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China welcomes India-Pak Prime Minister's meet on SAARC

world Updated: May 04, 2010 17:21 IST

China on Tuesday welcomed the recent meeting between Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers on the sidelines of recent SAARC summit in Bhutan, saying that improvement of relations between the two countries is good for the sub-continent and peace and stability of Asia.

"Both India and Pakistan are neighbours of China and are countries of major influence in South Asia. The improvement and development of relations between these two countries will not only be good for South Asia but also for peace, stability and development of whole Asia," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Jiang Yu told a media briefing here today.

She was answering a question on the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Sayed
Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of SAARC summit.

"China is glad to see that during the SAARC Summit the two leaders held a meeting and displayed their positive willingness to improve the bilateral situation. China welcomes and supports the two countries to enter into dialogue and ensures cooperation to resolve their disputes and achieve common development," she said.

When asked to comment on the political situation in Nepal with reference to the agitation being conducted by Maoists demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, she expressed hope that political parties could properly handle differences and seek a political consensus for the peace in the nation.

As a friendly neighbour "we sincerely hope the Nepalese political forces will take the national interest into consideration, hold dialogue, coordinate, and seek a political consensus," she said.

Jiang called on the parties to properly handle differences, promote the hard-won peace process and realise political stability and economic development at an early date.

"It is in Nepal's fundamental interest, and is good for regional peace and stability," Jiang said adding that the Chinese Government adheres to the principal of non interference in the internal affairs of any country.