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Krishna, Khar meeting concludes

September 08, 2012

Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna and Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar at a dinner hosted by Senator Jehangir Badar – Online Photo/ File

ISLAMABAD: External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan for the annual ministerial review meeting of the peace dialogue and co-chairing the revived Joint Commission, began crucial talks with his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday to review the second round of resumed dialogue.

The one-to-one meeting of Krishna with his counterpart Khar was followed by delegation-level talks between the two sides.

Foreign Secretaries of the two countries Jalil Abbas Jilani and Ranjan Mathai were also present at the meeting.

Indian External Affairs Minister Krishna is visiting Pakistan  for the second time in the last two years.

Structured talks between the two foreign ministers and the plenary session of Joint Commission were planned for today. Mr Krishna, who arrived just before noon on Friday, met President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and leaders of major parties represented in the parliament.

Mr Krishna’s meetings in Islamabad would more importantly decide whether or not Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would visit Pakistan later this year on the invitation of President Zardari.

The two foreign secretaries, meanwhile, met on Friday to finalise the agenda for the ministerial review meeting.