Secretary Level Talks to Focus on Terrorism, Hurting Issues: Reports

Telling Pakistan about framework of proposed secretary level talks, India has said that the focus would be on terrorism and other issues ‘hurting’ bilateral ties and has not given any indication of the full-fledged resumption of the stalled composite dialogue, said reports.

During her call to Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir a week ago to propose foreign secretary-level talks, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao made it clear that the parleys would focus on terrorism and other issues that are ‘hurting relations between the two countries’, said reports quoting official sources.

Reports said that Rao even talked about India’s willingness to deliberate on differences between the two countries over sharing of river waters.

It may be mentioned that Pakistan has accused India of choking the flow of rivers, a charge New Delhi has denied, and the issue has emerged as a major irritant between the two sides.

However, reports said that Rao gave no hint of the full-fledged resumption of the composite dialogue, which New Delhi has put on hold since 26/11.

(Based on internet reports)

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