Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday termed his talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh as “positive” and said they discussed all the core issues between the two countries. “Talks were positive. We discussed all the core issues between the two countries,” Gilani told the Pakistan media in a brief chat after his dinner meeting with Singh in the midst of the World Cup cricket semifinal with India in Mohali, adding, “Today’s match brought the peoples and leadership of the two countries together. This, I believe, is the positive outcome of today’s semifinal.”
Gilani said “winning or losing a game does not matter more than its quality and the team spirit” and congratulated both the teams “for demonstrating sportsmanship and quality game.” The Pakistan Prime Minister felicitated the Indian team for showing better performance and determination and said the Pakistan team also did put up resistance but it was not their day. He hoped there would be other occasions when both teams would play with each other both in India and Pakistan. Gilani conveyed to the people of India that Pakistan wanted good neighbourly relations and “the resolution of all issues through dialogue will bring peace and prosperity to our people.” Gilani said he invited the Indian Prime Minister and Congress President Sonia Gandhi to visit Pakistan.