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Indian, Pakistani foreign ministers meet

July 21, 2008 at 8:25 AM
NEW DELHI, July 21 (UPI) -- Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir arrived Monday in New Delhi for the fifth phase of anti-terrorism talks with Indian leaders, officials said.

Bashir and Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon were to discuss the infiltration of terrorists across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir state and to initiate more confidence-building measures such as truck and bus services, The Hindu reported Monday.

At the previous round of talks in Islamabad, Pakistan said it wanted to work more closely with India to curb terrorism and said it was hoping for measurable steps to increase trade and economic cooperation between them.

The newspaper said Monday's meeting is strategically placed to lead into next month's summit of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation in Sri Lanka.

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