Kashmir part of composite dialogue: Pak

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Islamabad, Jul 20: Pakistan has welcomed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks that New Delhi and Islamabad should settle the Kashmir problem bilaterally, and said it looked forward to resumption of the composite dialogue to discuss the issue.

"The two countries have agreed to discuss this issue bilaterally by agreeing to the composite dialogue framework. And Kashmir dispute is a part of that framework," said Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit.

"We look forward to discuss the Kashmir issue along with other issues including terrorism," he told an Indian news channel.

When asked if his comments meant that Pakistan would be happy if US was not a broker on the issue, Basit said, "I am not saying that. I am just saying that it's a part of composite dialogue and we are looking forward to discussing that."

"But as a matter of fact there are friendly countries; there are countries which are friend to India and friend to Pakistan. And to say that - the both countries to resolve their disputes, I think this suggestion is welcome, as far as Pakistan is concerned," The News quoted Basit, as saying.


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