The dates for the talks between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, to be held in New Delhi in July, were being worked out through diplomatic channels, government sources said.
The sources were responding to an Indian media report which said that Pakistan has proposed two sets of dates — July 11 and 12 or July 25 and 26 — to India for the foreign ministers’ talks.
The talks between external affairs minister S.M. Krishna and Hina Rabbani Khar, the minister of state of foreign affairs of Pakistan, would be preceded by a meeting of the two foreign secretaries.
The two ministers were expected to review the discussions held at official-level meetings on issues such as terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, trade, culture, peace and security, and confidence building measures.
India has indicated that it would not mind setting aside protocol to host Ms Khar, the junior foreign minister of Pakistan. Ms Khar assumed the position on February 1 this year and she has been heading the foreign ministry from February 13 onwards, two days after Shah Mehmood Qureshi was dropped as Pakistan’s foreign minister.
Pakistani media reports have said that Ms Khar could be elevated to Cabinet rank in the coming weeks. Asian Age