Singh: India ready to talk with Pakistan on all issues   2010-02-27 21:33:51 FeedbackPrintRSS

NEW DELHI, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that India is ready to talk all issues with Pakistan, including Kashmir, in an atmosphere free from terror, reported the Press Trust of India.

This is his first comment on the Indo-Pakistan foreign secretary-level talks held earlier this week in New Delhi.

Before his departure for Saudi Arabia, Singh told a group of Saudi journalists that there was "no alternative" to dialogue to resolve issues which "divide us," said the report.

Singh said India seeks "peaceful and normal relations" with Pakistan and "in that quest we have consistently sought to engage those in Pakistan who are ready to work with us," according to the report.

The prime minister said it was in the common interest of India and Pakistan to cooperate in fighting the menace of terrorism which is a threat for both countries.

"There is no change in our position. ... We should be good neighbors. There is no alternative to dialogue to resolve the issues that divide us," he was quoted as saying.

Backgrounder: Relationship between India, Pakistan

Editor: Xiong Tong

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