Signals from Delhi positive: Qureshi
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Washington, Oct 7: More than a week after talks with his Indian counterpart S M Krishna, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said he got “positive vibes” during the meeting and there was nothing on which he could disagree.
“Being a politician, I can read between the lines and I can tell you I got positive vibes, because my message was positive, my engagement was positive, my intentions are positive,” Qureshi told reporters here in a joint press conference with secretary of state
Hillary Clinton after their meeting.
“I have suggested a way forward, and I saw nothing in him where he could disagree with me,” Qureshi said when asked about his meeting with Krishna in New York on September 27 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.
Accompanied by their respective Foreign Secretaries and other top officials, the Qureshi and Krishna met for more than an hour in a New York hotel on September 27. The two sides had then described the meeting as positive, but did not make any further commitment of additional meetings.
India wants Pakistan to take action against those responsible for the Mumbai attack, before it can commit itself to resumption of composite dialogue as insisted by Pakistan.
After the meeting Krishna said the two sides had agreed on a roadmap and now it was up to Pakistan to take it forward. Krishna held two-hour-long talks with Qureshi in New York, the first highest-level contact between the countries since their Prime Ministers met at the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh in July.
After the meeting, Krishna said he told Qureshi that India was concerned over the terror threat still emanating from the soil of that country. He said Qureshi told him that the trial against the Mumbai attack suspects would start shortly and that justice would be done.
With Clinton standing by his side, Qureshi said today that his meeting with Krishna was “positive” and “constructive.”
“He (Krishna) was in total agreement with my message. Obviously, he’s going to go back and consult with the leadership in Delhi and we’ll take it from there. But I have suggested a way forward,” the Pakistani minister said.
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