetted off to Tehran to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference, Pakistan is looking forward talks with India on the sidelines to resolve important issues between the two neighbouring countries.

In what is due to be a second meeting between President Zardari and Indian Premier Manmohan Singh this year‚ Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday that the environment between the two countries was now moving towards trust building.

She said all previous talks between the two leaders have been “very useful particularly in New Delhi and we hope same spirit would continue in Tehran.”

Hina Khar said both sides need to show commitment to move forward. As far as Pakistan is concerned it was committed to moving forward beyond any other issues that might arise between the two countries.

Among those issues is terrorism, with India Today reporting that Singh may press for sterner action against the Mumbai attackers.

Zardari previously met informally with Singh during a day long trip to India in April. He has since extended a formal invitation to the Indian premier to visit Pakistan.

The 16th NAM conference is scheduled to be held in Iran from August 29-31.

Zardari arrives in Iran

President Asif Ali Zardari arrived in Tehran late on Wednesday to attend the Non-Aligned Movement Summit where he would present Pakistan’s vision for a new and reinvigorated NAM, besides holding bilateral meetings with leaders of Iran and India.

President Zardari was received by Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar at the Mehrabad airport.

The President was accompanied by Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The President in a brief meeting at the airport appreciated the Iranian leadership for successful hosting of the summit.

The President would also hold substantial talks with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and the Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and discuss a range of bilateral issues.

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President Zardari was received by Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar at the Mehrabad airport.

The President was accompanied by Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The President in a brief meeting at the airport appreciated the Iranian leadership for successful hosting of the summit.

Pakistan’s 8-points for NAM

President Asif Ali Zardari hopes to share his proposal for the establishment of a NAM Ad Hoc Working group for discussing and forging a draft common vision statement on New Multilateralism and the role of the Movement in the 21st Century.

During the summit, Pakistan would reiterate its eight point action programme for revitalising the Non Aligned Movement to effectively address the new and emerging global challenges in the areas of peace, security and development in the 21st Century.

Zardari hoped the world leaders would be able to chart out a new course of action for the organisation, established in 1961.

President Zardari in his address to the summit on Thursday was expected to share Pakistan’s stance on key global issues, including the evolving situation in Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan and other matters. Pakistan believes that a just solution of Palestine issue on the basis of Palestinian people’s right to self-determination was essential for peace, security and prosperity.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Iron
    Aug 30, 2012 - 1:30AM

    Red Alert : Saffron Hate Trolls are going to comment here, so peace lovers needs to remain calm and enjoy the aggression.

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  • V. C. Bhutani
    Aug 30, 2012 - 7:13AM

    This is an encouraging development. It can transform the dynamics of Pakistan–India relationship in a manner that may spell the difference between good relations and bad relations. It may usher in a phase of peace and development in the bilateral relationship as well as generally in the region. The catch lies in Pakistan ensuring that terrorists do not use Pakistan’s soil for planning and executing terrorist attacks on India. By now, even if we leave out Indian views on the subject, even the rest of the world, including US, UK, and France, recognize that, for instance, Mumbai 26/11 (2008) was the handiwork of Pakistan based LeT, whose founder goes on making public appearances in Pakistan delivering fulminations against India on the excuse of working for the good of the people of Kashmir. Let me submit that Pakistan has no case on Kashmir. Pakistan has been an aggressor and an interloper in AJK and the Northern Areas from the moment of Pakistan’s independence. If official agencies in Pakistan and people like Hafiz Saeed go on acting on the pretext of grabbing Kashmir from India, then there is no hope of peace between Pakistan and India, now or ever. V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 30 Aug 2012, 0742 IST

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  • Raj Kafir
    Aug 30, 2012 - 8:28AM

    Both Zardari and Singh are serious in improving bilateral relations. But there are factors beyond their control.

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  • M.Ahmer Ali
    Aug 30, 2012 - 10:19AM

    “TEHRAN: As President Asif Ali Zardari jetted off to Tehran to participate in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference, Pakistan is looking forward talks with India on the sidelines to resolve important issues between the two neighboring countries.”
    “She said all previous talks between the two leaders have been “very useful particularly in New Delhi and we hope same spirit would continue in Tehran.”
    Except first and foremost soluble issue on priority basis as soon as possible the “Kashmir issue”…..

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