Pakistan, India vow to restore confidence, trust

20:32, June 24, 2010      

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Top Pakistan and India diplomats Thursday agreed to work towards restoring confidence and trust with a view to making it possible to have comprehensive, sustained and substantive dialogue.

Foreign secretaries of the two countries met in Islamabad and said later that they comprehensively reviewed their state of relations and modalities for restoring the trust and confidence.

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir said after the talks in Islamabad that the two sides engaged into useful and constructive talks which were also aimed at preparing for the meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries next month in Islamabad.

He said their discussions covered all issues of concern and interest to the two countries and they adopted a forward looking approach.

The foreign secretary pointed out that the talks were held in the backdrop of meeting between prime ministers of the two countries in Bhutan where they had mandated engagement between foreign secretaries and foreign ministers.

He said in Wednesday's meeting they have been able to accomplish this mandate in a most efficient manner. The talks have been marked by cordiality and sincerity.

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao agreed that the talks have been cordial and constructive and useful in understanding each other's position.

She said they agreed that dialogue is the best way forward. "We owe it to our people to chart out a course for normalization of relations, narrow differences and embark upon a collaborative engagement."

Salman Bashir said the two countries have been discussing ways and means to mutually cooperate in enhancing anti-terrorism cooperation. Interior Ministers of Pakistan and India would also meet on the sidelines of South Asian Association for Gegional Cooperation (SAARC) Interior Ministers' Conference in Islamabad.

Asked why India was not agreeable for resumption of composite dialogue process, the Indian foreign secretary claimed that there was nothing in nomenclature. She said the two countries should focus on the fact that dialogue is resuming between the two countries.

India put a pause on talks with Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, blamed on the Pakistan-based terror group Lashker- e-Taiba.

Source: Xinhua


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