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October 30, 2012

New Indian FM vows to improve ties with Pakistan

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October 30, 2012

Salman Khurshid replaces SM Krishna as Indian FM; Manmohan overhauls cabinet ahead of 2014 polls
NEW DELHI: India’s new External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Sunday that it would be his endeavour to reinforce the country’s ties to Pakistan.
Interacting with media after his appointment as foreign minister, Khurshid said: “There are completely different perspectives on Pakistan and China. China is in that sense ... we are clearer about where we stand with China. We have had differences historically. I believe that with the passage of time and the emergence of a new economic order in the world has brought China and India far closer together, working together but the potential of growth between China and India, I think is enormous.”
Earlier on Saturday, Khurshid’s predecessor SM Krishna had observed that over the years he had seen a positive shift in the relationship of Pakistan and China with India.
Khurshid also raised concerns over the political scenario in Pakistan. “As far as Pakistan is concerned, Pakistan has been an extremely troubled situation in a very troubled part of the world and it is a neighbour and that is a concern for us as well. I think the convergence between India and Pakistan today is on issues that for long we insisted, those issues which were a major concern to India both in terms of our security and our dignity. Many of those issues have now emerged in Pakistan itself and have become a concern for the Pakistani establishment. So if there was ever, ever a convergent point on tackling these issues between India and Pakistan, it is there today,” he said.
Khurshid said: “We want to be able to look at possible roots towards being able to work more closely together, be able to understand each other’s problems and to the extent that we can solve each other’s problems mutually and by convergence of opinion on both our countries. I think it is something that we should work towards.”
The government

announced a major cabinet reshuffle on Sunday, where 22 federal ministers, including junior ministers, were sworn in. — INPAFP adds: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh named Salman Khurshid, 59, as a replacement for the 80-year-old foreign minister SM Krishna as he attempted to dispel the image of a struggling government, which recently lost its majority.
Indian Premier Manmohan Singh brought seven new faces into his cabinet on Sunday in the biggest reshuffle since his re-election as he tried to revive hisparty’s flagging fortunes before polls due in 2014.
However there was no place at the cabinet table for Rahul Gandhi, the 42-year-old scion of the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty, who once again turned down an offer to enter government.
Speaking to reporters after a swearing-in ceremony for the new ministers, Singh said he expected his new team to remain in office until the next elections. “Probably this is the last reshuffle,” the prime minister said at the presidential palace in New Delhi. “I don’t see early elections. Elections will be held in due course.”
The law ministry went to Ashwani Kumar, a ruling Congress party loyalist.The other newcomers include Rahman Khan who was named as Minority Affairs Minister, Ajay Maken who becomes Housing Minister and Dinsha Patel who is now Mines Minister.
They will be joined by Pallam Raju, who was promoted to Human Resources Development Minister. Harish Rawat was placed in charge of water resources and Chandresh Kumari was appointed Culture Minister.
Singh named parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal as new Railways Minister, a post which became vacant following the pullout of a regional ally, Trinamool, from the ruling coalition in September.