April 2005 News

India ready to discuss Kashmir with Musharraf

11 April 2005
The Daily Times

New Delhi: India has said it is fully prepared to discuss the Kashmir issue with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf when he arrives here on Saturday. India's National Security Adviser MK Narayanan told Star News on Sunday night that the Kashmir bus was only a beginning and India was looking for opportunities to increase people-to-people contact. Narayanan said the government was prepared to discuss Kashmir and 'the leaders will not be talking cricket only', adding that a number of subjects would be discussed. 'We are rolling out the red carpet for the Pakistani president and hope something good will come out. Our prime minister is very optimistic.' Borders were important and determined national sovereignty, said Narayanan, but they should not be used to impede people-to-people contact. Asked whether Musharraf's visit would lead to an agreement on any issue, Narayanan said, 'When two leaders of this stature meet, there will hopefully be some kind of a joint statement. However, I don't think there is much scope for an agreement because I don't think they will be discussing those kind of issues.'


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