Singh hopeful about restoring dialogue with Pakistan
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said he hoped talks with Pakistan will resume eventually after the South Asian neighbours' last meeting ended on a bitter note over the 2008 Mumbai attacks, dpa reported.
Top ministers from both countries have met this year to reinstate a peace process stalled by New Delhi after the 2008 attacks on Mumbai by Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant outfit.
The last meeting between foreign ministers SM Krishna and Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad on July 15 ended in mutual recriminations with both sides accusing the other of refusing to talk about the conflicting issues.
"I sincerely hope that we will sooner or later be able to restore the dialogue to give it a proper sense of purpose," Singh told a press conference after talks with visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Asked about his assessment about the July 15 talks, Singh also blamed Qureshi for mishandling the press conference following the discussions.
"I think the way the press conference was handled at the end of the visit by the foreign minister of Pakistan could, I think, have been avoided, because it detracts from a large element of agreements reached between the two foreign ministers," he added.
"I can say we are too close to the events to pass a firm judgement on the outcome of the recent discussions between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan," Singh said, adding there was agreement on a large number of issues having a bearing on bilateral ties.