Doors with Pakistan have never been shut, but terror issue remains, says Krishna

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New Delhi, Feb.2 (ANI): Union External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said that doors for a dialogue with Pakistan have never been shut, but talks on terror will remain the focal point of any future dialogue with Pakistan.

Talking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright programme in India, Krishna said: "In our previous dialogue, focus has always been on terror and terror instrumentalities which will continue. The talks with Pakistan, the doors were never shut but in our previous dialogues the focus has obviously been on terror, on terror Pakistan to be dismantled. This remains the focal point of our dialogue with Pakistan."

Although MEA has so far not revealed the resumption of composite dialogue with Pakistan, Krishna said that talks with Pakistan would center on terrorism and New Delhi's insistence on dismantling the terror network across the border.

Talking about Pakistan's efforts towards bringing perpetrators of 26/11 to justice, Krishna reinforced India's stance saying the country expects that based on the dossiers provided from Indian side on the 26/11 attacks, Pakistan would investigate further.

According to sources in External Affairs Ministry, Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet soon.

On Monday (Feb.1), Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram also indicated about the possibility of bilateral talks with Pakistani leadership during the three-day South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) interior ministers' conference scheduled from February 20. (ANI)

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