Pakistan Ready To Talk To New Indian Government: Qureshi

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Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that Islamabad is ready to hold talks with the new Indian government, the media reported on Sunday.

Addressing the participants of an iftar dinner here on Saturday, Qureshi stressed that both the countries would have to have a dialogue to maintain peace in the region and resolve all issues, reports the Nation daily.

He said that maintaining peace in the region was a priority for Pakistan. On Afghanistan, the Minister said: “We want peace in Afghanistan so that way is paved for sustainable regional peace.”

He said Pakistan would continue playing its role as a facilitator in Afghanistan. In first back-to-back majority in the general elections for a single party in over three decades, the Modi-led BJP won 303 out of 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls, handing out a crushing defeat to the Congress and many other political opponents.

Narendra Modi was Saturday appointed prime minister by President Ram Nath Kovind after he was unanimously elected NDA parliamentary party leader at a meeting in which he asked coalition members to work without discrimination, stressing on the need to win the trust of minorities.