Qureshi, Krishna likely to meet in Thimphu

Published: January 18, 2011
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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart SM Krishna in an earlier meeting. PHOTO: EPA/FILE

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart SM Krishna in an earlier meeting. PHOTO: EPA/FILE

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is likely to meet his counterpart Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna in Thimphu on the sidelines of a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) foreign ministers’ meeting.

According to a report in the Times of India, the meeting could take place on February 8 after a meeting of top officials. The report said that the foreign secretaries of both countries Nirumpama Rao and Salman Bashir are scheduled to meet on February 6-7.

Analysts hope that the meeting will be a positive step in the Pakistan-India dialogue after the talks between the ministers in July that were said to have ended in failure. 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.

The meeting at the Saarc sidelines could set the grounds for Qureshi’s forthcoming visit to India over the next couple of months.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Syed
    Jan 18, 2011 - 6:31PM

    BTW where is Mr Qureshi?? Never hear anything about him or from him on the internal politics! Is he playing safe?Recommend

  • inderjit sahota
    Jan 19, 2011 - 3:26AM

    another photo opRecommend

  • chandran
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:27PM

    what about his degree is it fake or real? hmmmmRecommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui,Australia
    Jan 19, 2011 - 1:36PM

    Syed,

    Qureshi is FM, he has no business in internal issues, I think he is the only Minister who minds his own business, look at Babar Awan and Rana sanaullah!! they just speak in each and every issue without any clue and good for nothing!Recommend

  • Jan 19, 2011 - 3:15PM

    Time to move towards a sustained, consistent and open-minded communication. The bottom line is that there is no alternative to dialogue. And that while the governments sort out their political differences, they should at least not let the people suffer – ease visa restrictions, let people meet, allow trade (yes, even transit trade), remove non-tariff barriers. In short, behave like civilised neighbours in the 21st century. India and Pakistan cannot be adversaries forever.Let us make peace and fight poverty together – for us and our children and our coming generations.Recommend

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