Hus visit, an important step forward: Pranab

New Delhi, Nov 28 | Updated: Nov 29 2006, 05:30am hrs
Calling the recent visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao as an important step forward in bilateral ties, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that continued engagement would speed up the process of resolution of outstanding differences.

The visit represented an important step forward in the process of developing a cooperative framework of engagement with China, notwithstanding outstanding issues. It highlighted the commitment of the two sides to add greater content to their strategic partnership and to develop an action-oriented template for the future development and diversification of India-China relations, Mukherjee said in a suo motu statement made in Lok Sabha on Hus visit.

He said the policy towards China is an important component of Indias foreign policy and has been characterised by continuity and consensus.

He pointed out that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Hu had noted that India-China relations had transcended their bilateral dimension and acquired a global and strategic significance. Both leaders agreed on the need for sustained efforts to exploit the full potential of strategic partnership and to resolve outstanding issues in a focussed, sincere and problem-solving manner, the minister added.