Conducive environment must for meeting between Nawaz, Manmohan: Salman Khurshid

Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security Sartaj Aziz. PHOTO: RADIO PAKISTAN

THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE, BISHKEK, 13th SEPTEMBER 2013: Conducive environment is a must for a meeting between the premiers of Pakistan and India on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security Sartaj Aziz on Friday.

Express News reported that Aziz and Khurshid had an informal meeting during the 13th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), held in Bishkek.

Both the leaders discussed matters pertinent to ensuring peace between the two neighbours.

Khurshid, while speaking to the media, said the ceasefire on the Line of Control and Mumbai attacks were also discussed with his Pakistani counterpart.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had earlier said he was constrained by the absence of “concrete actions” by Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 2009 Mumbai attacks to book.

“If the terror acts do not stop, if those who voice terrorist thoughts move about freely, if there is no significant progress in bringing the culprits of the Mumbai massacre to book – that I have to factor in before arriving at a final decision,” Singh said in relation to his decision about meeting PM Nawaz.

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