''Progress in talks only if Pak addresses concerns on 26/11''

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New Delhi, Feb 16 (PTI) As it prepares to resume dialoguewith Pakistan, India today said any "meaningful progress" inthe process can take place only if Islamabad takes concretesteps to address New Delhi''s concerns on 26/11 terror attacksin Mumbai.

"Any meaningful progress can be made only when Pakistantakes concrete steps to address India''s concerns on 26/11terror attacks," Defence Minister A K Antony said at the AsianSecurity Conference here.

However, the Minister added that the two sides have justconcluded the Foreign Secretary-level talks which demonstratedtheir desire to carry forward the dialogue process.

After the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, India hadsuspended the dialogue process with Pakistan which was resumedonly a week ago in Thimphu where the two Foreign Secretariesmet to discuss the issues between the two sides.

India has been demanding that Pakistan should punish thePak-based terror groups and individuals responsible forcarrying out the attacks, in which over 165 people were killedand several others were injured.

Meanwhile, addressing the gathering, Antony said Indiahas always desired peaceful relations with all its neighboursincluding Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

"We know that security of one nation is closely linkedand dependent on the security of its neighbouring countries.

In the neighbourhood, we have always been in favour ofresolving issues through dialogue and constant engagement," headded.

Antony said India''s strategic location on the map of Asiagives it a strategic importance.

"India, China and Japan have historical and culturallinkages. Given such a unique inter-connectivity between theseand other Asian nations, security-related challenges and theirsolutions require a united approach in the entire regions,"the Minister said.

He listed terrorism, nuclear proliferation, piracy andarms smuggling as some of the main challenges faced by thecountries of Asia.

The Defence Minister said India didn''t want to furtherits relationship with one nation at the cost of any othernation.

"Our relations with other nations are dictated by oursecurity imperatives. We have never wanted to further ourrelationship with a particular nation at the cost of therelations with any other country," added.

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