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Zardari, Nawaz agree to resolve issues jointly

President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif held a meeting at the Presidency on Wednesday. During the meeting, both the leaders are said to have discussed the overall domestic situation. According to the sources, President Asif Ali Zardari also invited the presumptive Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, for a meeting with the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang before the award investiture ceremony.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the meeting took place after the luncheon banquet hosted for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Presidency. The President congratulated Nawaz Sharif on his party's victory in the elections and said that he would welcome the new government. He also wished good luck to the new government. The President said that the nation, all political parties and democratic forces as well as the civil society deserved to be complimented for the peaceful democratic transition which was taking place for the first time in the country's history.

The President thanked Nawaz Sharif for accepting the luncheon invitation hosted in honour of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Presidency. The President expressed the confidence that after political transition, the new government would successfully address problems and issues facing the country. The spokesperson said that overall situation in the country and issues relating to the run-up to transition also came under discussion.

Later, Senator Ishaq Dar and Senator Pervaiz Rasheed also joined the meeting. After the meeting, President Asif Ali Zardari came to see off Nawaz Sharif at the outer door of the Presidency. On this occasion, both leaders also talked with a group of senior journalists. Nawaz Sharif said that meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, adding that Asif Ali Zardari was an elected President and he held no personal grudge against him.

"The meeting was purely in the interest of, Pakistan is facing complicated issues and all political parties should join hands to resolve them," he said. Nawaz Sharif said that the Charter of Democracy (CoD) was an important document which he had signed with late Benazir Bhutto and "we would follow it in future".

He also said that the entire nation had to come on one page to pull the country out of prevailing crisis. President Asif Ali Zardari endorsed Nawaz Sharif's views and said that no one could resolve the problems faced by the country single handedly. "We should jointly struggle together to resolve the problems faced by the country [and] adopt the policy of reconciliation, if we fail to do so, the difficulties will increase," he said.

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