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Indian, Pakistani Foreign Ministers Meet in Islamabad

VOA News
15 July 2010

The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan are meeting in Islamabad to revive bilateral dialogue, their first meeting since the Mumbai terrorist attacks derailed peace negotiations two years ago.

Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi opened talks Thursday, and are expected to appear at a press conference later in the day to review their progress.

Krishna told reporters on arrival Wednesday that his visit marks a new beginning in the efforts to improve strained relations.

The agenda for the talks was dominated mostly by India's security concerns, including terrorism, violence in Indian-controlled Kashmir and rivalry in Afghanistan.

India says no improvement in the relationship can come until Pakistan cracks down on the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, who Indian authorities accuse of carrying out the Mumbai attacks.

Ten gunmen targeted several locations throughout the city in a three-day siege that killed 166 people.

On Wednesday, Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai accused Pakistan's intelligence agency of controlling and coordinating the Mumbai attacks.

In an interview with the Indian Express newspaper Wednesday, Pillai alleged that Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence played a much more significant role in planning and executing the attacks than was earlier known.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied that its intelligence agency was involved.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.



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