Pakistan-India ties have improved: Outgoing Indian envoy

Islamabad, June 27 (IANS) Outgoing Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal Thursday said relations between India and Pakistan had improved during the last two years and it was important to maintain the momentum.

Sabharwal was speaking at a farewell call on Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs and a former foreign minister.

"Recalling his four-year tenure in Islamabad, the Indian High Commissioner felt that relations between the two countries had improved during the last two years and it was important to keep the momentum," said a statement from the Pakistan Foreign Office.

"The adviser informed the High Commissioner that forging close ties with India was an important mandate of the government and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was very keen on improving relations by picking up the threads from the Lahore process of 1999. He appreciated the efforts of the High Commissioner during his term in Islamabad in working towards building better relations."

"The Adviser wished the High Commissioner well in his future endeavours and stated that he looked forward to working with his successor T.C.A Raghavan in improving relations between the two countries," the statement said.