India for Foreign Secretary Level Talks with Pak: Reports

India has proposed foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan that will involve counter-terrorism and some other issues, while Islamabad has welcomed the move, reported PTI citing sources.

Earlier in the day, reports had said that Pakistan had denied accepting any format of engagement other than the composite dialogue, which was installed following 26/11 attacks, said reports.

Pakistan’s The Dawn had quoted foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit as saying that Pakistan would not be interested in ‘talks for the sake of talks’.

“We want result-oriented and sustained dialogue and no format of engagement other than composite dialogue will be acceptable to us,” he was quoted as saying.

He had made the statement in response to statements made by External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and other indications that India may take some steps to normalise bilateral ties, which have been under considerable strain since the Mumbai attacks.

Basit, nevertheless, said that the Pakistan Foreign Office would assess any Indian proposal and see if it could help revive the composite dialogue, whose four rounds since 2004 had led to practical steps by both countries to enhance cooperation on several issues and address outstanding matters, said reports.

Report said citing sources that reports that India wanted ‘measured contacts’ instead of the full-fledged resumption of the composite dialogue were not well received by the Foreign Office.

(Based on internet reports)

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