Pak govt wants composite dialogue with India
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 22:54
Islamabad: A high-level inter-ministerial meeting of Pakistan government today discussed India's offer for Foreign Secretary-level talks and sought a "meaningful and result-oriented composite dialogue" to resolve outstanding issues and usher in peace and stability in South Asia.

"The meeting reaffirmed the commitment of the government of Pakistan to enter into a meaningful and result-oriented composite dialogue process with India in the interest of peace, development and stability in South Asia and to resolve all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India," a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi chaired the inter-ministerial meeting at the Foreign Office that was attended by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik, Director General (South Asia) Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi and senior officials of the military, ISI and defence and interior ministries.

The inter-ministerial meeting was "convened to consider the Indian offer to resume dialogue with Pakistan and to evolve Pakistan's views towards the Indian proposal," the statement said.

India has proposed talks at the level of the Foreign Secretaries later this month. The two sides are yet to decide on a date and venue for the meeting.


First Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2010, 22:54

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