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India non-committal on timeframe for Foreign Secretary-level Indo-Pak meeting

Friday, 11 July 2014 - 8:27pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

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India today remained non- committal on the time-frame for a meeting between its Foreign Secretary and her Pakistani counterpart, a day after Islamabad said they will meet soon.

Recalling Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh's remarks following Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit here in May, the Ministry of External Affairs' Spokesperson said they will talk first and then meet.

Singh had said the Foreign Secretaries will be in touch and that there are different ways to talk. The spokesperson said both have diplomatic mission in each other's country and they are in touch "but if you are asking me if the Foreign Secretaries have talked, then my answer is let them talk first and then they will meet".

A meeting between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries was agreed upon when Sharif had visited India in May to attend the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam had said in her weekly briefing yesterday.

"They (Sharif and Modi) directed the two Foreign Secretaries to meet and look at how the process of dialogue is to be taken forward. That meeting would take place in not very distant future, though I cannot give you the exact date. That meeting would give indication where this process is headed. So we won't like to pass a judgment right now," she had said.

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