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Indo-Pak talks were 'positive', says Manmohan Singh

Addu City, Thu, 10 Nov 2011 ANI

Addu City (Maldives), Nov.10 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that his talks with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani held on the sidelines of the 17th SAARC Summit here, were progressive and positive, and added that the next time the leaders of the two countries meet, bilateral ties would improve significantly.


During the one-on-one meeting, Singh is said to have told Gilani that it is imperative to bring to justice perpetrators of the November 2008 terror attack on Mumbai.


Singh said both sides were happy with the progress made so far in bilateral relations and noted that the era of accusation and counter accusation should be left behind.


"We are happy with the progress made so far," Singh told reporters in a brief interaction.


Singh said that the next round of talks should be "far more productive and bring the two countries closer to each other than ever before."


Sharing the Indian Prime Minister's sentiments, Gilani said, "We had very good meeting. We are moving in a positive direction ahead."


He also thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for supporting Pakistan in the United Nations Security Council for a non-permanent seat.


After the Singh-Gilani parleys, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters that both Prime Ministers were of the view that the liberalised visa regime which is being negotiated should be put in place at the earliest.


The two Prime Ministers met in a beach cottage at Shangrilla resort on the fringes of Indian Ocean and discussed a whole range of issues.


They are meeting for the second time this year after their discussions on the margins of the Indo-Pak encounter in the Cricket World Cup match in Mohali and third time in 18 months after their talks on the sidelines of the previous SAARC summit in Bhutan last year. (ANI)


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