Progress in dialogue process with India: Kasuri
He regretted that the two countries have not been able to resolve any outstanding issues including Kashmir.india Updated: Jun 20, 2006 19:34 IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri has informed a grouping of Islamic countries that "some" progress has been made in the dialogue process with India but the two countries are yet to resolve any contentious issue, including Kashmir.
"Some progress has been made in the composite dialogue with India on various confidence building measures," Kasuri said addressing the meeting of Foreign Ministers of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) at Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, on Monday.
However, he "regretted" that the two countries have not been able to resolve any outstanding issues including Kashmir.
"History bore witness that relations between Pakistan and India could deteriorate quite suddenly," he was quoted as saying.
Kasuri said President Pervez Musharraf has shown "immense flexibility and courage" in the ongoing composite dialogue with India.
He also praised OIC for appointing Ezzat Kamil Mufti as special representative on Kashmir and hoped his appointment would "facilitate" implementation of OIC's decisions on Kashmir.
On tenuous relations with Afghanistan specially on the issue of infiltration of Taliban militants, Kasuri said Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Kabul, that were based on deep-rooted bonds of culture and common faith, history and heritage.
He said a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was a pre-requisite for regional peace and development.
"If Afghanistan suffered, so would Pakistan, and Afghanistan's progress was a common interest."