Manmohan Singh says Party and Government are agreed on joint statement

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New Delhi, July 25 (ANI): Refuting the reports of differences between the government and the Congress Party over Indo-Pak joint statement, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that they are only the creation of the media.

Singh's statement came a day after the Congress Core Committee decided to robustly support the his diplomatic initiative on Pakistan and counter the criticism of the opposition parties.

Earlier it was reported that several Congress leaders, and some of the senior ministers, had serious reservations over the formulation of the joint statement, especially delinking action on terror with the composite dialogue and the reference to Balochistan.

Singh also said his government has all relevant answers on Indo-Pak joint statement issued in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, and would give them at an appropriate time.

Singh is scheduled to address both the houses of parliament on the Indo-Pak joint statement on July 29.

On Friday the Congress Core Committee held a two hour-long meeting at the 7, Race Course residence of the Prime Minister, in the backdrop of unease in the party over the joint statement.

Apart from Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Defence Minister A.K.Antony, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, and Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Gandhi's Political Secretary Ahmed Patel among others attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, speaking to a news channel Home Minister P.Chidambaram also that there is no difference in the party and the government over the joint statement and party would stand firmly behind Singh when the issue comes up in the Parliament. (ANI)

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