India and Pakistan must try to resolve the “core issue” of Kashmir and other outstanding problems to start a “new era” of trust, amity and friendship in the region, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said.
Addressing the third Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia (CICA) in Istanbul, Qureshi noted that External Affairs Minister S M Krishna would be visiting Pakistan on July 15.
“I look forward to have constructive and result-oriented dialogue with him.”
“We believe that as the two largest countries in South Asia, Pakistan and India must earnestly endeavour to resolve all outstanding disputes including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir to start a new era of trust, amity and friendship in the region,” Qureshi said.
He also told the participants at the Summit that the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India held a constructive meeting in Thimphu, Bhutan in April and they agreed to resume the stalled dialogue process at the Foreign Ministers’ level.
Qureshi also spoke on the issue of terrorism as well as the situation in Afghanistan.
Pakistan, like other CICA member countries, is deeply concerned on the continued instability in Afghanistan, he said.