Pakistan, India agree diplomats meeting before FMs

Pakistan and India agreed that their top diplomats would hold talks before their FMs meet during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Pakistan said.

Pakistan, India agree diplomats meeting before FMs

Pakistan and India agreed on Friday that their top diplomats would hold talks before their foreign ministers meet on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly in New York this month, Pakistan said.

The two countries have held three bilateral meetings on the sidelines of international gatherings since June but have yet to resume a formal peace process broken off by India following last November's attack on Mumbai.

India's high commissioner, or ambassador, to Pakistan met Pakistani Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir in Islamabad on Friday, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said.

Bashir said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was looking forward to meeting his Indian counterpart.

"It was also decided that the two foreign secretaries should meet prior to the meeting between the two foreign ministers," the Pakistani ministry said in a statement.

Pakistan has acknowledged the Mumbai assault was partly plotted and launched from its soil and has begun the trial of five suspects.

The next hearing in their case is due on Sept. 19. Pakistani authorities recently arrested two more suspects.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met the president and prime minister of Pakistan on the sidelines of international conferences in Russia and Egypt in June and July and the foreign ministers also met once.

Reuters
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