PM assures Gilani on Indus Water Treaty

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Beijing, Oct 24 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today assured his Pakistani counterpart Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Indus Water treaty and said that India is committed to its commitments.

Dr. Singh was talking to the media after his meeting with Gilani on the sidelines of the seventh Asia Europe Summit (ASEM) in Beijing, which lasted about 20 minutes.

Gilani reciprocated by pronouncing his country's commitment in the fight against terrorism and urged that the two countries should fight it out together.

"That the implementation of the Indus Water Treaty in letter and in substance is a commitment which we take seriously. We are committed to honouring all our commitments," said Dr. Singh.

Gilani said, "Terrorism is such a menace which we condemn all of its manifestation. We have just one stand on terrorism that this is harmful for both the countries."

"Our focus should be to iron out our differences to mitigate hunger, diseases and education and health should be provided to the people. We are poor nations and cannot afford this terrorism. We have a stand that we are against terrorism and we have to fight it jointly," Gilani added.

This is the second meeting between the two leaders after their meeting on the margins of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Colombo in August this year, where Pakistan announced a probe in the bombing at the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

The current meeting comes a month after Dr. Singh met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last month.

Meanwhile, the ASEM Summit has begun in Beijing and global financial crisis will dominate the agenda of the meeting.

Dr. Singh will address the Summit on Saturday.

Besides the global financial crisis, issues like energy, climate change and food security will also figure in the deliberations. On the sidelines of the Summit, the Prime Minister today met his Italian and Vietnamese counterparts as well as the President of Mongolia, Namaryn Enkhbayar and discussed issues relating to bilateral relations and the current global economic turmoil. By Naveen Kapoor

ANI

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