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US ready to work with Manmohan

By T V Parasuram in Washington
May 20, 2004 14:13 IST
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The US has said it looks forward to working with the Manmohan Singh government on all aspects of  Indo-American relationship, and hoped that there would continuity in the peace process between India and Pakistan.

"We are looking forward to working with them. We have a solid agenda with the Indian people covering all aspects of
our relationship. We see no reason why they should not  continue to be pursued with the new government," US Secretary  of State Colin Powell said.

He was addressing a joint press conference with his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri after their
talks here yesterday. Both Powell and Kasuri hoped the "road map" of peace  between India and Pakistan would remain on track despite the  change of government in India. 

 "A road map has been worked out between India and Pakistan on their relationship which they have followed and
which seems to be still very much active and we expect both sides will continue to walk down that path," Powell said.

Pakistan was committed to the peace process with India, said Kasuri. "We discussed the situation emerging out
of the new elections in India and the Secretary felt -- and I  ageed with him -- that in view of the work that has already
been done and the good vibes that are coming from the leaders  of the would be government, we both agree these are positive  signals and we need to continue with that", he said. 


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