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India does not favour foreign ministers' talks in a rush

Last updated on: January 17, 2013 17:00 IST

India does not favour talks between the foreign ministers to ease Indo-Pak tensions along the Line of Control as proposed by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

Clearly, unenthusiastic about Khar's offer for a "discussion and dialogue" with him, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said in New Delhi that direct talks between ministers do not happen in a rush.

In a statement issued in Islamabad on Wednesday night, Khar had said,"It is advisable for the two countries to discuss all concerns related to the LoC with a view to reinforcing respect for the ceasefire, may be at the level of the Foreign Ministers, to sort out things."

On the future course of action by India, Khurshid said, "Let us not rush into the matter and (let us) move step by step."

Meanwhile, Khurshid and Defence Minister A K Antony briefed the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on the situation arising out of the January 8 incident in which two Indian soldiers were killed, one of them beheaded by Pakistani troops.

Khurshid is also understood to have told the meeting that Pakistan has indicated scaling down of its stand by wanting bilateral talks instead of its earlier demand for a United Nationd probe into the incident.


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