External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna began crucial talks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday to review the second round of resumed dialogue with issues like terrorism to be on top of the agenda.
The one-to-one meeting between Mr. Krishna and Ms. Khar was followed by delegation-level talks between the two sides.
Indian officials earlier said that terrorism will form the core of New Delhi’s discussions, particularly the slow pace of the Mumbai attack case trial.
Other issues include those concerning prisoners as well as trade and border issues.
The talks will culminate in inking of much-awaited new liberalised visa agreement to boost people-to-people contacts.
For the first time, group tourism will be part of the new pact which will also have other new categories, including multiple city one-year visas for businessmen and visa-on-arrival for people aged 65 years.
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and his Pakistani counterpart Jalil Abbas Jilani were also present.
Both Ministers will also co-chair the Joint Commission Meeting later this evening, which was revived in 2005 after a gap of 16 years. This is Mr. Krishna’s second visit to Pakistan in over two years.
Ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Ms. Khar, Mr. Krishna on Friday called on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and met a series of political leaders from MQM, ANP and PML(Q) parties.