February 2005 News

Progress On Kashmir, Says Straw

14 February 2005
The Guardian

Islamabad: Pakistan and India are making 'continued progress' over the disputed Kashmir region, the foreign secretary, Jack Straw, said after meeting Pakistani leaders yesterday. 'I see a very good future from this composite dialogue,' he said, citing progress such as cross- border cricket matches, bus services and a potential oil pipeline deal. But there were also 'a lot of difficulties', he said. Mr Straw met the president, Pervez Musharraf, the prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, and the foreign minister, Khursheed Kasuri. The talks centred on relations with India, UN reforms, nuclear non-proliferation, Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr Straw said he did not raise the issue of the nuclear scientist, AQ Khan. 'We have great confidence in the Pakistani government,' said Mr Straw.


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