Pak govt wants composite dialogue with India

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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