Joint Statement on India Pakistan Foreign Secretaries level talks

Indian Foreign Secretary, Ranjan Mathai, and his Pakistani counterpart, Jalil Abbas Jilani in New Delhi on 4JUL12

During the second-round of the resumed dialogue process, the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan met in New Delhi on July 4-5, 2012 for bilateral talks on Peace and Security including CBMs, Jammu & Kashmir and Promotion of Friendly Exchanges.

Their meeting had been scheduled to end in June but had to be postponed due to the uncertainty that followed the dismissal of Yousuf Raza Gilani as Prime Minister of Pakistan by the Supreme Court.

The Foreign Secretaries reviewed the ongoing implementation of the already adopted Nuclear and Conventional CBMs. It was decided that separate meetings of the Expert Level Groups on Nuclear and Conventional CBMs will be held to discuss implementation and strengthening of the existing CBMs and suggest additional mutually acceptable steps that could build greater trust and confidence

They decided to convene a meeting of the Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs on July 19, 2012 in Islamabad to recommend steps for strengthening and streamlining and effectively implementing the existing trade and travel arrangements and propose modalities for introducing additional cross LoC CBMs. 

The Foreign Secretaries will meet again in Islamabad before the meeting of the External Affairs/ Foreign Ministers in September 2012. 

Background

Just prior to the talks, new tensions recently emerged after the June 21 arrest of a suspect who was allegedly key in organizing the Mumbai attacks.

The Indian Home Minister, P. Chidambaram said last week that the questioning of  suspect, Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, an Indian member of the Islamist group based in Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), confirmed the charges of India on Pakistan’s involvement.

Ansari, also known as Abu Hamza, admitted having helped coordinate the attacks from a control station located in Karachi (southern Pakistan). For India, his confession confirms the involvement of “state elements” from Pakistan.

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