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Updated: February 6, 2010 19:50 IST

Talks offer aimed at unlocking dialogue process: India

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Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao called up her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir and invited him to Delhi for talks.
The Hindu Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao called up her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir and invited him to Delhi for talks.

India on Saturday said its proposal to have Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan was a calculated initiative to “unlock” the dialogue process and convey directly its immediate concerns about cross-border terrorism.

The Government underlines that the offer of dialogue does not mean that it had given up on its expectations about “satisfactory, tangible and concrete action” by Pakistan against terrorism and bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack to justice.

Making it clear that India will approach the talks with an open mind, sources said it was ready for dialogue on a range of issues in a comprehensive manner but not necessarily in the format of the composite dialogue that was halted because of 26/11.

Sources told PTI that India has offered the Foreign Secretary-level talks after making a “judgement” about actions taken by Pakistan with regard to Mumbai attacks and undertaking “calculations” of various aspects.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao called up her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir more than a week back and invited him to Delhi for talks.

India, which suspended the composite dialogue after the Mumbai attacks of November 2008, has proposed two sets of dates to Pakistan for the talks this month. Pakistan’s response is awaited.

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