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Updated: January 9, 2011 09:26 IST

India says Foreign Secretaries likely to meet in Thimpu

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Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir during their meeting in New Delhi. File Photo: V. Sudershan
The Hindu Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir during their meeting in New Delhi. File Photo: V. Sudershan

India on Sunday said that Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is likely to meet her Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the SAARC Standing Committee meeting in Bhutan early next month.

This comes ahead of a possible visit by Pakistan Foreign Minister S M Qureshi to India.

The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan are likely to meet in Thimpu on the sidelines of the SAARC Standing Committee meeting on February 6-7, an official spokesperson said.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna had said that foreign secretaries of the two countries will meet to “clear the ground for a very productive meeting” between the two foreign ministers.

Pakistan had on Saturday said that Mr. Qureshi will visit India if the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries evolve a “comprehensive agenda” for resuming the stalled composite dialogue.

Ms. Rao last met Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir in New York on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly session in September.

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