Islamabad, May 7 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday emphasised the need for resolving outstanding issues with India, saying that dialogue is indispensable for durable peace and stability in the region.
During their meeting on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in Thimphu, Bhutan, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ‘also agreed with our stance and expressed willingness to resolve all bilateral issues through talks’, Gilani said in his monthly radio address.
He also described the Thimpu meeting as ‘meaningful and useful’.
The prime minister expressed the hope that the talks between the two countries ‘will prove result oriented and pave the way for resolution of all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir’.
After the April 29 Thimphu meeting, India studiously avoided any mention of ‘composite dialogue’, saying both sides should move beyond nomenclature to introspect on the trust deficit entrenched in their relationship and chart the way forward.
The two leaders mandated their foreign ministers and foreign secretaries to work out the modalities of restoring mutual trust, paving the way for substantive dialogue covering all issues between them.
Pakistan has repeatedly been saying that the Thimphu meeting would lead to the revival of the composite dialogue.