Diplomatic (Chairman Senate meets Prime Minister of India)

General Islamabad

Islamabad: Chairman Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari Friday called on Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh and discussed matters of mutual interest.

Chairman Senate conveyed the greetings of the Pakistani leadership and people to the Prime Minister, said a statement received here from New Delhi.

He said that the democratic government in Pakistan attached high priority to creating a stable and prosperous neighbourhood and a national consensus existed on improving relations with India.

The Chairman Senate said that the destinies of the two countries were entwined and the two countries have to work together for mutual progress, prosperity and peace as well as of the entire region.

He said that being the representative of the people, the parliaments of the two countries had the responsibility to work towards the improvement of bilateral relations.

Welcoming the Chairman Senate and his delegation, Prime Minister stated that closer relation between the parliaments was necessary for strengthening bilateral relations and this visit would make a significant contribution in this regard.

He said that India and Pakistan were neighbours with shared civilization, history and culture. Welcoming the resumption of dialogue process, Prime Minister said that India would like to see a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan and was happy to see democracy flourish over there.

Chairman Senate is on a visit to India on the joint invitation of Chairman Rajya Sabha Mr. Mohammad Hamid Ansari and Speaker Lok Sabha Ms. Meira Kumar.