India on Friday conveyed to Pakistan that bilateral ties were under 'considerable stress' due to terrorism emanating from its soil.
In the second high-level meeting between the two countries, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna met his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting in Italy and reviewed the current status of Indo-Pak relations.
"These (relations) have remained under considerable stress and the primary cause of this is the terrorist attacks on India, by elements based in Pakistan," Krishna told reporters after the meeting.
He said Qureshi and he agreed, however, that there was vast potential that existed in India-Pakistan relations.
"I conveyed the sentiments of our prime minister that we stand ready to meet Pakistan more than half way to utilise and harness that potential for our mutual benefit. At the same time, we have to address centrally why our relations come under stress recurrently," Krishna said.
He also told his Pakistani counterpart that the "forthcoming meeting of Foreign Secretaries, as was decided by our leaders in Russia, is important as it will enable us to take stock of where we stand on the issue of terrorism and the fulfillment by Pakistan of its assurance that its territory would not be used for terrorist attacks on India."