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Pak invites Rao to visit Islamabad to revive peace process

world Updated: Sep 11, 2009 22:37 IST

Pakistan invited Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to visit Islamabad for talks with her Pakistani counterpart in a bid to revive the stalled peace process between the two countries.

Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir extended the invitation to Rao during a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal at the Foreign Office. Diplomatic sources said Bashir sought the meeting with the Indian envoy.

Pakistan government had initially extended the invitation for Rao to visit Islamabad shortly after she assumed the post of Foreign Secretary in August. India has not yet responded to the invitation.

Bashir recalled that the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India, during their meeting on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit at Sharm el-Sheikh on July 16, had agreed that "dialogue is the only way forward", said a statement from the Foreign Office spokesman.

The two premiers had also decided that the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan should meet prior to a meeting between the two Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York, Bashir was quoted as saying in the statement.