(No. 217 - July 27, 2011) John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, today issued the following statement welcoming the dialogue between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan that took place in New Delhi on July 27, 2011:
“Canada welcomes the expanded engagement between India and Pakistan. We regard as a positive step the decisions to increase trade and the movement of people across the Line of Control in Kashmir, and to develop new confidence-building measures aimed at reducing tensions in the region.
“Canada is also encouraged by the agreement to pursue dialogue at the ministerial level in 2012 in Islamabad.”
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