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Indo-Pak FS talks end positively, Rabbani to visit India next month

June 24, 2011 - Islamabad

Talks between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan concluded here on Friday.

Indian and Pakistani government sources said that the spokepersons of the two sides would read out a joint statement at the Pakistan Foreign Office.

The two foreign secretaries - Nirupama Rao and Salman Bashir - would address a joint press conference, and this would be followed by a question and answer session at the same venue.

Sources told media persons that the two-day talks had been conducted in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, and the outcome was described them as positive.

They added that both sides were looking at new initiatives and seeking to channelise them in the right direction for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

They said that some of the measures that came under discussion included ways to enhance cross-border trade and business and to liberalise the visa regime to facilitate the movements of traders, businessmen and journalists of the two countries.

It was also confirmed that Pakistan's State Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar would be visiting New Delhi next month for talks with Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna. By Smita Prakash


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