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We want substantive talks with India: Pak

But Musharraf said that substantive talks is only possible when there is a solution to the Kashmir, Siachen and the Sir Creek issues.

india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 17:42 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said he wanted "substantive talks" with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but "that is only possible when there is a solution to the Siachen and the Sir Creek issues and headway in the Kashmir issue.

"We want good relations with India but the existing conflicts are a barrier and it is not possible (to have good relations with India) without a resolution of the disputes," he told reporters at the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS)-2006 at the Expo Centre in Karachi.

He expected some headway towards conflict resolution in his meeting with Manmohan Singh, who Musharraf said would soon visit Pakistan.

The News quoted him as saying: "Pakistan and India would have to move forward jointly for close cooperation, confidence-building and dispute resolution."

Cautioning patience, he said: "Such complicated issues could not be resolved immediately."

Some progress had been made in the dialogue process, he said, hoping that the two countries would reach at some conclusion, The Nation said on Thursday.

Daily Times said Manmohan Singh had accepted an invitation by Musharraf to visit Pakistan.

"I am not disappointed as the process is going on in the right direction and hopefully the (situation) will improve in future," Musharraf said. "Our endeavours are to attain the result."

Manmohan Singh has not set a date for his trip to Pakistan.

First Published: Nov 23, 2006 16:47 IST