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Pak for tangible progress in talks with India

Ahead of the foreign secretary level talks, Pak says failure to reach any agreement will demoralise people in both the countries.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2006 14:45 IST

Ahead of Tuesday's Indo-Pak foreign secretary-level talks, Pakistan has said "tangible" progress was necessary during the deliberations as failure to reach any agreement would demoralise people in both the countries.

"We hope that as a result of this meeting we will, in the spirit of Havana Declaration (signed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pervez Musharraf), see narrowing down of divergences and building on convergences," Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri said.

"The composite dialogue process should be carried forward and it should be ensured that it was not perceived as an exercise in futility.

Tangible progress was necessary," he said in an interview published in local daily Dawn on Monday.

"This is essential to keep the morale of public in place. If much progress will not be achieved then the pro-peace forces on both sides will be demoralised and those not in favour of peace will be strengthened," Kasuri said.

"We are very serious about the composite dialogue and our record speaks for it," he added.

He said the talks, being resumed after a four-month gap following the Mumbai bomb blasts, posed a "major challenge" for the foreign offices of the two countries and both have to "practically" demonstrate the constructive spirit that prevailed in Havana.

Tuesday's talks between the foreign secretaries would also be the first after Singh-Musharraf meeting in Havana on September 16, where the two sides agreed to exchange "useful ideas" to resolve the Kashmir issue, he said.

First Published: Nov 13, 2006 14:45 IST