Pakistan hopes Obama's visit to India to be conducive to regional peace

21:05, November 04, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Pakistan hoped Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to India would contribute to peace and stability in South Asia.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said the United States understood how important Jammu and Kashmir issue is for peace and stability of the region.

"Pakistan hopes the United States will continue making its efforts towards resolving this (Kashmir) dispute," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told a weekly press briefing.

Obama will begin his first official visit to India on Saturday and meet Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Patil. He will also address the Indian parliament.

The spokesman said Pakistan's relations with the United States should not be seen through the prism of Washington's relations with New Delhi. "Our relations with the U.S. are independent of what happens between the United States and India."

He pointed out that the United States is interested in having long-term strategic partnership with Pakistan.

Asked to comment on Obama's reported remarks in an interview regarding Mumbai attacks in 2008, the spokesman said Pakistan is committed to bringing perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to justice. "But it needs India's assistance and cooperation for the successful completion of the trial," he said.

When his attention was drawn to statements emanating from India acknowledging the need for solution of the long-standing Kashmir dispute, the spokesman said such conciliatory but vague statements are not unexpected given that Obama is to visit India.

Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars on Kashmir since their independence in 1947.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Chinese Navy soldiers hold an evening party marking the upcoming 62nd National Day aboard Chinese Navy hospital ship "Peace Ark" in the Pacific on Sept. 28, 2011. The Chinese National Day falls on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 30, 2011 shows the crowd at the plaza of Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China. The railway transportation witnessed a travel peak with the approach of the seven-day National Day holidays on Friday. (Xinhua)
  • A man wearing high-heel shoes takes part in the 3rd annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, an event when men literally walk in women's shoes to raise awareness about ending violence against women, at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows a cargo ship in danger on the sea near Zhuhai City, south China's Guangdong Province. Cargo ship Fangzhou 6 of Qingzhou of southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region lost control after water stormed into its cabin due to Typhoon Nesat on the sea near Zhuhai Thursday, leaving 12 crew members in danger. Rescuers rushed to the ship and saved them by using a helicopter. (Xinhua)
  • Actress Gong Li poses for L'Officiel Magazine. (Xinhua Photo)
  • Demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street campaign hold placards as they march in the financial district of New York September 29, 2011. After hundreds of protesters were denied access to some areas outside the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, demonstrators set up a rag-tag camp three blocks away. Zuccotti Park is a campground festooned with placards and anti-Wall Street slogans. The group is adding complaints of excessive police force against protesters and police treatment of ethnic minorities and Muslims to its grievances list, which includes bank bailouts, foreclosures and high unemployment. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
Hot Forum Discussion