Srinagar: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India has said that the country wants ‘normal neighbourly relations’ with Pakistan and that all issues can be bilaterally resolved.

“India desires normal neighbourly ties with Pakistan. We’re committed to resolve all issues bilaterally in a peaceful manner,” the MEA said.

The statement comes, hours after the two countries decided to ‘strictly observe’ the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir.

The Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of India and Pakistan recently held discussions and reviewed the situation along the Line of Control (LoC), agreeing for the “strict observance of all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the LoC and all other sectors with effect from midnight 24/25 Feb 2021”, a joint statement posted by the Government of India said on Thursday, 25 February.

The two sides, the statement said, also emphasised on the usage of the existing mechanisms of hotline contact and border flag meetings “to resolve any unforeseen situation or misunderstanding”.

Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh had informed the Rajya Sabha, on 8 February, that Pakistan had resorted to 5,133 incidents of ceasefire violations in 2020, in which 46 security personnel had been killed.

According to PTI, Singh had also said “appropriate retaliation” to the ceasefire violations, as required, has been carried out by the security forces.

 

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