India has realized that talks are the only way forward: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s approach was positive and he also wanted to get out of the deadlock and address the economic and trade issues in the region.

Addressing the press conference here on Friday the Foreign Minister said that the Indian Premier wished that that ties between India and Pakistan to be more cordial and comfortable. Gilani Manmohan meeting on the sideline of SAARC Summit was positive and fruitful, Qureshi said.

He said the leadership of both the countries have accepted that dialogue is the only way to move forward. During the meeting the Prime Ministers of both the countries have decided that the Foreign Ministers and Secretaries would meet to discuss the modalities of getting composite dialogue on the track, he added.

The Foreign Minister further said things are not going to get resolved over night it will take some time. He said there is no need for new architecture for the resumption of the talks.

Foreign Minister Qureshi stated that there was no reluctance in beginning composite dialogue either. He said that India wanted to focus only on terrorism. We have issues like Kashmir, SirCreek, and Water to be resolved while it is true that there has been some trust deficit between the both countries, he commented.

We have told them that terrorism is not the only issue and we cannot limit the talks only to this issue, Qureshi added. He said that they have to bridge the existing trust deficit and deadlock between both the countries

Foreign Ministers and Secretaries of both the countries have been entrusted with a job of narrowing down the existing trust deficit, Foreign Minister Qureshi said.

He said that the whole region was becoming a water stressed region and during the SAARC Summit the leadership of the member countries have decided to take certain steps for the water management because water usage was not optimal in the region.

He said that SAARC University would become functional in August 2010 while it has been suggested during the Summit that university would have campuses in the member countries.

Qureshi further said that two agreements have been inked between the countries in SAARC Summit including on trade. He stated that the energy crisis in the region was also discussed in the meeting while they also held debate to find out its solution.

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