India is prepared to “discuss all outstanding issues” with Pakistan, including the issue of occupied Kashmir, to ensure stability in the South Asian region, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said in Boston.
“The issue of Jammu & Kashmir comes up in our relationship with Pakistan and we’ve said very clearly, very confidently and very transparently that we are prepared to discuss all outstanding issues with Pakistan,” Rao said on Sunday.
“It is an internal affair because it (Kashmir) is an integral part of India.”
She said India is “determined to persevere in our dialogue with Pakistan to resolve outstanding issues so that our region will be stable and so that the rationale of economic development in an atmosphere of peace, for all of South Asia, remains our steadfast goal.”
She said Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik is in touch with the Indian Home Ministry about the 26/11 trial.