Dialogue with Pak, a graduated one: SM Krishna

Posted By: Devaki
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Kabul, Jul 21: India informed the United States that the talks with Pakistan will be a 'graduated' one since their problems cannot be solved in a few sittings. External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said this to Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, Jul 20 while they met in Kabul on the side lines of the International Conference on Afghanistan.

Krishna said that he would inform her about the assessment of his recent discussions with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

He told the media that India wanted a dialogue which could continue and not the one which could be over in one sitting. The nature of problems both the nations have inherited over 60 years cannot be resolved by a couple of dialogues. He added that there has to be an institutional mechanism for resolving the concerns between both the countries.

Both the nations should dispose of those which are doable with very little complexities. The other problems can be solved later on when the top officials meet again, he said.

Krishna replied in a negative tone when asked whether Kashmir issue came up during the discussion with Ms Clinton. She had said that Kashmir issue was an 'impediment' in developing good rapport with both the neighboring countries.

They also discussed Afghanistan-Pakistan situation and Obama's upcoming visit to India.

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