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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

SM Krishna meets Qureshi, discusses road map for bilateral ties

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

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New Delhi, 27 May (Asiantribune.com):

Furthering the dialogue process, India and Pakistan held another high level meeting this time at the foreign minister level on the sidelines of the G-8 Foreign ministers meeting at Trieste, Italy, and reviewed the current status of Indo-Pak relations.

India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi agreed that bilateral ties have remained under ‘considerable stress’.

Both leaders felt that the forthcoming meeting of Foreign Secretaries, ‘as was decided by our leaders (who met in Yekaterinburg on the sidelines of SCO summit) in Russia’, was important ‘as it will enable us to take stock of where we stand on the issue of terrorism’.

'‘Foreign Minister Qureshi and I, however, also agreed in our discussions today of the vast potential that exist in India-Pakistan relations. I conveyed the sentiments of our Prime Minister that we stand ready to meet Pakistan more than half way to utilize and harness that potential for our mutual benefit. At the same time, we have to address centrally why our relations come under stress recurrently’, Krishna said in a statement circulated by his office in Delhi on his talks with Pakistan foreign minister.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Asif Ali Zardari met last week in the first high-level contact between the two countries after the Mumbai terror attacks of 26th November 2008. Singh bluntly told Zardari that his mandate was to tell him that Pakistan should not allow its soil to be used for terror attacks against India.

Krishna, who is leading the Indian delegation for the G-8 Summit, also held discussions with Afghanistan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta on a comprehensive strategy for the stability in the region.

-Asian Tribune -.

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