On the eve of crucial talks between Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers, top diplomats of the two countries met in New York on Saturday to prepare ground for the parleys, where India is expected to demand speedy probe into the Mumbai attacks and decisive action against their mastermind, JuD chief Hafiz Mohd Saeed.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir held talks here at the Roosvelt Hotel on the margins of the annual UN General Assembly session, the first high-level contact between the two sides since the Prime Ministers of the two countries met at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in July.
In the run-up to the meeting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in a tough message, made it clear to Pakistan that it must stop state-sponsored terrorism to normalise relations with India.
"India's message is that India seeks to normalise its relations with Pakistan. But the only obstacle is that Pakistan should give up its old attitude regarding the use of terror as an instrument of state policy," Singh told a press conference in Pittsburg, while winding up his trip there for the G-20 summit.