Will Bhutan become a lucky charm for India-Pak?

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Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir
Thimpu, Feb 6: The high commands of foreign ministries of India and Pakistan are all set to meet for the diplomatic talks over several disputed issues in Bhutan's capital Thimpu on Sunday, Feb 6. But will it be fruitful for the two nations? Will Bhutan work as a lucky charm for Indo-Pak relation?

India's foreign secretary, Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir will discuss many core issues in the late evening meeting, sources informed.

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"Dialogue between India and Pakistan is necessary and a must if we are to satisfactorily resolve the outstanding issues between our two countries," stated Rao during a press meet on Feb 5.

She also informed, "We have a number of outstanding issues. So we are going into this with an open mind and constructive attitude."

However, both the countries will raise voice about their key interest issues. While Pakistan will be cautioned over India's stand on Samjhauta blast case, India will emphasise on terrorism on its (Pakistan) soil and Mumbai terror attacks (2008) culprits, sources said.

Now, time will prove the outcome of the meeting, though Rao expected, "we (India and Pakistan) should be working towards continued engagement."

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