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Beijing: Pakistan is ready to forge cooperative relations with India provided New Delhi gives the slightest hint it is willing to do so, a top Pakistani official has said in Beijing.
India and Pakistan cannot afford to have a tense and hostile relation, Tariq Fatemi, special assistant to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs, told Chinese state media during his recent visit.
Fatemi, who was in Beijing earlier this month for a three-day visit, indicated a planned meeting of the foreign secretaries of the two sides will take place soon.
China and Pakistan are “all weather partners” that are set to celebrate the 65th anniversary of establishing bilateral diplomatic ties. In an interview published in state-run Global Times on Tuesday, Fatmei said Sharif has always been eager to begin dialogue with India.
“The PM’s policies regarding India are very well known. There is nothing hidden about it. He publicly says he wants good relations with India and this has been his belief for many years,” Fatemi said.
“Every time he has come to power, he reaches out to the Indian leadership. He tries to initiate a dialogue process with India.”
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Good relations, Fatemi said, are important for both countries. “Relations between Pakistan and India are essential, not for one but for both countries.”
He added: “The important thing is that if there is even the slightest hint of an interest in cooperative relations coming out of India, we are ready to respond.
“We are also hoping that very soon the meeting at the level of the foreign sectaries will also take place (and) that will mean the beginning of formal dialogue.