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Indo-Pak foreign secy level talks useful: MEA

Feb 07, 2011 07:52 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: The Indian and Pakistani Foreign Secretaries met after a gap of nearly six months in Thimphu on Sunday. Setting a positive tone ahead of their meeting in Thimphu, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir said they would endeavour to find a way forward for continued engagement between the two countries. After talks between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries, the Ministry of External Affairs said the talks were frank and useful. Both the countries decided to carry more talks. They agreed for need for constructive dialogue and need to carry forward dialogue process. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will visit India but no announcement was made on resumption of a full fledged dialogue. "They agreed on the need for a constructive dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues. They affirmed the need to carry forward the dialogue process,” said Vishnu Prakash, MEA spokesperson. Nirupama Rao raised the Mumbai attacks seeking an expeditious trial and a full investigation of the terror conspiracy while Salman Bashir pressed India to share details of the Samjhauta blasts probe. There was a discussion on dates for a future visit by Pakistan's foreign minister but no announcement was made. Instead, there was a reiteration that Qureshi had accepted SM Krishna’s invite to visit India. The two foreign secretaries also discussed a broad plan for a step by step resumption of the dialogue process. Pakistan has been insisting on a calendar for talks on all outstanding issues, including on Kashmir. Both foreign secretaries will report back to their political bosses - any progress made at Thimphu will be spelt out in New Delhi and Islamabad.

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