No meeting with Qureshi planned: Krishna

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 10:03

New York: Ending the suspense, External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna Tuesday night ruled out a meeting with
Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UNGA here, but
said the dialogue between the two countries will continue when
his Pakistani counterpart visits India.

"Well it is not on the cards," Krishna told reporters
when asked whether he would meet his Pakistani counterpart
here.

However, he underlined that the talks with Pakistan
would be pursued.

"How can you nullify India-Pak talks," Krishna told
the Indian media at the Asia Society, where he delivered a
speech on India.

"I have said in my speech that I have invited Foreign
Minister Qureshi to come to India and he has very graciously
accepted my invitation," he said.

"I am looking forward to his visit to India so that we
can take up from where he left in Islamabad," he said.

His comments came as Qureshi said "some suggestions"
had been sent to India to take the talks forward and he was
now awaiting its response.

"The talks can take place immediately if a positive
response is received," Qureshi said, adding that any meeting
needs to be "meaningful" and should produce results.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 10:03

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