India ready to hold dialogue with Pakistan if atmosphere improved

ISLAMABAD: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bambawale on Thursday said India is ready to restore dialogue process with Pakistan on all the issues if environment for talks is pleasant.

Talking to newsmen here at a local hotel at an Iftar Dinner, he said, atmosphere for resumption of talks between Pakistan and India should be improved.

He said that better atmosphere was a must for the resumption of talks between Pakistan and India so that these talks should be comprehensive and durable.

He said after the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi to Lahore on December 25 last year improved the atmosphere for talks between two countries but the incident of Pathankot changed the situation.

Replying to a question, he fully endorsed that there should be competition between the two countries not only in cricket but hockey too as both the countries have great achievements in these two games at world level. He added that such activities will bring the people of India and Pakistan more closer to each other.