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Pakistan, India open anti-terror talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, June 24, IRNA
Pakistan-India
Senior officials from Pakistan and India opened talks here on Tuesday to review joint mechanism against terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said.

The two sides are discussing various counter-terrorism measures and exchanging information to assist in investigations related to terrorist acts, a Ministry official told IRNA.

This is the third meeting of Pakistan-India Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism. The last meeting was held in New Delhi on October 22, 2007.

The Pakistani delegation is led by Mr. Masood Khalid, Additional Secretary (Asia & Pacific), Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Indian delegation is headed by Mr. Vivek Katju, Additional Secretary (Political & International Organizations), Ministry of External Affairs, India.

India and Pakistan began peace talks in 2004 after coming close to what would have been the fourth war between the countries.

The talks have made slow progress, particularly over the key Kashmir dispute.

Indian Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukharjee travelled to Pakistan last month and both sides agreed to continue their so-called 'composite dialogue' process which also covers talks over a joint anti-terror mechanism.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is scheduled to visit India on June 27, the first by Pakistani FM since the new government took office in March.

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is expected to visit Pakistan this year, according to Pakistani and Indian officials.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani is likely to meet Indian counterpart in Sri Lanka next month when the two leaders will travel there for a regional summit.

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