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Indian PM accepts Pakistan's offer for talks over border dispute
Publication Date : 18-01-2013
Talks between India and Pakistan have not been frozen, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said yesterday while stating that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will take the call on Islamabad‚Äôs offer of foreign minister-level talks.
‚ÄúThe differences have to be resolved and for that we need to proceed with wisdom, keeping in mind the interest and sentiments of the nation. We will await the Prime Minister‚Äôs direction in this regard,‚ÄĚ Khurshid said in a television interview.
‚ÄúHaving said that, it is certainly something that we noted and something that we would look very carefully and let us see what is acceptable. Talks have not frozen between India and Pakistan,‚ÄĚ he said.
Pakistan‚Äôs foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar had late last night made the offer for talks with Khurshid, saying that continued tension along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir was not in the interest of South Asian peace. Khurshid also said any problem between the two countries had to be solved by them only.
Khurshid and Defence Minister A K Antony briefed the Union Cabinet of the situation along the Line of Control in the wake of two Indian soldiers being killed by Pakistani soldiers. They told the Cabinet that the situation is peaceful since the top military commanders of the two countries after a brief meeting agreed to de-escalate the tension triggered by the brutal killing last week.