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Natwar,Kasuri to meet in Delhi
K J M Varma in Islamabad |
July 13, 2004 19:14 IST
Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan will meet in New Delhi on August 25 to review the progress in the composite dialogue process to resolve differences over Jammu and Kashmir and other identified contentious issues.
External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri would hold talks a day after their Foreign Secretaries meet to prepare a broad agenda of issues to be taken up by the two leaders, Pakistan Foreign Office announced here today.
Both ministers are also expected to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the two-day SAARC ministerial meeting here from July 20. They had met for the first time in the Chinese city of Qingdao in June and later in Jakarta earlier this month.
The Pakistan Foreign Office announcement also lists a detailed schedule for official-level talks on the remaining issues including Wullar Barrage, Promotion of Friendly Exchanges, Siachen, Sir Creek, Terrorism and Drug Trafficking and Economic and Commercial Cooperation. Talks on the three of the issues will be held in Islamabad and the rest in New Delhi.
Talks will be held in Islamabad on the construction of Wullar Barrage and Tulbul Navigation Project on July 28-29, followed by parleys on Terrorism and Drug Trafficking on August 10-11 and Economic and Commercial Partnership on August 11-12.
The talks scheduled to be held in New Delhi included discussions on Promotion of Friendly Exchanges on August 3-4, Siachen on August 5-6 and Sir Creek on August 6-7.The six issues were part of the eight-point agenda finalised by the two countries to form part of the composite dialogue process.
The Foreign Secretaries of the two countries kicked off the dialogue process on June 27 with talks on Peace and Security, Jammu and Kashmir and Confidence Building Measures.
The two Foreign Ministers, after their meeting on August 25, are expected to report a future course of action on each of the issues to their respective governments, officials here said.