Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah termed the signing of liberalised visa agreement between India and Pakistan as a “significant” step which will help in “regaining trust” and improving ties between the two countries.
“Omar Abdullah, while welcoming this step, said such steps will go a long way in regaining trust and give impetus to people to people contact,” a spokesman of ruling National Conference said. “This is a significant move. Such steps would facilitate and contribute positively in all measures aimed at bringing thaw in the ties between the two neighbours and resolving issues amicably and in peaceful atmosphere,” Omar was quoted as saying by the spokesman. He said the smooth relations between India and Pakistan have good effect “on our state and bad relations create an adverse result.
“Internal dialogue between the state and the Centre is also of significant importance and should be taken up on priority.”
The Chief Minister, who is working president of the National Conference, expressed hope that the two countries will devote attention to resolving minor issues like converting Cross LoC Trade into normal trade from the present barter status. “(Our) party and government will continue to play its role as a facilitator of dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad and the central government and the state,” he said. Omar also welcomed the release of all Indian fishermen saying that it’s a “great gesture”.
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