January 14, 2009 2:36:47 pm
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband to make the international community play a bigger role in easing tension between India and Pakistan.
Interacting with Miliband through teleconferencing,Omar discussed with the visiting British dignitary a host of issues related to the development of the state and the well-being of its people.
Emphasising that good Indo-Pak ties would have a great bearing on the people of the state,Abdullah asked Miliband to help improve relations between the two neighbours that nosedived following the Mumbai terror attacks.
Noting that confidence building measures including cross-LoC trade and people-to-people contact between the two countries have generated goodwill,he said such measures should be carried forward in the interest of India and Pakistan.
The 38-year old chief minister sought Britain’s cooperation for modernising the technical education system in the border state to ensure skill development in tune with global job market requirements.
Observing that tackling unemployment in the state is top on his agenda,he said skill development would go a long way to enhance employability among youth and create new employment avenues.
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