India/Pakistan Talks Begin and End


NEW DELHI: The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan met Thursday in New Delhi for the first official talks between the rivals since the 2008 Mumbai attacks which derailed their peace dialogue.
The Pakistani delegation, comprising eight members, is headed by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.
Earlier, talking to media before the commencement of talks, Salman Bashir said all longstanding issues including Kashmir Row, Terrorism, Water Distribution, Insurgency in Balochistan and others will come under discussion.
He said terrorism is an international menace, which needs to be encountered at all levels.
The spokesman to Foreign Office Abdul Basit, on the occasion, said no agenda has been set for the talks therefore every issues will be discussed.
He said we are going to hold talks with a positive approach, adding that Pakistan has shown seriousness in taking concrete actions against accused of Mumbai attacks.
Later, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao shook hands with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir at a former princely palace in the centre of the Indian capital.
“I welcome the foreign secretary of Pakistan Salman Bashir to New Delhi this morning and I look forward to our talks,” Rao told reporters.
India broke off a slow-moving peace process with Pakistan after the attacks on Mumbai in November 2008, which left 166 people dead. New Delhi blamed militants based in Pakistan.
Bashir said he looked forward “to a very good, constructive engagement”.

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