India keen on Qureshi`s visit: Preneet

Last Updated: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 22:28

Patiala: India on Saturday said it was keen on
the visit of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
whose remarks had almost derailed the recent bilateral talks
in Islamabad.

"Our External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has already
extended the invitation to his Pakistani counterpart recently.
"It is up to them how they will move forward," Minister
of State State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur told
reporters here.

She, however, added India was keen on Qureshi`s visit
to the country.

The Minister said India was willing to take another
step to build trust between the two countries.
"We always hope there will be a step forward to enhance
the trust between two countries," Kaur, an MP from Patiala,
said.

Qureshi`s sharp remarks about Union Home Secretary G K
Pillai and S M Krishna`s allegedly making telephone calls from
Islamabad to New Delhi during the recent talks had dealt a
blow to efforts to sustain the bilateral dialogue.

To a question, Preneet Kaur said British Prime
Minister David Cameron during his recent visit to India had
clearly stated that Pakistan should curb terrorism emanating
from its territory.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 22:28

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