India committed to build mutually beneficial relationship with Pakistan: Krishna

Last Updated: Sun, Sep 09, 2012 14:50 hrs

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Sunday said that India is committed to build a relationship of trust and mutual benefit with Pakistan, and added that India wishes to have a "stable and prosperous" Pakistan as its neighbour.

Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of his visit to Minar-e-Pakistan here, Krishna said, "I am happy to be visiting Pakistan. I wish the people of Pakistan peace and progress. India would like to see a stable and prosperous Pakistan as its neighbour. Both the countries need to work closely together to ensure a brighter future of both the countries. India remains committed to build a relationship of trust and mutually beneficial all round cooperation with Pakistan."

The External Affairs Minister also visited Data Darbar and Ranjit Singh's Mausoleum here.

Earlier in the day, Krishna met Punjab Governor Sardar Muhammad Latif Khosa and

Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here.

Sharif described Krishna's visit to Pakistan as one of great pleasure, a visit that was constructive, and one that has achieved much along the right lines.

"It is really a great pleasure to welcome you to Pakistan, to Lahore. A lot has happened in very constructive terms, India, on the right lines. It is a very welcome visit, very productive, very useful, and we are very happy," said Sharif.

Krishna's visit to Lahore took place a day after he had concluded delegation-level talks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar in Islamabad.

During the three-day visit, India and Pakistan inked a new visa regime agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cultural ties.

The two sides also reviewed the progress of the resumed dialogue process, and discussed the entire gamut of bilateral issues, including Kashmir, terrorism, Siachen, Sir Creek/Wullar Barrage, conventional and nuclear confidence building measures, ways to promote trade and business ties, besides resumption of the joint commission.

The Indian External Affairs Minister also called on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf during visit to Islamabad, and exchanged pleasantries and views on bilateral matters of mutual interest to the two countries. By Smita Prakash (ANI)

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