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Latest update : 2011-03-30

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for "permanent reconciliation" with Pakistan on Wednesday after meeting his counterpart at the nations' cricket World Cup semi-final, which the Indian side won by 29 runs.

AFP - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday that "permanent reconciliation" was required with Pakistan, after he met his counterpart at the nations' cricket World Cup semi-final.

Singh and Yousaf Raza Gilani held brief talks during the match, which India won, as the two leaders used the fixture to promote better ties between their rival countries.

India and Pakistan "should be working together to find cooperative solutions and need permanent reconciliation to live together in dignity and honour," Singh said in a speech during the talks.

"We should put our ancient animosities behind us to attend to the problems of our nations," he said.

India's foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said that the match had "provided impetus" to efforts to rebuild cross-border relations.

India broke off official contacts with Islamabad in 2008 after the Mumbai attacks, which India blamed on Pakistani militants who wrought carnage in the city over three days, killing 166 people.

The two nuclear-armed nations have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947.

"The meeting reaffirmed the intention that both countries want to take the process of dialogue ahead," Rao said, adding that "both sides have the same goal of normalisation of the relationship."
 

Date created : 2011-03-30

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