Ties with Pak have transformed: Krishna

India today said it had decided to have dialogue after assurance at the level of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani that India`s "core concern" with regard to terrorism would be addressed adequately.

Updated: May 07, 2010, 00:21 AM IST

New Delhi: Contending that the relations with
Pakistan had undergone "transformation", India today said it
had decided to have dialogue after assurance at the level of
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani that India`s "core concern"
with regard to terrorism would be addressed adequately.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said he would talk
to his counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi tomorrow, in pursuance
to the decision by the Prime Ministers of the two countries in
Thimphu last week, to discuss modalities for reducing the
"trust deficit" that has been nagging the ties.

"Indeed, I am talking to my Pakistan counterpart tomorrow
(over phone)," he told the Rajya Sabha while responding to
clarifications from members on the Prime Minister`s visit to
Thimphu where he met Gilani on the sidelines of SAARC Summit.

The telephonic talk between Krishna and Qureshi will be
in pursuance to the decision of the two Prime Ministers that
their Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries would work out
modalities for addressing the trust deficit.

"An ideal situation has come about (for dialogue).
Transformation has come about in our relations (with
Pakistan)," Krishna said referring to the meeting between
Singh and Gilani in Thimphu where the two sides decided to
resume dialogue.

Giving the sense of Singh-Gilani meeting, Krishna said
the "mood, ambience, and tone and tenor of the Pakistan Prime
Minister was indeed encouraging" at the meeting.

He said Singh put across India`s "core concern" about
terrorism and the Pakistan Prime Minister gave assurance that
the concerns will "certainly" be responded and "met
adequately".

In the light of "this assurance at the level of the Prime
Minister, we will proceed in the matter," Krishna said.

After the end of Parliament session tomorrow, Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao is expected to travel to Islamabad some
time later this month to discuss modalities for the dialogue
process.

-PTI