India-Pak talks in first quarter of 2011: Krishna

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be arriving for talks in India only in the "first quarter of next year", Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said here Wednesday.

Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 23:55 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be arriving for talks in India only in the "first quarter of next year", Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said here Wednesday.
"He (Qureshi) was originally supposed to come in the end of this year. Now, it will happen hopefully in the first quarter of 2011 and we will take up where we left," Krishna told reporters here.

Qureshi`s visit was expected this year as a reciprocal gesture after Krishna went to Islamabad for talks, which however had collapsed publicly. But dates for the trip were difficult to find this year, with a number of high level visits scheduled in November and December.

"India believes that dialogue and continuation of talks that were initiated by me will have to be carried on," he said.

Besides US President Barack Obama, who will be here early next month, other high-level visitors to New Delhi this year would include Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Dmitry Medvedev of Russia.
Terror inputs from US before 26/11 general, not specific: India

India on Wednesday said terror-related
inputs provided to it by the US prior to the Mumbai attack in
2008 were "general" in nature and "not specific".

The remarks by External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
came days after reports that two estranged wives of
Pakistani-American LeT operative David Coleman Headley had
before the Mumbai carnage told US officials about his "radical
connections".

"We had some general and not specific information which
we had received from the US prior to the heinous attack on
Mumbai. But it was not specific and very general," External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna told reporters in reply to a
question on the subject.

He emphasised on the strategic ties between US and India
and how they were further strengthened in the recent years.

"We share a common outlook on a host of issues including
on combating terrorism," Krishna said.

According to media reports, two estranged wives of
Headley had met US officials and informed them about his
terrorist links. However, the US has maintained that these
inputs were of a general nature.

Headley had made startling revelations about his
activities in India to the National Investigation Agency (NIA)
officials who interrogated him in Chicago in the US recently.
This includes terror attack plots on targets including the
National Defence College here.

US ambassador to India Timothy Roemer said in a statement
last Saturday that Washington had shared with New Delhi
terror-related inputs it deemed were `potentially credible` to
this country`s national security.

With Agency Inputs