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India desires friendly and cooperative relations with Pakistan: Prez

Posted on Dec 08, 07:29PM | UNI

President Pranab Mukherjee has said that India desires friendly and cooperative relations with Pakistan.

Addressing a Parliamentary delegation from Pakistan, led by member of Pakistan Parliament Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, which called on him at Rashtrapati Bhawan yesterday, the President said,"India wants more people-to-people contacts between the two countries as it is a powerful way to build and strengthen the constituency of peace in both countries." Welcoming efforts to achieve full normalization of trade by the end of the year and Pakistan's decision to transition to a 'negative' list for imports from India, the President said,"an appropriate conducive atmosphere needs to be created to tackle the more complex, difficult issues." Describing terrorism as the biggest threat to peace and tranquility, the President said," Terrorism respects no boundaries and causes wanton destruction. No one in the world is safe from terrorism. Action should be taken before it become unmanageable." Expressing happiness over greater interaction between the Parliaments of the two countries, Mr Mukherjee said, "elected representatives in both countries have an important role to play in efforts to build good neighbourly ties." Leader of the Pakistani delegation said exchange of Parliamentary Delegations will contribute to improvement in relations.

He welcomed the revival of dialogue and said bilateral trade would benefit both sides.

He said Pakistan is also facing terrorism. Their leader Benezir Bhutto fell victim to a terrorist attack.

"Terrorism cannot be solved by one country alone. The whole world has to fight against terrorism,"he said.