The talks between the Prime Ministers of India [ Images ] and Pakistan has imparted a "seriousness of purpose" to bilateral engagement with both sides agreeing to finalise a calender of meetings to discuss all outstanding issues in a result-oriented manner, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Friday.
"Pakistan had positively evaluated the talks and welcomed India's readiness for a broad ranging engagement," Khar said in a statement issued here by the Foreign Office, a day after Manmohan Singh [ Images ] met his Pakistani counterpart Yosuf Raza Gilani on the margins of the SAARC summit in Maldives [ Images ].
She said the bilateral summit in Maldives had "contributed to impel a seriousness of purpose to the process of engagement, with both sides reaffirming their commitment to the pursuit of peace and discussing all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ], in a result-oriented manner".
India and Pakistan had agreed during the talks to finalise a calendar of meetings, Khar said.
They further agreed to convene meetings of technical working groups prior to the holding of a meeting of the Pakistan-India Joint Commission, she added.
Khar remarked that Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [ Images ] and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh "had noted that terrorism was a common problem".
She said: "Instead of remaining mired in accusations and counter-accusations, the real way forward was cooperation."
The Interior and Home Secretaries of the two countries had been mandated to discuss counter-terrorism and counter-narcotics, she said.