Pakistan desires dialogue, better ties with India: Asad Majeed

09:24 AM | 5 Mar, 2019
Pakistan desires dialogue, better ties with India: Asad Majeed
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WASHINGTON - Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Dr Asad Majeed Khan on Monday night said that Islamabad desires dialogue to resolve the problems and does not want to further escalate the tensions with New Delhi.

Speaking at the US Institute of Peace, he said that rising tensions between Pakistan and India are not in the region’s interest.

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The ambassador said that India, too, should now act conscientiously and sensibly, the diplomat underscored, adding that he hoped that despite its internal issues, the country would take steps to de-escalate.

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Asad Majeed said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has been advocating peace through dialogue in Afghanistan long before it became fashionable. Pakistan, therefore, supports President Trump's bold vision for peace in Afghanistan.

He said that the global fraternity has to understand that instability in the South Asian region is due to a failure to resolve the Kashmir issue.

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The envoy said the US had been playing its role to reduce tensions between the two nuclear powers.

Highlighting the significance of ties between Islamabad and Washington, he said the relations between the two countries were of immense importance and should not be viewed from Afghanistan’s perspective.