End trust deficit to solve issues: PM to Gilani

Singh has said all issues between two countries can be resolved if trust deficit could be eliminated.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has
told his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani that all
issues between the two countries can be resolved if the trust
deficit could be eliminated, Parliament was informed today.

Making an identical statement in Lok Sabha and Rajya
Sabha on the Prime Minister`s visit to Bhutan where he met
Gilani, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said Singh had
conveyed India`s "serious concerns" over terrorism emanating
from Pakistan and sought expeditious action against the
perpetrators of the Mumbai attack.

The minister could not read out the statement in Lok
Sabha and laid it amid the din caused by members who were
targeting Telecom Minister A Raja in the 2G spectrum issue.

In the Rajya Sabha, members wanted to seek clarifications
on the statement but Ministers of State for Parliamentary
Affairs Prithviraj Chavan and V Narayansami said it could be
done either on Wednesday or Thursday.

In the statement, Krishna said Singh had a cordial and
frank discussion with Gilani.

"He (Singh) told him (Gilani) that if the trust deficit
between India and Pakistan can be eliminated all issues can be
resolved through dialogue," Krishna said.

Quoting Singh, the Minister underlined that good
neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan were in the
interest of both the countries as well as in the interest of
the peace, stability and development in the region.

Singh urged Gilani to expedite action against
perpetrators of Mumbai attack and was assured that Pakistan
was serious about bringing these perpetrators to book.

Krishna said that the Foreign Ministers and Foreign
Secretaries of the two countries have been entrusted with the
responsibility to work out mechanisms on how the trust deficit
can be removed.


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