Pakistan has welcomed U.S. President Bush's statement that Pakistan and India should settle the Kashmir dispute.
President Bush made the remarks ahead of his visit to South Asia, beginning on Wednesday.
"President Bush's remarks are the same which Pakistan and President Musharraf are saying for a long time. However, the international community's attention on the issue is a positive change," Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri said Tuesday.
"We are hopeful that President Bush's visit will yield positive results to settle the longstanding Kashmir problem," he said.
Pakistan and India have fought three wars, two over Kashmir, since their independence in 1947.
"We want a durable peace with India, but history tells us that for this purpose, the Kashmir issue (should) be solved. And we are trying on this count," Kasuri said.
"We are trying to solve the issue bilaterally and are also engaged in the composite dialogue for the last two years," he said.
"Although the two countries have made enough progress in many areas like people to people contacts and trade, unfortunately the desired progress has not been made on the issue of Kashmir," he said.