UNITED NATIONS - Welcoming the move for summit-level meeting between Pakistan and India, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that he had, in fact, recommended such a dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.
“I strongly welcome it”, he said of the meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh which is set to take place in New York on Sept 29.
Replying to a question at his press conference, the secretary-general said during his recent visit to Pakistan, he had strongly recommended that the two leaders should take advantage of the Assembly session and meet each other. He said he would continue to support such high-level contacts between the two importance South Asian countries.
Asked about the unrest in Indian-controlled Kashmir, he said the two prime ministers should discuss this matter.
He expressed his concern over the recent exchange of firing between Pakistan and Indian troops across the Line of Control in the disputed region.
On Friday, Pakistan’s National Security Advisor Sartaj Aziz and Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid met in Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit where the decision to hold the top-level meeting was announced.