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Top officials must head joint anti-terror mechanism: Kasuri

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 19:02 IST

Pakistan wants the joint anti-terror mechanism agreed with India to be headed by top foreign ministry officials of both sides and hopes that differences over its set-up would be resolved at the upcoming Foreign Secretary-level talks.

"Pakistan is suggesting a mechanism headed by Additional Foreign Secretary as the Foreign Ministry is focal point in dealing with any country whether on agriculture, defence or weather," Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri said in an interview.

"It is basically the ministry of foreign affairs that deals with other countries on all issues relating to that particular country," Kasuri said.

"That is why I said that the mechanism should be headed by an Additional Secretary of Foreign Affairs. Why did I say Additional Secretary and not at a lower level as I wanted it to be a senior person with two other persons from the background," he said.

On National Security Advisor MK Narayanan's remarks that India wants a two-tier set-up, Kasuri said "let the two Foreign Secretaries meet on November 14 in New Delhi. I do not want to harp on differences.

"I think in both countries' interest, the joint security mechanism is a success. Whereas India has concerns, Pakistan also has concerns and it is much better that we have a mechanism where both countries can voice their concerns," he said.