Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has reiterated his commitment to
work closely with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh for "friendly and
cooperative relations" and to settle all issues through dialogue.
Ashraf made the remarks in a message sent to Singh to greet him on the occasion
of India's Republic Day.
"The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to working with (Singh) closely
for developing friendly and cooperative relations and resolving all issues
through dialogue," said a statement issued by Ashraf's office.
Ashraf wished the people of India peace, progress and prosperity in his message.
He also conveyed his "heartiest felicitations on behalf of the government and
people of Pakistan on the Republic Day of India".
Relations between India and Pakistan were hit by tensions earlier this month
following a string of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control in Jammu
Two Indian soldiers and three Pakistani soldiers were killed in clashes before
the Directors General of Military Operations of the two sides agreed to put in
place measures to de-escalate the situation.
The two countries have held several rounds of talks since they revived their
peace process in early 2011 after a gap of over two years in the wake of the
They have taken several steps to normalise trade relations, release prisoners
and ease travel restrictions.
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