Zardari, Ashraf send Pranab, PM R-day greetings

Notwithstanding the chill in bilateral ties, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday extended Republic Day greetings to their Indian counterparts, saying they looked forward to developing friendly and cooperative relations.

Zardari, in his message to President Pranab Mukherjee said, "On the occasion of the Republic Day of India, it gives me immense pleasure to convey to Your Excellency warm greetings and good wishes of the people of Pakistan. We wish the people of India continued progress and prosperity and look forward to developing friendly, cooperative and mutually beneficial relations between our two countries."

Ashraf, in his letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, wrote, "On behalf of the government and people of Pakistan, it gives me great pleasure to convey our heartiest felicitations on the occasion of the Republic Day of India. I wish to reiterate our commitment to working with you closely for developing friendly and cooperative relations and resolving all issues through dialogue. We wish the people of India, progress and prosperity."

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