Aziz, Khurshid discuss Pak-India ties

NEW DELHI: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on national security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz today had over half an hour-long meeting with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid during which all bilateral issues came up for discussion.

Mr Aziz had come here to attend the 11th ASEM Foreign Ministers meeting which took place in neighbouring Gurgaon.

This was the first high-level interaction between the leaders of the two countries after Mr Sharif and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s meeting in New York..

At the New York meeting it was agreed that peace on the border was a prerequisite for the peace process between the two countries.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid before going into the meeting with Mr Aziz today underlined that recent events were not very encouraging for peace dialogue.

Pakistan meanwhile admitted that it had received all evidence from India on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and would now speed up the investigation into the massacre.

Khurshid told Aziz that India had given all the evidence about the 26/11 Mumbai mayhem and now expected Pakistan to speed up the process of delivery of justice to the culprits.

Pakistan had acknowledged that it had received the evidence and would now proceed with the trial, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said.

Mr Akbaruddin said the two countries had also agreed that their Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) would meet “at an early date” to discuss issues relating to border problems between the two countries.

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