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Gilani to approach talks with Manmohan Singh with 'open mind'

world Updated: Jul 14, 2009 17:01 IST

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani today said he would hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the margins of the NAM summit in Egypt with an "open mind" as he believed any "pause" in bilateral dialogue would benefit terrorists.

"If talks were on pause, that benefitted the terrorists," Gilani told reporters here before embarking on a four-day visit to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. He said he would approach his parleys with Singh with an "open mind".

"Both countries were moving in the right direction but because of the Mumbai incident, there has been a pause in the composite dialogue," Gilani said.

He said his talks with Singh on the sidelines of the NAM summit were aimed at restarting the stalled peace process.

More interaction between the two countries will prove beneficial, he said.

The Foreign Secretaries of the two countries will hold talks today in Sharm el-Sheikh to chalk out the agenda for his meeting with Singh, he said. Singh and he would also decide on "the issues to be discussed" when they meet, Gilani added.

Pakistan believes in cordial relations with all countries, particularly its neighbours, he said. Gilani also said his visit to the NAM summit was "extremely important" as he would meet several world leaders.