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India, Pak PMs` meet to bring dialogue back on track: Khurshid

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 22:39

New York: The upcoming meeting of the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan is unlikely to accomplish "something big" as it will focus on bringing the bilateral dialogue back on track, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Wednesday.

"We should understand that this is not a summit meeting in which we aim at accomplishing something big. Primarily we will see whether the dialogue process that started between the two countries, that stopped and got derailed, can that be brought back on track," Khurshid told reporters at the UN.

He was responding to a question about India`s expectations of the meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in New York on September 29.

Earlier today, Singh confirmed that he would meet Sharif on the margins of the UN General Assembly.

"We have to keep in mind that a lot has happened due to which it was necessary for us to stop (the dialogue process). What Pakistan is doing about our concerns, our expectations and how much can we move forward with trust. The meeting will provide a platform to look at all these," Khurshid said.

"We should not expect solutions to our problems will be arrived at at this meeting. If there is resolve and commitment to arrive at solutions then that will help us move the talks forward." he said.

Bilateral relations soured after five Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops along the Line of Control last month. New Delhi has also been urging Islamabad to take steps to stop terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil and to prosecute those responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.


First Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 22:39
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