India, Pak talks ‘very positive’: Ban

Terming as “very positive” and “encouraging” recent efforts by India and Pakistan to normalise their relations, UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday hoped the two neighbours will continue the dialogue process and play a greater role for peace, security and harmony in the region.

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Published: Tue 24 Apr 2012, 7:49 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 9:42 AM

“India and Pakistan are very important countries not only in the region but in world politics. They both have a great role to play for peace, security and harmony in the region,” Ban told PTI here in an interview.

The UN chief, who will leave for a three-day visit to India on Wednesday, welcomed the “very positive movement” between the two countries to improve trade ties.

Ban was also appreciative of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari’s private visit to India earlier this month and his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“I welcome the recent movement, very positive movement between the two countries, the exchange (between) the leadership and engaging in addressing all pending issues through dialogue at the highest level. This is quite encouraging,” Ban said.

“I hope such dialogue will continue to first of all improve the bilateral relations and contribute further to regional and international peace and security,” he added.

The peace process between India and Pakistan was resumed last year after a gap of two years in the aftermath of the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008.

Addressing the issue of terrorism, Ban said the whole world has been struggling to fight against international terrorism.

India is “no exception” since the country has been targetted by terrorists, he added.

Ban, however, welcomed the “very strong commitment” and “determined will” shown by the Indian government to fight terrorism and also support the United Nations’ global strategy against terrorism.



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