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Musharraf's resignation Pakistan's internal matter: India

August 18, 2008 17:18 IST
Last Updated: August 18, 2008 17:22 IST

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External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday described the resignation of the Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [Images] as an "internal matter" of that country.

"It is an internal matter of Pakistan," Mukherjee said when reporters sought his reaction on the resignation of President Musharraf.

Recalling his recent visit to Pakistan, Mukherjee said a process has been initiated to improve bilateral ties between the two countries and foreign secretary-level talks would be held shortly.

"During my visit to Pakistan, I had, in fact, developed a personal relationship with the leaders of that country. From Nawaz Sharif to Asif Ali Zardari and Yusuf Gilani, I have cordial discussions with all of them and it seems to me that a positive approach could be made in improving our relations," Mukherjee said on the sidelines of a seminar on the nuclear deal in Berhampore (WB).

The external affairs minister said apart from bilateral issues, international issues too figured in the "talks".

"When I had met with a car accident in Murshidabad district last year, Nawaz Sharif personally telephoned me from London [Images] to enquire about my health," he said.

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