Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday reiterated in Washington that Islamabad wants peace with India and that it wants to take the peace process forward.
Foreign Minister Qureshi, speaking in Washington at a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said that Islamabad wants to take the peace process forward
"The meeting that I had with Mr. Krishna on the 27th of September in New York was, in my view, a positive meeting, a constructive meeting. And being a politician, I can read between the lines and I can tell you I got positive vibes, because my message was positive, my engagement was positive, my intentions are positive. And I've suggested a way forward, and I saw nothing in him where he could disagree with me. He was in total agreement with my message. And obviously, he's going to go back and consult with the leadership in Delhi and we'll take it from there. But I have suggested a way forward," Qureshi said.
Pak Foreign Minister Qureshi's visit to Washington comes as the Obama administration is reviewing its strategy for its war against the Taliban and the al-Qaida. The Obama administration is debating whether to send in more US troops or to scale back the mission. In Washington on Wednesday, Pakistan's foreign minister urged the United States to make a long-term commitment to his country, neighboring Afghanistan and the region. He also alluded to the US decision to effectively abandon Afghanistan after the 1989 withdrawal of Soviet forces and urged Washington to learn from its mistakes.
"What we are looking for is a long-term commitment from the United States, because the people of the region have to be reassured that the United States has a long-term vision, not just for Pakistan and Afghanistan, but the entire region. The inconsistency of the past has to be kept in mind," he said.