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Natwar back in India
Warns against rushing into peace process
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh today said both India and Pakistan wanted to take the peace process forward to resolve all outstanding bilateral issues but warned against rushing the process saying that it was “not a 100 metre race”.

Mr Natwar Singh told reporters at the airport here after his five-day visit to Pakistan for a SAARC Ministerial conference said the issues of Jammu and Kashmir as well as cross border terrorism came up for discussion during his bilateral meetings with the Pakistani leadership on the margins of the SAARC conference.

With reference to his 90-minute meeting Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, Mr Natwar Singh said: “No aspect of our relations, including Jammu and Kashmir, was left out. The discussions were warm, frank and realistic.”

The Minister, while talking about the peace process, said: “I said we also want to take the peace process further. This is not a 100 metre race and cannot be artificially rushed into. We are fully conscious of their concerns and they are fully conscious of our concerns, specially in Jammu and Kashmir.”

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