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India, Pakistan foreign secretaries to hold talks June 29

India, Pakistan foreign secretaries to hold talks June 29

Beijing: Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will hold talks in New Delhi June 29, setting the stage for the crucial visit of External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to Islamabad mid-July.

‘I will be coming to New Delhi for the foreign secretary-level talks June 29,’ Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani told IANS here.

Ahead of the foreign secretary-level talks, India and Pakistan will hold talks on the disputed Siachen glacier June 11-12 and the Sir Creek water body in the Rann of Kutch marshlands June 17-18 which will complete the revived dialogue process that started last year.

Striking an upbeat note on the future of the revived dialogue process, Jilani downplayed the delay in signing the visa agreement last month, saying the text has been initialed and is only waiting for signatures at the political level.

‘There are no issues with the visa agreement. It's just that we thought it should be signed at the political level,’ Jilani replied when asked whether there were any issues holding up the much-awaited visa pact that is expected to be a major step in boosting travel and people-to-people contacts between India and Pakistan.

Jilani is here as part of the Pakistani delegation which is accompanying President Asif Ali Zardari to Beijing for the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.


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