Talks offer is calculated initiative: India

Government keen to hold talks for 'strategic' reasons

PTI | February 6, 2010



The Indian government, on Friday, said its proposal to have Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan was a calculated initiative to "unlock" the dialogue process and convey directly its immediate concerns about cross-border terrorism.

Government underlines that the offer of dialogue does not mean that it had given up on its expectations about "satisfactory, tangible and concrete action" by Pakistan against terrorism and bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack to justice.

Making it clear that India will approach the talks with an open mind, sources said it was ready for dialogue on a range of issues in a comprehensive manner but not necessarily in the format of the composite dialogue that was halted because of 26/11.

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