Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary meet lays a `solid foundation`: Krishna

India said the meeting between Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries had laid a "solid foundation".

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2011, 00:41 AM IST

Thimphu: India Monday said the meeting
between Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries had laid a "solid
foundation" for sustained engagement aimed at building
"bridges of trust and mutual confidence".

Arriving here to attend the 33rd meeting of SAARC
Council of Ministers, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna
described yesterday`s meeting between Foreign Secretary
Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir as
part of a process of engagement which is being taken forward
as per the direction of Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and
Yousuf Raza Gilani.

"The genesis of all this was the Prime Ministers, when
they met in Thimphu, they mandated the Foreign Ministers and
Foreign Secretaries to bridge the trust deficit between the
two countries. So, all these meetings at the level of Foreign
Secretaries and Foreign Ministers are going to achieve that
purpose... building bridges of trust, mutual confidence,
respect and all the other things," Krishna said.

Rao and Bashir met last night for about 90-minutes to
discuss ways to restore stalled dialogue process and to chart
a way forward. Both sides described talks as "constructive"
and express optimism over the future of the bilateral ties.

Asked whether progress had been made at the meeting,
Krishna said, "The very fact that the two Foreign Secretaries
met is certainly an indication that solid foundation has been
laid for getting the two countries on the sustained
engagement."

PTI