Treading cautiously and refraining from hasty conclusions regarding the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, India on Thursday said that foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan will take place as scheduled in New Delhi on July 26.
Both the US and India also made it clear that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s three-day visit to India on July 18 stays the course.
"There is no change in the scheduled visits of (US) Secretary of State (Hillary) Clinton or the foreign minister of Pakistan," external affairs minister SM Krishna said.
The India-US strategic dialogue between Krishna and Clinton will be held in the Capital and Clinton will also visit Chennai on July 19.
Condemning the attacks, Krishna said that the country will do everything within its power to bring the guilty to justice at the earliest.
“This is yet another grim reminder to everyone in this region and our country that terror is a continuing threat to India and it is necessary for all Indians to be ever vigilant of these terrorist attacks,” he said.
“I condemn these dastardly and heinous attacks on Mumbai where precious lives were lost and a number of our brothers and sisters were injured. I join the nation in mourning the deaths and conveying heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved families,” he said.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day addressing a press conference in Mumbai, home minister P Chidambaram said every angle will be investigated in the case.
The home minister also said that India was living in the "most troubled neighbourhood" as Pakistan and Afghanistan are the "epicenter" of terrorism. But talking about the terrorism in general, he said, “India has made it clear time and again, an atmosphere free of violence is a necessity for taking bilateral ties forward. That is the general position.”
Both Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani have condemned the blasts in Mumbai.
“President Asif Ali Zardari, PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, the government and the people of Pakistan, have condemned the blasts in Mumbai and expressed distress on the loss of lives and injuries,” Pakistan foreign office said.