Krishna, Qureshi to meet again in Kabul?

Krishna and Qureshi may meet next week on the sidelines of a donors` conference in Kabul.

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2010, 18:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Notwithstanding the recent
acrimony after their talks failed to make any headway,
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his Pakistani
counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi may meet next week on the
sidelines of a donors` conference in Kabul.

Both Krishna and Qureshi would be in Kabul to attend the
donors` conference on July 20, a bid by Afghan government
officials to urge a start to the spending of billions of
dollars of pledged development funds.

According to information available here, there were
indications that Pakistani side, which appears to have piped
down on Saturday after two days of acrimony with India, was
exploring a possibility of a pull-aside between Krishna and
Qureshi in Afghanistan.

Indo-Pak ties witnessed diplomatic acrimony, immediately
after the dialogue which ended in sharp differences, with both
sides holding each other responsible for not making any
headway in the parleys on Thursday in Islamabad and Qureshi
making unpleasant remarks about Krishna.

However, Pakistan appears to have piped down today with
its leaders saying the country wanted continuation of the
bilateral dialogue and is serious about normalisation of
Indo-Pak ties.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said,
"Pakistan wants the continuation of dialogue with India. Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh has assured me that all issues will
be discussed".

Qureshi said, "We are very serious about
normalising our relations with India."

"I met with my Indian counterpart in Islamabad just day
before yesterday. We agreed to embark on a sustained dialogue
process," he added.

PTI