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After meeting separatists, Aziz now wants dialogue on Kashmir

After the meet, an optimistic Pakistan on Wednesday said it wants the resumption of the dialogue process with India for resolving all outstanding issues, including the ‘core issue’ of Kashmir. The meeting was held at the PM’s residence in New Delhi.

Pakistan foreign office spokesman Aziz Chaudhry said in Islamabad that Kashmir is the core issue between the two countries and its solution lies in the dialogue process, which should include the Kashmiri leadership. Chaudhry said the delegation further conveyed to Singh the greetings of Nawaz Sharif and ‘reaffirmed the desire of Pakistan to have good neighbourly relations with India’. Aziz, who is in India to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) had already met external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday.  Situation had soured after Aziz held talks with Kashmiri separatist leaders prior to his interactions with the Indian leadership. Minutes before Khurshid’s bilateral meeting with Aziz on Tuesday, the former had said ‘if Pakistan wanted meaningful dialogue it had to create conducive circumstances’.
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