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India, Pak big enough countries to decrease tensions without help from outside: Norway PM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and are big enough countries to ensure that they can decrease bilateral tensions without help from outside, Norwegian said Monday.

made the remarks during a after the inauguration of a new green compound at the here.

Asked if could play the role of a having a reputation of resolving conflicts, she said had done a lot of work on mediation for peaceful settlement of disputes, but her government's policy was clear --to help someone when asked for it.

"Nobody from the outside can create peace or make changes. It has to come from inside," she said.

So if there is a movement in and for greater talks together, other countries may help, but the process has to be "partner driven", said.

"It has to be those who are part of the conflict. I think both and are big enough countries to make sure that they can decrease tension between them without help from outside," the Norwegian said.

Later, Norwegian to India Nils Ragnar Kamsvg, in a tweet, clarified that Solberg had not offered to mediate between India and Pakistan.

has neither been asked nor offered to mediate, he said.

Solberg, while replying to a question on whether a military solution was possible in the Kashmir Valley, said, "I personally don't believe that military solutions can solve problems, I believe in I believe in the participation of women and youth in peace negotiations."

She said military solutions are not always long lasting.

Solberg said that good relations with neighbours can also provide an opportunity for using less money on military and allocating more funds on health and education sectors.

The Norwegian prime minister, who arrived here this morning for a three-day visit, will hold talks with on Tuesday on a host of issues with an aim to expand the multi-faceted bilateral partnership.

To another question, Solberg said there is a long tradition of cooperation with India and she was looking forward to further collaboration in Tuesday's meetings with the Indian leadership.

"Most of the political meetings will be tomorrow. This day we are starting with our business meeting and a record number of Norwegean businesses have come here to find Indian partners to increase cooperation with India," Solberg said.

Asked how Norway can help India in clean energy sector, she said that some of the technologies that her country has are applicable in India.

She said there were lot of opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the maritime, science and

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 22:00 IST
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