NEW DEHLI: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday arrived in New Delhi for talks with her Indian counterpart SM Krishna.
Khar and Krishna will meet in New Delhi to agree on confidence-building measures, such as relaxing trade and travel restrictions across the ceasefire line dividing disputed Kashmir but are unlikely to make any headway on the thorny territorial issue of Kashmir itself, or on fighting militancy.
“We have learned lessons from history but are not burdened by history. We can move forward as good, friendly neighbours who have a stake in each other’s future and who understand the responsibility that both the countries have to the region and within the region,” Khar told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.
Khar’s first major meeting in Delhi was with senior Kashmiri leaders, including Syed Ali Gilani, a sign of how the disputed region occupies the prime position in ties between Pakistan and India.
Speaking to the media before her departure from Lahore airport, Khar said Pakistan looks forward to developing sustainable dialogue with India to sort out issues affecting both countries.
She said both countries have acted responsibly and shown commitment to talks during the past few months.
The foreign minister said Islamabad wants nothing to affect these talks and they should continue at every level.
Khar told reporters that the government has taken all the political leaders including Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazalur Rehman into confidence on talks with India.
She said involvement of Kashmiris is important for a durable solution of Kashmir.
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