Wen, Zardari discuss Indo-Pak ties, other key issues

Zardari, who is in China to take part in the opening ceremony of the Asian Games at the southern city of Guangzhou, had a "frank exchange of views" with Wen on the sidelines of the event.

"Pakistan is committed to the peace process with India and desires to have friendly and good relations with India. We sincerely wish to hold meaningful dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding issues including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir," Zardari told Wen.

The two leaders discussed "various issues of mutual interest, including bilateral relations, situation in the region and matters of international importance," Pakistan's state-run APP news agency reported.

The two, who had delegation-level talks followed by one-and-one meeting, vowed to "further strengthen the Sino-Pak deep-rooted multi-faceted ties and strategic relationship through increased cooperation in diverse fields," it said.

"There was unanimity of views on various issues of regional and international importance, with particular reference to peace and stability of region," the agency said.
This is the first high-level meeting between the leadership of the two countries after Obama's endorsement of India's candidature for a permanent UNSC seat during his maiden visit to New Delhi early this week.

While Pakistan raised strong objections and criticised the US move, China came out with a more guarded reaction stating that it was ready to hold talks with India and other countries on UNSC reforms.

Though there was no specific reference to the US move in the official reports about the Zardari-Wen meeting, analysts here said references to "situation in the region and matters of international importance" indicate that the issue may have been discussed considering the strategic implications for both the countries.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said in Islamabad yesterday that he had spoken to his Chinese counterpart about Pakistan's reservations on India's bid to gain permanent membership of UNSC and added that President Zardari was also expected to raise the issue during his visit to China.

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