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President Musharraf: Flexibility Is Essential to Improving Ties with India - 2004-11-20


Pakistan's president says peace with India will require flexibility on the part of both nations.

Speaking to journalists in Lahore today (Saturday), President Pervez Musharraf said his government would like to meet India half way in improving relations. At the same time, President Musharraf said skepticism displayed by the Indian side is not very encouraging.

Pakistan and India have a long-standing dispute over which nation controls the Himalayan region of Kashmir. Recently the two governments initiated peace initiatives aimed at easing their strained relations.

India withdrew about 3,000 troops from the troubled region today (Saturday) as part of that effort.

Pakistan's Prime Minister will travel to New Delhi next week to meet with his Indian counterpart. Their meeting is expected to include talks regarding the Kashmir conflict.

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