Pak foreign minister lays stress on 'conflict resolution' with India

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Islamabad, Aug 10 : Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that there was a need for progress in bilateral disputes with India, and moving away from conflict management to conflict resolution.

He said the ongoing process of confidence building between the two sides had made significant progress.

"It is important to have in tandem progress in all segments, including bilateral disputes," said Qureshi on Friday during a meeting with a delegation of the Pakistan-India Track-II Diplomacy (Neemrana Initiative).

Neemrana is a non-official dialogue aimed at facilitating greater understanding between India and Pakistan through exchanges and discussions among experienced former officials of the two countries.

The foreign minister said there was progress in the composite dialogue and the two countries should take more confidence-building measures to resolve contentious issues. "The composite dialogue has made a considerable progress towards confidence building, bilateral trade and people-to-people contacts," the Dawn quoted Quereshi as saying.

On the occasion, Qureshi apprised the members of the delegation of Pakistan government's efforts to carry forward the Pakistan-India peace process. The foreign minister praised the forum for its efforts to promote better understanding between the people of the two countries.

The minister also expressed the hope that the forum would continue to come up with innovative ideas and options for moving the peace process forward.

ANI

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