Reaching out to his new counterpart in Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday congratulated Raja Pervez Ashraf and expressed confidence that the two countries will make progress on bilateral issues and build good neighbourly relations during his tenure.
“I would like to extend to you my heartiest congratulations on your appointment as Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” Singh wrote.
“I am confident that during your term as Prime Minister, our two countries will continue to make progress in their bilateral dialogue on all issues and build good neighbourly relations by strengthening their cooperation in all areas for the benefit of the peoples of both countries,” the message read.
Soon after Ashraf was administered oath as the Prime Minister last night, he said bettering of ties with India would be one of his foreign policy priorities. He said Pakistan will work to resolve problems like the Kashmir issue.