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‘I bring a message of goodwill from India’, says Krishna on arrival in Islamabad

Islamabad, Sep 7 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Friday said that he had come to Pakistan with a message of goodwill from the government and people of India.

“I am very happy to visit Islamabad at the invitation of the Foreign Minister of Pakistan and my esteemed colleague Hina Rabbani Khar. I bring a message of goodwill from India for the people of Pakistan,” Krishna said soon after his arrival.

“I wish to reiterate the desire of India to see a stable and prosperous Pakistan living in peace with itself and the world. That would be in the best interest of everyone,” he added.

Asserting that the leadership of India and Pakistan have mandated building of trust and confidence between our two countries, Krishna said: “We are committed to finding solutions of all issues that have beset our relationship through peaceful bilateral dialogue, while we look to the future where our two countries are able to live together in an atmosphere of friendliness and all-round cooperation, free from terror and violence.”

“My endeavour during this visit will be to promote the objectives that I have just mentioned,” he added.

He was received at the Islamabad Airport by Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Salman Bashir and India’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal.

Krishna will call on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf later in the day.

He will also hold meetings with leaders of various Pakistan political parties.

Krishna had said on Thursday: “We don’t expect too much from my visit to Pakistan. It is only an intention of the Government of India and the people of India to have normal relations with our neighbour.”

This is Krishna’s second visit to Pakistan since 2010. By Smita Prakash (ANI)

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