MPs playing due role in improving bilateral ties: Lok Sabha speaker


Parliamentarians from Pakistan and India agree to enhance bilateral relations and to resolve all the disputes through negotiations and dialogue, the Lok Sabha speaker and head of Indian parliamentary delegation, Meira Kumar said on Thursday.
Addressing a dinner reception hosted by Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal here, she said, “We want to resolve all disputes through negotiations and dialogue.”
Meira is leading a parliamentary delegation to Pakistan on the invitation of National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza.
She said parliamentarians from both countries were playing a vital role in promoting bilateral relations and enhancing people-to-people contacts. She said the dialogue process resumed between Pakistan and India had been making progress and expressed hope that it would be useful for further strengthening the ties between the two countries. She said she had brought a message of good wishes for the people of Pakistan from the people and parliament of India, adding that people of India wanted a strong friendship with the people of Pakistan.
The Lok Sabha speaker said the parliamentary groups of the two countries should meet frequently so that parliamentarians could learn from each other, share ideas and exchange experiences.
Meira said the new visa regime currently being examined by the interior ministries of the two countries would also be helpful in promoting people-to-people relations as it would ease restrictions for travelers between the two countries. Referring to her visit to historical places in Taxila, she said it showed that the two countries had very close and strong bonds of cultural heritage.
She emphasised the need to promote interaction at all levels between the two countries, adding that India wanted that its progress could be helpful to its neighbours.