The Foreign Secretary of India, Shri Ranjan Mathai and the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Mr. Jalil Abbas Jilani began their talks this morning at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
As is customary on such occasions, they were assisted by senior officials of both sides, including the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Shri Sharat Sabharwal and Pakistan’s High Commissioner- designate to India, Mr. Salman Bashir.
The Foreign Secretaries along with their respective delegations have had two full sessions of detailed discussions covering all aspects of the agenda under the items Peace and Security as well as Jammu and Kashmir. The talks started at 10.30 am and spread until a short time earlier, with a brief working lunch. The Foreign Secretaries also utilized the opportunity of the working lunch to cover a wide variety of issues.
At the end of the two sessions today the Foreign Secretaries have agreed to resume the talks tomorrow, 5th July, in the morning with a view to completing all the items scheduled for consideration.
The talks tomorrow will be followed by a Joint Media Interaction. Subsequently, the visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary will call upon the External Affairs Minister Shri S.M. Krishna at his office in South Block. At the culmination of the official engagements of the Pakistani Foreign Secretary in India a Joint Statement will be issued.