India Pakistan ties and border

29 Oct

 

Wagah – Attari Border Closing ceremony by India & Pakistan


New India FM for stronger Pakistan ties

NEW DELHI: According to media reports, India’s new External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Sunday that it would be his endeavour to reinforce the country’s ties Pakistan.

Interacting with media after his appointment as foreign minister, Khurshid said: “There are completely different perspectives on Pakistan and China. China is in that sense we are clearer about where we stand with China. We have had differences historically. I believe that with the passage of time and emergence of a new economic order in the world has brought China and India far closer together, working together but the potential of growth between China and India, I think is enormous.”

Earlier on Saturday, Khurshid’s predecessor S.M. Krishna had observed that over the years he had seen a positive shift in the relationship of Pakistan and China with India.

Khurshid also raised concerns over the political scenario in Pakistan.

“As far as Pakistan is concerned, Pakistan has been an extremely troubled situation in a very troubled part of the world and it is a neighbour and that is a concern for us as well. I think the convergence between India and Pakistan today is on issues that for long we insisted, those issues which were a major concern to India both in terms of our security and our dignity. Many of those issues have now emerged in Pakistan itself and have become a concern for Pakistani establishment. So if there was ever, ever a convergent point on tackling these issues between India and Pakistan, it is there today,” he said.

Khurshid said: “We want to be able to look at possible roots towards being able to work more closely together, be able to understand each other’s problems and to the extent that we can solve each other’s problems mutually and by convergence of opinion on both our countries. I think it is something that we should work towards.”

The government announced a major cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, where 22 federal ministers, including junior ministers, were sworn in.

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Pakistan, China high on the priority list: Salman Khurshid – NewsX


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Published on Oct 28, 2012 by 

India’s new Foreign Affairs Minister, 59-year-old Salman Khurshid, is on familiar ground. He was the junior minister for External Affairs from 1993 to 1996. His father, Khurshed Alam Khan, had also served as Foreign Affairs Minister. Khurshid, in an exclusive interview to NewsX, said that Pakistan and China are high on his priority list as the country’s external affairs minister.

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