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Outcome of Indo-Pak talks depends on India: Qureshi

world Updated: Feb 21, 2010 23:20 IST

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Pakistan's Foreign Minister on Sunday expressed his optimism on the resumption of talks with India, but said the outcome of the talks on February 25 "depends on the response from the Indian side".

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he is "optimistic" on the Pak-India Foreign Scretary level talks later this week. He, however, made it clear that the outcome of the talk "depends on the response from the Indian side".

Qureshi, who is on a five day-visit to China, said as neighbours, we can not do without talking to each other.

The Minister's visit aims to deepen the Sino-Pak "all weather relations" and brief Beijing on regional issues, including the forthcoming bilateral talks with India.

India has stalled the composite dialogue with Pakistan after the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, asking Islamabad to punish those involved in the carnage.

Talking to mediaperson in Beijing, he said the peace process between the two countries had been proceeding well, but India unfortunately suspended the talks after the Mumbai incident, according to the Pakistani news agency APP.

Commenting on China's role in fighting international terrorism, Qureshi said Beijing is playing a positive and important role.

The state-run news agency quoted Qureshi as saying that China has provided critical assistance to Pakistan for economic development and strengthening its counter-terrorism efforts.

Qureshi is expected to brief the Chinese leadership on the regional situation, including the India-Pakistan Foreign Secretary talks on February 25 in New Delhi in a bid to normalise its relations with New Delhi.