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Schroeder favours resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue  

 

NEW DELHI Oct 29 (NNI): German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Monday favoured resumption of dialogue between India
and Pakistan on the basis of the Agra process and said all issues between the two countries should be resolved through bilateral negotiations.
"I have always been very much in favour that the process begun in Agra is resumed and it is continued in improving Indo-Pak relations", he told reporters after being accorded the ceremonial welcome on the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan by Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and his Cabinet colleagues, reports PTI.
Schroeder arrived here last evening on a three-day visit from Islamabad where he met Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf who later suggested resumption of Indo-Pak summit in New York on the format discussed at the Agra meeting between him and Vajpayee.
The German chancellor said he was hopeful that the process that began in Agra was resumed and continued to help in improving Indo-Pak relations.
On the ongoing war against terrorism, he said India's important role in the fight against the scourge has been recognised globally.
On Indo-German relations, he said though politically they were sound, there was a need to give a thrust to improve economic ties since the economy of both the countries was growing.
Schroeder said considering the large size of the Indian market and the industrial strength of Germany, there should be exchange of visits by the heads of government on an annual basis.
Home Minister L K Advani, Defence Minister George Fernandes, Minister of State for External Affairs Omar Abdullah and senior diplomats and officials were present at the welcome ceremony.
Schroeder is accompanied by his interior minister Otto Schily, economic minister Warner Muller and a large business delegation. India last time received a German Chancellor in 1993. -NNI

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