BEIJING (Agencies) - India and Pakistan should learn to live with each others positions and talk so that issues between the two countries do not pass on to the next generation, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said.
Khar, who was on a two-day official visit to China that concluded on Wednesday, said Pakistan accords priority to improve ties with neighbours specially India and Afghanistan.
Difficulties in the relationship between Pakistan and India should not simply pass on to the next generation, Khar, who was elevated as Pakistans foreign minister last month, told state-run China Daily during an exclusive interview.
Besides unresolved core issues, mutual trust must be built by looking at other issues, she said.
Islamabad and New Delhi have to learn to live with each others positions and talk to each other.
If we cant learn to trust each other, the issues will be passed on to the next generation, she told Global Times.
On Afghanistan, she said that any action in the war ravaged country should be based on realities on the ground and not on any artificial or preset deadlines.
Pakistan will support the Afghans decisions built on political reconciliation and the strategic agreement reached with countries in the region, she said.
She pointed out that China and Pakistan will seek more robust ties on counterterrorism through existing cooperation and mechanisms.
Both countries, Khar said, share common interests in building a better relationship to combat terrorism.
Terrorism is against the national interests of the two countries and also against the common goals of economic development and integration, she remarked.
Khar said when a new challenge emerges, it only bring China and Pakistan more closer.
We have a natural convergence of interests, which could be reflected not only in a bilateral relationship but also in other multilateral forums, she said.
Upon her arrival in Beijing on Tuesday, Khar said China and Pakistan enjoy a unique relationship.
Khar said China is one of the countries that Pakistan has signed a free trade agreement with.
Further economic cooperation also could be achieved through regional economic integration, she said.
With President Asif Ali Zardari scheduled to visit northeastern Chinas Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region at the end of this month, the 34-year-old foreign minister sees huge potential in Pakistan forming closer ties with the region, which will bring the people of the two countries closer, achieve economic integration and enhance the living standards of both countries.
This will be very robust.
Economic activities will be greatly enhanced between the two regions, she said, noting that efforts are being made to create a common economic zone.
Khar said there are pros and cons to being the youngest foreign minister in Pakistans history, but she said her seven years of experience in the federal government dealing with economic cooperation make her prepared for the job.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 26-Aug-2011 here.