Indian, Pakistani foreign ministers to meet in July
India's foreign minister is to visit Islamabad in July for talks with his Pakistani counterpart on increasing trust following the 2008 Mumbai attacks, India said Tuesday, DPA reported.
The invitation was made by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a telephone call with India's SM Krishna.
The premiers of India and Pakistan, Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani, have instructed them to restore trust between the two countries, Krishna said.
Gilani and Singh had met on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit in Bhutan's capital Thimphu on April 29.
"The foreign minister of Pakistan has invited me to Islamabad on July 15, so I am planning to visit Islamabad for the talks with Shah Mehmood Qureshi," Krishna said in Delhi.
"Let us hope that these talks will be helpful in bringing our two countries closer together," he said.
Krishna said foreign ministers from both countries had been told to come up with a proposal to increase trust and dialogue.
India had suspended five-year peace talks with Pakistan after the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks that killed 166 people, which Delhi said were carried out by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba group.
Krishna recently said there had been a "transformation" in ties, with assurance from Pakistan's prime minister that India's "core concern" of terrorism would be addressed adequately.