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India, Pakistan pledge to resolve differences

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India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (3rd L), and Pakistan's Prime Minister, Yousaf Raza Gillani (2nd L), walk off the field after meeting the teams, before the start of the World Cup Semi-Final cricket match between India and Pakistan at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, in Mohali, India March 30, 2011. The prime ministers of nuclear-armed foes India and Pakistan stood side by side on Wednesday at a World Cup cricket match and clapped to each other's national anthems in a symbolic gesture aimed at rebuilding ties shattered by the 2008 Mumbai attacks.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

NEW DELHI, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Indian and Pakistani leaders Wednesday night held wide-ranging discussions and both pledged to resolve their differences.

The discussions between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani Premier Yousuf Raja Gilani was held in the northern Indian city of Mohali where they watched a cricket World Cup semi-final between the two arch-rivals.

"Whatever be the differences between our two countries we have to find pathways to resolve them and Gilani and I have had extensive discussion on all outstanding issues and we have reaffirmed our resolves that there're difficulties but we'll make very honest effort to overcome those difficulties," Singh told reporters after having dinner with Gilani post-match early Thursday morning.

"The two countries should be working together to find cooperative solutions and need permanent reconciliation to live together in dignity and honor. We should put our ancient animosities behind us to attend to the problems of our nations," he said.

"And the message from Mohali is that the people of India and Pakistan want to live in peace and amity and that the two PMs have committed their governments to work in that direction," he added.

Gilani said in response: "He (Singh) wants to work for peace and prosperity in the region. We are both committed to this and we want the environment to improve so that we can serve the people."

Editor: Xiong Tong

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