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Respect sentiments, sensitivities for meaningful Indo-Pak dialogue: Khurshid

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid, who held a bilateral meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister’s adviser of foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines ASEM ministerial meet, said there have been events in the recent times that are not seen by the government or by anybody in India as encouraging events, in an apparent reference to ceasefire violations along the LoC in which many Indian soldiers have been killed.

‘I think they are counter-productive and I could not imagine if there is a seriousness in desire to reach some kind of situation in which a dialogue meaningfully to take place, whatever be the end result of that dialogue.

‘For a meaningful dialogue to take place (between India and Pakistan), conducive circumstances have to be created and it have to be done by both sides, it can not be only on one side. Some of these events have been somewhat counterproductive, unfortunately,’ Khurshid told reporters.

Asked about Aziz’s meeting with Hurriyat and other separatist leaders immediately after arriving for the 11th ASEM Foreign Ministers meeting, Khurshid today said, ‘I must say it is important that what we say and what we do, we have to carefully watch.
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