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Am here to promote friendship: Gilani

india Updated: Mar 31, 2011 00:29 IST
Jayanth Jacob

Leading a high-power delegation to watch a high-voltage match, Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani arrived here.

Gilani on his first visit to India as the Prime Minister of Pakistan was accompanied by his wife Fauzia. Union minister of state for Communication Sachin Pilot and Pakistan High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik among others received the duo at the defence airport here.

Before boarding the Pakistan Air Force to Mohali, Gilani said, "As far as our relations are concerned, I am happy that our talks have resumed. The talks between the Interior Secretaries were conducted in a positive manner. I appreciate that." Mixing cricket and diplomacy, "The idea behind my visit to Mohali is to promote cricket and friendship with India," he said. He said PM Manmohan Singh was an experienced politician with a positive attitude.

"He (Singh) wants to work for peace and prosperity in this region. We are both committed to this and we want the environment to improve so that we can serve the people."

"I have never seen him (Singh) being negative..." he said. Gilani said he expected his visit to lead to "some progress" between the two countries and "an improvement in relations".