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Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries hold “positive” talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, July 26, IRNA -- The Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan on Tuesday held 'positive' talks on key issues setting the stage for Wednesday's meeting between their Foreign Ministers.

The two foreign secretaries had 'very cordial and positive discussions', an official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said after the parleys between Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir, who also finalised the agenda for tomorrow's talks.

The spokesman said they reviewed the progress in talks between different Ministries and organizations of the two countries in the preceding months.

The two officials will brief their respective ministers on their discussions ahead of the Krishna-Khar meeting, he said.

Meanwhile, Hina Rabbani Khar, the youngest and the first women Foreign Minister of Pakistan, who arrived here today afternoon, said that she hoped India and Pakistan can 'move forward' as good neighbours.

Rao was accompanied by Foreign Secretary-designate Ranjan Mathai, Y K Sinha, joint secretary in charge of Pakistan in MEA, Sharat Sabharwal, India's high commissioner to Pakistan and other senior officials.

Led by Bashir, the Pakistani delegation included Zehra Akbari, Director General, South Asia, in Pakistan's Foreign Office and Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik.

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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