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Pakistan will change bilateral narrative with India: Abdul Basit

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Pakistan has resolved to change the bilateral narrative of conflict with India into a relationship underpinned by cooperation, mutual interest and mutual trust, the country's high commissioner here Abdul Basit said Wednesday.

"Pakistan hopes the next government would move quickly and resolutely to engage fruitfully with Pakistan as desired by the people on both sides of the border and the Line of Control," said Basit, the new high commissioner of Pakistan to India, after presenting his credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The credentials presentation ceremony was attended by officers of the external affairs ministry and the Pakistan high commission, among others, an official release said.

In an audience with Mukherjee after the formal ceremony, Basit said: "Pakistan prime minister is resolved to change the bilateral narrative of conflict (with India) into one underpinned by cooperation, mutual interest and mutual trust."

Basit, a career diplomat, has earlier served at the Pakistani missions in Moscow, New York, Geneva and London.

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