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Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar called on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today. She was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, High Commissioner Shahid Malik and Additional Secretary Sajjad Kamran.

The Foreign Minister conveyed the greetings of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani to the Indian Prime Minister. She reiterated the commitment of the Pakistani leadership for friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations with India.

Foreign Minister recalled that at Thimphu the two Prime Ministers had agreed that dialogue was the only way forward. The direction given by the two Prime Minister had led to the resumption of the full spectrum dialogue process.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomed the progress made in the Pakistan-India dialogue process and termed it as “heralding of a new spring” in the relations between the two countries. He stressed that India wanted the “friendliest” of relations with Pakistan. India wanted the resolution of all issues with Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Khar handed over a letter of invitation from Prime Minister Gilani to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accepted the invitation and said that he would visit Pakistan at mutually convenient dates.

27 July 2011

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