India, Pak foreign ministers may meet on July 27

The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan are expected to meet in New Delhi on July 27 to review progress in the bilateral peace process that was revived earlier this year, according to a media report Thursday.

Updated: Jul 07, 2011, 11:48 AM IST

Islamabad: The Foreign Ministers of India
and Pakistan are expected to meet in New Delhi on July 27 to
review progress in the bilateral peace process that was
revived earlier this year, according to a media report Thursday.

Pakistan will have to appoint a full-fledged Foreign
Minister before expected meeting and Minister of State for
Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar is among the front-runners
for the slot, The News daily quoted its sources as saying

Before the meeting of the Foreign Ministers, two
working groups will meet by the middle of this month to
discuss proposals on confidence-building measures, including
the expansion of cross-Line of Control movement and trade and
nuclear CBMs, the report said.

The Pakistani delegation for talks on cross-LoC CBMs
will be led by Director General (South Asia) Zehra H Akbari
while Director General (Disarmament Division) Irfan Yusuf
Shami will head the team for talks on nuclear CBMs.

The two Foreign Secretaries, who held talks in
Islamabad during June 23-24, will meet again in New Delhi
ahead of the ministerial meeting.

Pakistan`s Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir will travel
to New Delhi a day ahead of the minister, the report said.

"Some tangible outcome could be expected" from the
talks of the Foreign Ministers as "the atmosphere between the
two countries has reportedly turned conducive", the daily
quoted diplomatic sources as saying.

The Foreign Ministers will meet after the completion
of talks on eight separate issues, including the Kashmir
dispute, trade and commerce and counter-terrorism.

PTI