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Home ministers to set stage for foreign minister talks: Qureshi

The home ministers of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad next month on the sidelines of the SAARC meet to lay the groundwork for talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries July 15, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday.

world Updated: May 11, 2010 14:10 IST

The home ministers of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad next month on the sidelines of the SAARC meet to lay the groundwork for talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries July 15, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Tuesday.

Chidambaram will visit Islamabad June 26 for the meeting of the home ministers of the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

Qureshi said after a nearly 30-minute telephonic conversation with his Indian counterpart SM Krishna that "all outstanding issues of mutual concern" will be discussed when the foreign ministers meet in Islamabad July 15.

Before that, the home ministers of the two countries will hold talks on the sidelines of the SAARC home ministers' meeting to lay the groundwork for the foreign ministers-level talks.

"We will not allow terrorism to impede the peace process," Qureshi said, adding that both sides should try to make the peace process irreversible.

During the telephonic conversation, Qureshi invited Krishna to visit Islamabad for talks July 15.