Vienna: India is keen to normalise relations
with Pakistan provided there are "conducive factors" and it
has also stepped up effort`s to enhance ties with China,
President Pratibha Patil on Wednesday told her Austrian counterpart.
Indo-Pak and Sino-India relations figured during the
bilateral talks that she held with Heinz Fischer here.
"There was a reference to the situation in Pakistan and
Indo-Pak relations and also Sino-India relations. And
primarily the President did mention that we look towards
normalisation of relations with Pakistan if various factors
conducive for this are provided," M Ganapathi, Secretary
(West), Ministry of External Affairs said while briefing
reporters here on the talks held.
He said that Patil, who is currently on a state visit to
the country, said that relations with China have moved on and
"there were various agreements on border and other issues and
we are further looking to enhancing our relations with China."
The issue of corruption also figured during the meeting
with Fischer talking about Austria based International
Anti-Corruption Academy that was set up March 8, 2011.
Patil told Fischer that the process is already on back in
the country to join the grouping that aims to function as an
independent centre of excellence in the field of anti-
corruption education, training, networking and cooperation, as
well as academic research.
Later during her press statement along with Fischer,
Patil said, "India is actively thinking of becoming a member."
She said India wants to deal "effectively" and
"seriously" with the issue of corruption.
Both the leaders also talked about the issue of
Palestinian bid for full membership of the United Nations and
both stated their respective known stands.