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Pakistan foreign minister arrives in New Delhi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, July 26, IRNA -- Ms Hina Rabbani Khar, the first woman Foreign Minister of Pakistan on Tuesday arrived in New Delhi for talks with her Indian counterpart S M Krishna tomorrow.

The 34-year-old Khar was hopeful that the two countries can move forward as 'good, friendly neighbours who have a stake in each other's future'.

'Hope that these two countries have learnt lessons from history, but are not burdened by history and we can move forward as good, friendly neighbours who have stake in each other's future and both the countries understand their responsibilities to the region and within the region,' the youngest Foreign Minister of Pakistan, said on her arrival in New Delhi.

A host of bilateral issues, including Confidence Building Measures, India's concerns on terror, Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, trade and people-to-people contact are expectedly will figure in the talks between Rabbani and Khar on Wednesday.

Earlier, Khar told reporters in Lahore before leaving for India that Pakistan is looking forward to a 'pro-active, productive and result-oriented' engagement with India on all issues, including Kashmir on which 'we should not be held hostage to history,' according to pti.

She however said both countries have committed themselves to an 'uninterrupted and uninterruptible' peace process since they began their re-engagement earlier this year.

Ahead of the Foreign Minister level talks between the two neighbourly countries on Wednesday, India’s foreign secretary Ms. Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir today held discussions to prepare the agenda for the ministerial level meeting.

After a break since November 2008 terror attack in Mumbai, the two countries in February decided to resume talks on all bilateral issues, which were earlier being discussed under Composite Dialogue.

Subsequently, talks were held at levels of Defence, Interior and Commerce Secretaries and other official levels.

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