Pakistan's new foreign minister seeks 'uninterrupted' dialogue with India


ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan wants an "uninterrupted, continued dialogue" with India, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Monday (August 20), stressing the importance of talks between the nuclear-armed countries who have fought three wars.

"We are not only two neighbours, but we are two atomic powers," Qureshi said during his first news conference.

Pakistan's new prime minister, Imran Khan, also called for a better relationship with India in his first televised address Sunday (August 19), as did the previous government of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

"We have long-lasting problems ... we don't have, in my opinion, any solution other than talks," Qureshi said of the relationship with India, especially in a situation "where reaction time is very limited".

"We need an uninterrupted, continued dialogue," he said, referencing Kashmir in particular.

Relations between India and Pakistan have been tense ever since independence from Britain in 1947 -- particularly over disputed Kashmir, over which they have fought two of their three wars.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had sent a letter congratulating Khan and "sent a message to start talks", said Qureshi.

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