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February 7, 2014

India ready for talks with Pakistan on all issues: minister

Business

February 7, 2014

NEW DELHI: Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said on Thursday that India was ready to hold talks with Pakistan on all the outstanding issues and was committed to resolving all the problems through peaceful bilateral dialogue in an environment free from violence and terror.
She said in their recent meeting, the commerce ministers of the two countries had reaffirmed the commitment to expeditiously establish normal trading relations and in this context to provide Non-Discriminatory Market Access on a reciprocal basis.
They had decided to intensify and accelerate the process of trade normalisation, liberalisation and facilitation and to implement the agreed measures before the end of the current month.
Answering a question in the Lok Sabha, Kaur said that it had also been conveyed to Pakistan that an expeditious and successful conclusion of the investigation and trial relating to those involved in the Mumbai attacks would be a major confidence-building measure.
Meanwhile, the Indian Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters at a defence exhibition that ceasefire violations in Kashmir with Pakistan had come down over the past two to three months.