India, Pakistan discuss terrorism

Aug. 1, 2006 at 1:32 PM
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DHAKA, Bangladesh, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- India discussed terrorism concerns with Pakistan in Bangladesh, in the first high-level meeting between the countries since the July 11 Bombay bombings.

Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran told Pakistani Foreign Secretary Riyaz Mohd Khan at the meeting Monday that they must not allow the incident to stall the peace process between the two nations, the Press Trust of India reported Tuesday.

"We expressed our concerns with respect to the issue of terrorism," Saran said after the meeting.

"We hope these concerns will be properly addressed. "

Saran said Khan had told him Pakistan was "doing all that it can with regard to control of these elements" and promised help if there was evidence that someone in Pakistan played a part in the bombings.

The two leaders did not set an official date for the resumption of peace talks, which were stalled by the terrorist attacks on India's train system.

However, he said both countries agreed that the peace process was vital, and "we agreed to remain in touch in future."

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