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

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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

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