Islamabad: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday told his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani that both countries should adhere to the peace process and refrain from making “harsh statements.”

“At times harsh statements emanating from either side cast a shadow over the cordiality of relations between India and Pakistan but the regular contacts at the highest level would help to dispel the uncertainties created by them,” Dr. Singh said when Mr. Gilani called him up to congratulate him and the people of India on the 62nd Independence Day.

Mr. Gilani called up Dr. Singh after receiving a message of felicitation from him on Pakistan’s Independence Day on Thursday.

Adversaries

A statement from Mr. Gilani’s office quoted Dr. Singh as saying that “the greatest enemies of India and Pakistan are hunger, poverty, ignorance, disease and terrorism and both countries needed to work together to fight these adversaries.”

Dr. Singh asked Mr. Gilani whether he would visit New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting so that they could meet on the sidelines of the session. Mr. Gilani welcomed this proposition. — PTI