Indo-Pak foreign secretaries to resume dialogue on Sept 26

      Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet on September 26 followed by foreign ministers' level talks on September 27 in New York, resuming the dialogue process on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir on Monday confirmed that a meeting with his Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao would be held on September 26 in New York. Bashir, who will leave for New York on September 24, said the meeting between the two foreign secretaries would be in accordance with the decisions and joint statement issued following the meeting of two prime ministers at Sharm el Shaikh. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan will then meet on September 27 to discuss the agenda being prepared by the two foreign secretaries, said Bashir. "The meetings between foreign secretaries and foreign ministers of Pakistan and India in New York are the follow up of the summit meeting held in Sharm el Sheikh," The News quoted Bashir, as saying. He hoped that these meeting would pave the way to formal launch the already stalled peace process between the two countries. Referring to the agenda of the meetings of the foreign ministers, Bashir said, "All the issues between the two countries including terrorism and the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir will be discussed in these meetings."

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