India attempts a satisfactory closure on Mumbai Attack

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Nirupama Rao
Islamabad, Jun 20: India hitherto is “overall satisfied" with the dialogue process with Pakistan and now it is seeking for the next round of talks between the foreign secretaries with “realistic expectations".

It would seek a talk regarding the Mumbai terror attacks case during this week. Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, accompanied by a high-level official delegation, would conduct discussion with her Pakistan counterpart Salman Bashir on June 23 and 24 in Islamabad.

Though earlier India and Pakistani officials held several conversations on defence, commerce, internal security, visas and other issues, now, Rao and Bashir will be discussing Jammu and Kashmir, peace and security, confidence building measures (CBMs) and friendly exchanges between the two countries.

The talks would also include concerns over terror directed against India from Pakistan. Nuclear CBMs would also be part of the discussions, where the two sides would try to strengthen the existing agreements referring to the notifications on nuclear missiles and nuclear facilities.

According to government sources, the meetings between home and commerce secretaries were quite satisfactory. "Our concerns have not, in any way, diminished by the resumption of dialogue. Through dialogue you keep the chain of communication open.How can our concerns of terrorism not be addressed by us? (and that is why we have to raise them).Terrorism is central to our concerns," they added.

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