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Pakistan hopes to re-engage with India post elections: Mahmood

Pakistan hopes for "re-engagement" with India after the country's general elections are over, and indicated that a structured dialogue process would enable the two countries to understand mutual concerns, resolve outstanding disputes and "build the edifice of durable peace and security in the region," outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood said.
Apr 15, 2019
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NEW DELHI: Pakistan hopes for "re-engagement" with India after the country's general elections are over, and indicated that a structured dialogue process would enable the two countries to understand mutual concerns, resolve outstanding disputes and "build the edifice of durable peace and security in the region," outgoing Pakistan High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood said.
 
The diplomat, who returned to Pakistan over the weekend to assume the office of Foreign Secretary, emphasised the importance of diplomacy and dialogue in improving relations between the two countries.
 
"We hope for re-engagement after the elections in India. Diplomacy and dialogue are indispensable," he said.
 
Mahmood, who came to India in 2017, had a largely difficult tenure as relations between India and Pakistan have been on a downhill trajectory since 2016, but reached near crisis point after a suicide bomber struck a paramilitary convoy in Pulwama, killing 40 Indian troops.

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