Qureshi for friendly ties with India

  • PTI, Islamabad
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  • Updated: Apr 02, 2008 16:58 IST

Seeking "just and equitable" resolution to the Kashmir issue, Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said his country wants friendly relations with India and noted that there are "signals of reciprocity" from the other side.

Qureshi said that regional and economic security, national defence and the "just" resolution of the Kashmir issue will be among the top priorities of his ministry.

Pakistan wants friendly relations with India and there are "signals of reciprocity" from the other side, he told a TV channel.

"Pakistan is a sovereign country and we wish the just and equitable resolution of Kashmir issue," Qureshi said.

Referring to delay in resuming negotiations with India, he said the dialogue will be restarted with the formation of the new coalition government led by PPP.

The country's foreign policy should not be confined to having good relations with foreign nations and it will have to give top priority to economic security and a reliable defence capability.

"Pakistan is a peaceful country and wants peace and security in the region," he said.

Describing his priorities, the minister said no country would be allowed to target Pakistani territory in the name of the war against terrorism. Pakistan will take action by itself against militants on reliable information, he said.


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