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Terrorists should not derail Pakistan, India talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 15,IRNA -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Friday that 'terrorists' designs' should not derail dialogue process with the neighbouring India.

Prime Minister Gilani made the remarks while talking to the visiting Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka G.L. Peiris in Islamabad a day after India said that dialogue process with Pakistan will continue despite this week's multiple bomb attacks in Mumbai.

Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and India will hold officials talks in New Delhi later this month.

India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna confirmed on Thursday that there were no changes in the meetings with Pakistan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar in the wake of Wednesday's serial blasts in Mumbai.

A date has yet to be finalised for the talks in New Delhi between Krishna and Khar, but officials say it would be in the last week of July.

Prime Minister Gilani expressed satisfaction at the resolve of both Pakistan and India to continue with their bilateral dialogue, and not get deterred by terrorists' designs to derail the dialogue once again, the PM office said.

He said Pakistan has strongly condemned the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai.

The Prime Minister placed great emphasis on peace in the region and said that Pakistan wants to maintain friendly relations with all its neighbours including India, Iran and Afghanistan. He stated that stability in Afghanistan is most important. Pakistan supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation in their country.

He said Sri Lanka has greatly suffered due to terrorism and so has Pakistan, adding that the countries of the region should remain committed to get rid of this menace just as Sri Lanka has done.

The Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Mr. Pieris, briefed the Prime Minister on his country's campaign against terrorism during the last 30 years and the current process of reconciliation, revival of leadership, reconstruction of infrastructure as Sri Lanka's priorities after its success in rooting out terrorism from their country, the statement said.

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