Pakistan ready for composite dialogue: FO
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Islamabad, Feb 28: Three days after the Foreign Secretaries meeting, Pakistan today said it is ready to participate in the composite dialogue process with India provided there are no preconditions from the other side.
“The ball is in India’s court. We are ready for a proper process of composite dialogue,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said, adding that Pakistan could participate in the process if India did not set any conditions.
Basit made the remarks while responding to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that there is no other way but the composite dialogue for the solution of disputes between India and Pakistan.
Pakistan too can set a number of preconditions for starting a dialogue but “it believes in settlement of bilateral issues with India through a positive negotiation process”, he told a TV news channel.
“We welcome the Indian desire for resumption of composite dialogue,” Basit said, adding that Pakistan has always been making efforts in this regard.
The Pakistani delegation that visited India last week for the Foreign Secretary-level talks had gone with a positive approach, he said.
“We have given a roadmap to the Indians and now it depends on them as and when they respond to this roadmap positively,” he added.
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