| GEO Pakistan|
| PM Gilani apprises cabinet of meeting with Manmohan|
| Updated at: 0247 PST, Tuesday, July 28, 2009|
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Monday said Pakistan was ready to work with India with commitment and sincerity and desires to open a new chapter in its ties.
Chairing the cabinet meeting the Prime Minister termed his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the NAM summit at Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt as a “major breakthrough.” said Foreign Office spokesman.
“I underlined the importance of early resumption of composite dialogue process,” Gilani said and pointed that Pakistan believed that confidence building was the pre-requisite for resolution of all outstanding issues.
The Prime minister said he had “a detailed discussion” on the issue of terrorism and apprised his counterpart of the progress made by Pakistan in its investigation on the Mumbai attacks.
Gilani said he stressed the importance that Pakistan attaches towards friendly and cordial relations with India.
The Cabinet lauded the efforts of Prime Minister and the Foreign Ministry to promote good neighbourly relations with India on the basis of equality, mutual respect and for resolving all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Cabinet appreciated the wisdom and statesmanship demonstrated by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to chart the way forward through dialogue,” a statement said.
He said his extensive consultations with political leadership prior to his visit helped him in making productive and substantive talks with the Indian prime minister.
Gilani said the Joint Statement issued after his “cordial and constructive” meeting with Manmohan Singh, underlines the shared commitment of both the countries to chart a way forward for Pakistan-India relations.
He said it also acknowledges that dialogue was the only way forward and terrorism was a threat to both the countries requiring that they should share real-time credible and actionable information to counter any possible future terrorism threats.
The prime minister said the statement also de-links terrorism from the Composite Dialogue process and emphasizes that these should not be bracketed, besides reiterating their resolve to discuss all outstanding issues.
Prime Minister Gilani said Pakistan conveyed its concerns over Indian interference in Balochistan and other areas of Pakistan.
He said both the sides stressed for creating an atmosphere of mutual trust and confidence while reaffirming their intention to promote regional cooperation.