Zardari for determined efforts to better ties with India

Pakistan will make "determined efforts" to take forward relations with India.

Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 23:38 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan will make "determined
efforts" to take forward relations with India in the wake of
the "very good meeting" between the Prime Ministers of the two
countries on the sidelines of the cricket World Cup
semi-final, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Tuesday.

Dialogue was the only way forward to resolve all
outstanding issues between Pakistan and India, Zardari said
during a meeting with visiting British Prime Minister David
Cameron at the presidency.

"The dialogue process between Pakistan and India has
resumed and our Prime Minister had a very good meeting with
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Mohali and we have decided to
make determined efforts to move the relations forward across
the board," Zardari was quoted as saying in an official
statement.

Pakistani premier Yousuf Raza Gilani travelled to
Mohali on March 30 at his Indian counterpart`s invitation to
watch the India-Pakistan semi-final.

The two leaders held wide-ranging talks on the margins
of the match and reiterated their commitment to resolve all
outstanding issues through dialogue.

Cameron, who made a day-long visit to Pakistan, urged
India and Pakistan to strengthen their peace process and trade
relations, saying the time is ripe for the two countries to
replace the mistrust of the past with opportunities for mutual
progress.

During the meeting with Zardari, Cameron discussed
issues of bilateral cooperation, the Pakistan-Britain
strategic dialogue, the fight against militancy, regional
issues, trade access to EU markets for Pakistani goods,
collaboration in trade and investment and education.

Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said both
leaders affirmed their commitment to further enhancing
strategic and cooperative ties based on shared interests and
mutual respect.

Zardari said the two countries should gear up to
achieve objectives in the bilateral Enhanced Strategic
Dialogue.

Babar said Britain has committed nearly 450 million
pounds in economic and development assistance to Pakistan for
four years from 2011.

Of this, 650 million pounds have been earmarked for
education alone.

PTI