Krishna meets Zardari, discusses terror, and intelligence sharing

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Islamabad: External Affairs Minister, India S.M. Krishna on July 15 called on Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and discussed the issue of terrorism, with him stressing for timely intelligence sharing between the two countries to prevent acts of terror.

Krishna, who arrived here on July 14 on a three-day visit to hold parleys with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi, met Zardari and discussed issues of bilateral concern.

Zardari said that “destinies of the people of both Pakistan and India and development of the entire region lie in friendly, cooperative and good neighborly relations between the two countries.”

Krishna was accompanied by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and Indian High Com-missioner in Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal.

From the Pakistani side those who attended the meeting included Qureshi, Interior Minister Rahman Malik and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.

“The President said that the resumption of composite dialogue will help remove mistrust and restore confidence in relations between the two countries,” the statement said, adding, it would also help resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir, water, Sir Creek, Siachen, terrorism and other issues impeding mutual cooperation.

He said that the water issue was becoming serious as it  had adverse impacts on Pakistan’s agriculture and added that the Indus Water Treaty should be fully honored and implemented.

The President said that trade relations between the two countries would see a marked increase once the resumed dialogue process continues without any interruption.

The President, while referring to Pakistan’s fight against extremism, said that terrorism was a common enemy and Pakistan was against militancy and terrorism in any form and in any location and both the governments needed to work more closely for eliminating this menace.

Krishna also conveyed to the President greetings of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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