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Pakistan Foreign Minister to meet Krishna with 'positive approach'

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said he will adopt a "positive approach" for his meeting with his Indian counterpart S M Krishna on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York.

world Updated: Sep 23, 2009 15:52 IST

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said he will adopt a "positive approach" for his meeting with his Indian counterpart S M Krishna on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York. Qureshi told state-run PTV that he hoped his engagement with Krishna will be meaningful.

The two Foreign Ministers are expected to meet after talks between Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir.

This will be the first high-level contact between India and Pakistan since the premiers of the two countries met at Sharm el-Sheikh in July.

Krishna, meanwhile, has said he was "sceptical" about the outcome of his meeting with Qureshi in the absence of Pakistan acting against perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks.

Ahead of his meeting with Qureshi on September 27, Krishna said only "sincerity and seriousness" on the part of Pakistan would provide a "sound backdrop" for a meaningful dialogue and everything depended on what Pakistan does between now and when the two foreign ministers meet.

India suspended the composite dialogue process with Pakistan in the wake of the Mumbai attacks in November last year and linked the resumption to Pakistan taking action against the perpetrators of the assault. Qureshi also said he will meet the foreign ministers of several countries on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.