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Dialogue with Pak after new govt settles down, says Salman Khurshid

India on Friday said the composite dialogue with Pakistan will be resumed after the new government in the neighbouring country settles down, and pending confidence building measures between the two countries are implemented ‘It is not good that we say everything right at the outset. The atmosphere is good at the moment. Let it improve further to be conducive for talks,’ External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told reporters.

‘Let them (the new government in Pak) settle down and understand their job, then we can resume it. However, there are some issues on which both the government and people expect some progress, and we will get some satisfaction from it. Then things can move on smoothly from there,’ he said.

The focus of the government, at present, is to resume sectoral dialogue, whereby progress can be made on certain issues, Khurshid said. ‘Our formulation at the moment is to start a sectoral dialogue. The issues on which we can make forward movement, we will do that. There are some issues on which expecting some quick progress is not possible,’ he said. Khurshid said there are some confidence building measures which are to be implemented by both the countries to further improve the atmosphere.


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