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China welcomes Indo-Pak foreign secretary talks

June 24, 2011 - Beijing

China has welcomed the latest round of foreign secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on told a press conference here on Thursday that China supports India and Pakistan for solving their differences through 'dialogues and cooperation'.

The spokesman said that a good India and Pakistan relationship will not only serve the interest of South Asia, but also help to ensure peace, stability and development in whole of Asia.

The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan had their first day of talks on Thursday, during which they discussed ways to liberalise the bilateral visa regime, especially for the elderly, children, businessmen and journalists; the issue of terrorism, peace and security and also moves to seek closure of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack to India's satisfaction.

Thursday's dialogue in Islamabad was described as substantive and forward looking by the spokespersons of the two sides.

The second day of talks on Friday is likely to focus on the Kashmir issue and ways to promote friendly ties.

The two foreign secretaries are expected to address a joint press conference after the talks conclude today.


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