Pakistan, India to meet over 'Composite Dialogue'

"The fifth round of Pakistan-India Composite Dialogue would be launched on 21 July 2008 in New Delhi with the Foreign Secretary-level talks on the segments of 'peace and security including CBMs' and 'Jammu and Kashmir'" a statement said.

Pakistan, India to meet over 'Composite Dialogue'
Pakistan and India will hold on July 21st the next round of high level dialogue to discuss issues ranging from the long-standing Kashmir dispute to trade promotion, officials said.

For the two-day talks which will start on Monday in New Delhi, Pak's foreign secretary Salman Bashir will arrive in the Capital on Sunday for crucial talks with his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon.

Both countries have held four rounds of the 'Composite Dialogue' process started in 2004 and the 5th will be held in New Delhi on Monday, the Foreign Ministry said.

Pakistan and India will explore the prospects of a "just and peaceful" resolution to the Kashmir problem and focus on issues of peace and security when their Foreign Secretaries meet next week in New Delhi, the government here said today.

"The fifth round of Pakistan-India Composite Dialogue would be launched on 21 July 2008 in New Delhi with the Foreign Secretary-level talks on the segments of 'peace and security including CBMs' and 'Jammu and Kashmir'" a statement said.

The Pakistani delegation will be headed by Mr. Salman Bashir, Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, it said.

During the talks, both sides will look into the prospects of a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, the statement said.

The talks will also focus on the issues of peace and security, it said and added that implementation of various conventional, nuclear and cross-LoC confidence building measures will be reviewed and possible new CBMs will be discussed.

The visit will also provide an opportunity for the two foreign secretaries to discuss other areas of bilateral cooperation, the statement said.

The talks will also be held against the backdrop of allegations by Afghanistan that Pakistani intelligence agencies were involved in the recent suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul that killed nearly 60 people.

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