Pak seeks 'meaningful' talks with India, but silent on dates
Responding to India's offer for Foreign Secretary-level talks, Pakistan today said it wanted a "meaningful and result-oriented composite dialogue", but remained silent on whether the proposed dates were acceptable to it.world Updated: Feb 10, 2010 21:41 IST
Responding to India's offer for Foreign Secretary-level talks, Pakistan on Wednesday said it wanted a "meaningful and result-oriented composite dialogue", but remained silent on whether the proposed dates were acceptable to it.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi chaired an inter-ministerial meeting to discuss India's offer to hold talks for which February 18 and 25 have been proposed.
The meeting was attended by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik, Director General (South Asia) Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi and senior officials of the military, ISI and defence and interior ministries.
"The meeting reaffirmed the commitment of the government of Pakistan to enter into a meaningful and result-oriented composite dialogue process with India in the interest of peace, development and stability in South Asia and to resolve all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India," a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.
The statement, however, was silent on whether the dates proposed by India to hold talks were acceptable to it.
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao had invited her counterpart Salman Bashir to New Delhi for talks. India says the talks would be focused on terrorism, but would be ready to discuss any other issue that Pakistan raises.
The statement said the inter-ministerial meeting was "convened to consider the Indian offer to resume dialogue with Pakistan and to evolve Pakistan's views towards the Indian proposal," the statement said.