Kashmir, Siachen Discussed: Qureshi29 April 2010
Thimphu: Pakistan Foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Thursday said Kashmir and Siachen were discussed during the meeting between premiers of two countries here. He described the meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Indian premier Manmohan Singh as highly positive. “All the outstanding issues including Kashmir and Siachin were discussed in the meeting,” he said. Qureshi said Pakistan premier invited Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan, which the latter accepted. “Gilani assured his Indian counterpart that Pakistan will bring to justice the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks. The extradition of Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor who was allegedly involved in Mumbai attacks, did not come under discussion at the meeting,” he said. He informed that interior ministers of SAARC countries would have a meeting in Pakistan on 26th June, which he hoped would be also be attended by Indian home minister. Qureshi said the two sides have admitted presence of a trust deficit between the two countries. “The foreign ministers and foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India have been tasked with bridging the trust gap …. it is foreign ministers’ job to eliminate the trust deficit.” He said all the outstanding issues will be resolved at the dialogue table. Qureshi said the meeting has 'changed the climate' between the two countries. To a question why the two sides did not hold a joint press conference, Qureshi said, 'I don't think either side was expecting such a positive turn today. But I can assure you very soon I can provide a joint interaction.' 'It was a very positive meeting. A step in the right direction,' he said adding two prime ministers had acknowledged the 'trust deficit' between the two countries.