Good ties in our interest, Sharif tells India

Islamabad, Aug 15 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday greeted India on its 69th Independence Day and said “good neighbourly relations” will benefit both New Delhi and Islamabad.

“We in Pakistan sincerely hope to settle all our bilateral issues through a sustained and comprehensive dialogue and usher in a new era of mutual trust and cooperation,” he said in a message.

“I would like to reiterate that promoting friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations between our two countries is in our mutual interest,” he added.

President Mamnoon Hussain said: “Pakistan remains committed to promote friendly relations between the countries for peace and prosperity in the region.

“It is our belief that cooperative relations between India and Pakistan will immensely benefit our two peoples,” he added.

India celebrated its 69th Independence Day on Saturday. Pakistan did so a day earlier.

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people of Pakistan on its Independence Day.

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