No dramatic outcome expected in Thimpu
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Jan 28: It will be an attempt to “unlock” the process of normalisation of ties when Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will meet her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Thimphu early next month although no dramatic outcome is expected.
Hoping that the meeting will provide “little more clarity” on how to resolve the outstanding issues between the two countries, officials here said both foreign secretaries will be on “exploratory sort of mission” to plan for the months ahead.
There has been “some communication” in past few weeks as Rao and Bashir have spoken a couple of times on phone, they said.
New Delhi’s orientation to talks is that the “two sides should start with what you can do to begin with” such as judicial committee on prisoners, outstanding consular issues- visit and movement of people, trade-related issues, Sir Creek and counter-terrorism issues, officials said, but did not refer to Jammu and Kashmir, which Pakistan maintains is a “core issue”.
These issues can be and should be addressed between the two sides, they said while noting that India would see the reaction from the Pakistani side and see what they have to say.
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