India and Pakistan on Wednesday decided to continue their constructive cooperation on additional confidence building measure in order to take the peace process ahead.
Indian foreign minister SM Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar made positive statements maintaining that they were looking towards a cooperative relationship. They agreed to continue the dialogue process though differences on core issues such as Jammu and Kashmir and terrorism remained.
“I must say that I am satisfied at the progress achieved in this round of the resumed dialogue. The outcomes have been as per our expectations,” Krishna said
Both leaders noted that the challenges and aspirations for the people of India and Pakistan and that of South Asia were similar.
The restricted talks lasted for over half-an-hour followed by delegation-level parleys.
“The dialogue process should be uninterrupted and uninterruptible, help in building trust and be result-oriented,” said Khar, 34 year old first woman Pakistani foreign minister who is also being praised for her sense of fashion and have won instant fans in India. She added, “We feel that the relationship between the two countries should not be held hostage by the past that the two countries have faced. We look forward to a genuine interaction with India in a setting which is respectful of reality of the two countries.”