India-Pak Foreign Ministerial talks on July 27

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External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and newly-appointed Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Kher
New Delhi, July 21: Building on the official-level talks, Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan will meet here on July 27 to discuss all aspects of the bilateral relations, particularly focussing on issues like terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, trade and promotion of bilateral exchanges.

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and newly-appointed Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will hold day-long talks.

It will be preceded by a meeting of Foreign Secretaries of the two countries on July 26, it was officially announced today by the External Affairs Ministry. A similar statement was issued by the Pakistan Foreign Office in Islamabad.

A host of key issues including Jammu and Kashmir, India's concerns over terror, Siachen, Sir Creek, trade, confidence-building measures and people-to-people contact will be discussed.

At the talks, India is expected to raise concern over the slow pace of 2008 Mumbai attack probe and trial in Pakistan.

The issue of Mumbai attacks came up during the talks between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistan counterpart Salman Bashir in Islamabad last month.

In the meeting, India had pressed for "satisfactory closure" of the trial in Pakistan of Mumbai terror attack accused, saying it would help in normalisation of ties.

After a break since 26/11 attack, the two countries in February decided to resume talks on all bilateral issues, which were earlier being discussed under Composite Dialogue.

Subsequently, talks were held at levels of Defence, Interior and Commerce Secretaries and other official levels.

PTI

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