India asks Pakistan to eschew rhetoric

In a strong message to Pakistan, India asked it to "eschew rhetoric" that does not create a condusive environment for a comprehensive, sustained and serious dialogue.

New Delhi: In a strong message to Pakistan,
India on Friday asked it to "eschew rhetoric" that does not create
a condusive environment for a comprehensive, sustained and
serious dialogue especially when the two countries are
embarking on re-engagement.

"We have seen remarks made by the Spokesperson of
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the US Senate
Foreign Relations Committee report `Avoiding water wars: Water
Scarcity and Central Asia`s Growing importance for stability
in Afghanistan and Pakistan," MEA spokesperson said.

He also said the Indus Waters Treaty is an example of
mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries,
which has withstood the test of time for the past 50 years.

"India has always strictly adhered to the provisions of
the Treaty even during times when hostilities have broken
out between the two countries," the spokesperson said.

"As we embark on re-engagement between the two
countries, it is important that we eschew rhetoric that does
not create a conducive environment for a comprehensive,
sustained and serious dialogue," the spokesperson said.

PTI

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