Pakistan and India Foreign Minister-level talks will be held as per schedule at the end of July, it was announced on Saturday.
“The Pakistan-India Ministerial level meeting will be held at New Delhi at the end of this month but dates are being worked out,” said Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua at her weekly briefing.
She said that there is no delay in the schedule and that Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar will lead Pakistan’s delegation at the talks.
Regarding delay in the finalization of the dates, the spokesperson said there is no delay in the talks but dates are being finalized keeping in view the engagements of Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers.
She said the Foreign Minister level meeting will be preceded by a meeting of the two foreign secretaries in New Delhi. Another meeting of the Working Group on Cross-LOC Confidence Building Measures relating to trade and travel of Kashmiris will be held in New Delhi on July 18, said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson also condemned the Mumbai blasts in the strongest terms.
She said, “Pakistan and the people of Pakistan who have suffered terrorism, understand and share the anguish in India caused by the tragic loss of life and property.”
She said Pakistan and India continued to suffer from the terrorism and both the countries recognized that all such issues of terrorism should be discussed bilaterally.
Pakistan categorically condemns the attacks and emphasizes the need for increased counter-terrorism cooperation.