New Dehli invites FM Qureshi to India

By PPI
Published: January 7, 2011
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Krishna and Qureshi held wide-ranging talks in Islamabad on July 15 last year, but the effort failed to revive dialogue process and ended in bitter mutual recrimination. PHOTO: AFP

Krishna and Qureshi held wide-ranging talks in Islamabad on July 15 last year, but the effort failed to revive dialogue process and ended in bitter mutual recrimination. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DEHLI: External Affairs Minister SM Krishna Friday underlined India’s willingness to take the dialogue process with Pakistan forward, but made it clear that New Delhi expected Islamabad to fulfill its repeated anti-terror assurances.

“India seeks cordial, cooperative and friendly ties with all its neighbours and would remain steadfast in this pursuit,” Krishna said while outlining key priorities of India’s foreign policy in the year ahead.

“With Pakistan, as the prime minister has repeatedly said, we stand ready to resolve all outstanding issues through a peaceful dialogue,” he said.

“We expect Pakistan to fulfill its repeated assurances given to us at the highest level to not allow the territory under its control for fomenting terrorism aimed against us, and to bring perpetrators of Mumbai terrorist attack to justice expeditiously.”

“I have extended an invitation to my counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, to visit India and earnestly hope that we can take the process of dialogue forward,” added Krishna.

Krishna and Qureshi held wide-ranging talks in Islamabad on July 15 last year, but the effort failed to revive dialogue process and ended in bitter mutual recrimination.

Pakistan accused India of making the dialogue “terror-centric” while India contended that Islamabad’s insistence on a deadline for resolving complex issues like Jammu & Kashmir led to failure of foreign-minister level talks.

Krishna indicated that there would be renewed initiative this year to defreeze the dialogue process. “There is no alternative to engaging Pakistan. We will like to engage Pakistan in a dialogue. There is no alternative to dialogue for resolving outstanding issues.”

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Jan 7, 2011 - 9:48PM

    Ah yes! Economics trumps sabre rattling. Let the onions flow!Recommend

  • Arijit+Sharma
    Jan 7, 2011 - 10:40PM

    I have heard that Syed Ali Gilani and other separatists have been really shaken by the assassination of Salman Taseer. They are beginning to see the kind of future an independent Kashmir will have. Recommend

  • kamal
    Jan 7, 2011 - 10:52PM

    and the cotton too…Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:16PM

    India is again requesting Pakistan to play shuttlecock?

    It is of no use. It is in fact a sheer waste of time and money.

    Foreign Minister instead of going to India should spent the same amount of money to provide food to such people who do not have food to eat. Recommend

  • Ashutosh
    Jan 7, 2011 - 11:17PM

    True …. one government fall was attributed to the onion price in India or may be it is Salmaan Taseer still fresh in a Pakistani mind …

    Or may be India is sure that Pakistan will not agree for a photo session …

    Or may be no harm in meeting and disagreeing once more …. that way we can pretend to be serious to (not) resolve our issues …Recommend

  • Jan 8, 2011 - 12:30AM

    Onions have nothing to do with it. Recommend

  • Anoop
    Jan 8, 2011 - 12:37AM

    @Syed,

    True. I hope India and Pakistan open up trade so that millions on either side benefit.Recommend

  • GG
    Jan 8, 2011 - 3:51AM

    @ Syed, inshallah, I hope saner minds will prevailRecommend

  • Rajat
    Jan 8, 2011 - 6:04AM

    Its still New Delhi, not New Dehli…Recommend

  • Venky
    Jan 8, 2011 - 7:47AM

    Do you really think Onions have called for these talks? I have seen Onion prices soar before too without Pakistani onions but came down rapidsy after Govt. acrtion on hoarders?
    Another conspiracy theory? Regards

    ps: I regard your views in Express TribuneRecommend

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