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India favours step-by-step approach to resolve dispute with Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Aug 5, IRNA -- Emphasizing that cross-border hostilities will have to cease, India Thursday said that it favours a gradual and step-by-step approach to resolve differences with Pakistan.

India’s External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna, replying to questions in Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) over his recent visit to Pakistan, said: "We want a step-by-step approach for resolving differences with Pakistan. Therefore we are willing to discuss everything with them."

Asking Pakistan to understand India’s broad gestures for developing friendly relations, Krishna called for credible and firm action against terrorists groups and their leaders, like the Jamaat-ud-Daawa and Hafiz Saeed, who continue to incite violence against India, he said in a statement faxed to IRNA.

He mentioned that any further terrorist attack on India emanating from Pakistani soil would cause immense harm to the normalization process.

Krishna said "If India and Pakistan were to live like good neighbours, then these activities need to cease."

At the same time, India would like to carry on with the dialogue with Pakistan, he said, noting that he had invited Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to India.

The Pakistani foreign minister accepted the invitation to visit Delhi at a suitable date to be decided through diplomatic channels.

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