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CCS approves framework of Indo-Pak talks

The Cabinet also approved the framework of parleys Defence Minister will hold during his visit to China beginning on May 24.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 22:18 IST

The Cabinet Committee on Security on Friday night approved the framework of Indo-Pak talks next week on Siachen and Sir Creek issues and also that of the parleys Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee will hold during his visit to China beginning May 24.

"The CCS approved the briefs for these meetings," Mukherjee said after a three-hour-long meeting of the Cabinet Committee presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He, however, declined to give any further details saying, "I cannot give you any of the salient points of the briefings.

On the two-day Defence Secretary-level talks on Siachen beginning May 23 and Sir Creek beginning May 25, Mukherjee said, "they were part of the Composite Dialogue Process with Pakistan. These are institutional arrangements. During the meetings each side will put forward their perceptions."

Besides Mukherjee, the meeting was attended among others by Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Army Chief Gen JJ Singh, Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lf Gen Madan Gopal, National Security Advisor MK Narayan, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and Home Secretary VK Duggal.