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Not expecting breakthrough in meeting with Krishna: Pak Minister

world Updated: Sep 16, 2009 16:09 IST

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Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said he is not expecting any "major breakthrough" in the upcoming meeting with his Indian counterpart SM Krishna though his country continues to be hopeful that bilateral relations will improve.

"Frankly speaking, I am not expecting any major breakthrough (during the meeting with Krishna on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York). India's mindset is evident. I am not too optimistic and I do not think any major breakthrough is possible," he said.

"I have already said that we want the situation to take a turn for the better. But we should not be too optimistic as there are lots of challenges," Qureshi told reporters in his hometown of Multan.

Qureshi said he would approach the meeting with Krishna in New York "with positive mind" in the hope of "a constructive engagement".

"I will clearly spell out Pakistan's views before them. I will present the reality whether anyone likes it or not."

A date for a meeting between the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan has not yet been fixed. They are expected to meet ahead of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers on September 26, he said.