Pak can’t be selective on issues with India: Zardari
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, Aug 2: Pakistan wants friendly and good neighbourly relations with India but it cannot be selective about the issues that have to be discussed between the two countries, President Asif Ali Zardari said today.
Zardari, currently on an official visit to France, made the remarks during his meeting with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris.
Referring to relations with India, Zardari said Pakistan wanted to have "friendly and good neighbourly relations with India and an early resumption of dialogue on all issues as greed" by the Prime Ministers of the two countries during their meeting in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu in April.
"However, Pakistan cannot be selective on the issues that have to be discussed between the two countries of India and Pakistan," he was quoted as saying in an official statement.
India and Pakistan need to build on the progress achieved during the last four years under the Composite Dialogue process, Zardari said.
"Pakistan was more than willing for a constructive engagement and called for a cooperative approach to deal with the common threat of terrorism instead of the futile blame game," he said.
The Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan met in Islamabad on July 15 but were unable to make headway in deciding on future engagements between the two sides.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart S M Krishna engaged in a war of words after the talks ended in deadlock.
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