ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reiterated his government’s stance that Pakistan wants cordial relations based on equality and mutual respect with all the neighbouring countries of the region, including India.

The prime minister said at a meeting with Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit who called on him at the PM’s House on Wednesday. Basit briefed the PM on the status of Pakistan-India relations.

The prime minister asserted Pakistan wanted good relations with all the countries of the region. He said, “India is our important neighbour and we would like to have normal relations with that country on the basis of mutual respect and sovereign equality.”

The prime minister said it was important that both the countries should resolve all their outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, in the interest of viable peace in the region.

The Pakistan high commissioner also briefed the prime minister on the recent US president’s visit to India and its expected fallouts on the relations between the two nuclear neighbours.

On Tuesday last Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, commenting on the US president’s New Delhi visit and the civil nuclear agreement between India and the United States, said it would disturb the nuclear deterrence equilibrium in the region. He further said Pakistan reserved the right to safeguard its national security interests.