November 2004 News

I Will Discuss Kashmir With India: Aziz

14 November 2004
The Times of India

Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Sunday that, he will discuss all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, with his Indian counterpart during a visit to New Delhi next week. Aziz is to leave for India on Nov. 23 as chairman of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, or SAARC. He also is to visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives to discuss regional and international issues. 'I am anxiously waiting to travel to India and other SAARC countries. I will discuss Kashmir and other issues with the Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh,' Aziz told reporters. Aziz's visit to New Delhi comes at a time when officials from the two countries are preparing for peace talks next month. Aziz said that Pakistan and India 'are seriously engaged in the process of confidence-building measures to resolve all disputes and to find a durable solution' to the Kashmir issue, according to the state-run news agency, the Associated Press of Pakistan. It quoted Aziz as saying that Pakistan believes the issue 'should be resolved through peaceful means according to the aspirations of Kashmiris.'


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