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China supports Indo-Pak talks on Kashmir issue

The Indo-Pak peace process figured prominently in talks between Pervez Musharraf and Hu Jintao.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 20:53 IST

China on Monday welcomed the easing of tensions between India and Pakistan.

At the same time, China called for peace talks between the two for resolving all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

The Indo-Pak peace process figured prominently in talks between visiting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao.

During the talks, Hu called for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue, diplomats said.

"China welcomes Pakistan and India to improve their relations through (dialogue) and to negotiate to settle all their outstanding issues including Kashmir," Chinese foreign office spokesman Qin Gang quoted the Chinese leader as saying.

Musharraf, who is on a five-day visit to China, briefed Hu on the current situation in South Asia, especially the ongoing peace talks between Islamabad and New Delhi.

"We have an in-depth exchange of ideas on a number of issues and I am very interested in further pursing our discussions covering bilateral relations and questions of shared interests," Hu said at the start of the formal talks.

Earlier, Musharraf profusely apologised to the Chinese leadership over the killing of three Chinese engineers last week in his country and pledged to punish the guilty.