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I didn’t go to Pakistan for sight-seeing: Krishna
NEW DELHI, JUL 19 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 19 Jul. 2010 10:25 PM IST
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Responding to a Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi's broadside after talks with him on Friday, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said he had not visited Islamabad for sight seeing.
Krishna's response was in reply to a question by a TV channel about what he had to say about Qureshi's statement that he will not come to India for leisure trip.
Krishna has invited the Pak FM for further talks here. Krishna responded by saying even he did not go for sight seeing to Pak and was serious about the talks.
"India has always approaches bilateral talks with utmost seriousness," he said in his first reaction to Qureshi's rant that almost sunk the peace process.
On the latter's charge that India was not prepared for talks, Krishna said one can't exhaust all issues in only one meeting.
"Talks have to gradually move from one issue to the other," he said.
Meanwhile, sources at the Centre revealed that the reason that India has not responded again to Qureshi's jibes is that "we do not want to have a slanging match with them."
Qureshi had said after the talks that India was not ready to discuss all issues and that Foreign Minister SM Krishna was constantly on phone during the talks, receiving "instructions from Delhi." Krishna had rejected the charges on reaching India.
Also, sources in the Ministry of External Affairs say Krishna and Qureshi are unlikely to meet in Kabul on sidelines of the International Conference on Afghanistan. Krishna's invitation to Qureshi for talks in India, meanwhile, still stands.
This was also confirmed by Krishna later.
Sources added that the future or roadmap of the talks will be decided "as we go along." On the other hand, Krishna and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have a bilateral meeting in Kabul on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, according to sources, Qureshi has not called Krishna and apologised for his remarks following their talks on Thursday in Islamabad.
No slanging match with Pak: India
Sources at the Centre have revealed that the reason that India has not responded again to Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi’s broadside is that “we do not want to have a slanging match with them.”
Qureshi had said after the talks that India was not ready to discuss all issues and that Foreign Minister SM Krishna was constantly on phone during the talks, receiving “instructions from Delhi.” Krishna had rejected the charges on reaching India.
Also, sources in the Ministry of External Affairs say Krishna and Qureshi are unlikely to meet in Kabul on sidelines of the International Conference on Afghanistan.
Krishna’s invitation to Qureshi for talks in India, meanwhile, still stands.
Sources added that the future or roadmap of the talks will be decided “as we go along.”
On the other hand, Krishna and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have a bilateral meeting in Kabul on Tuesday, reported ZeeNews.
Meanwhile, according to sources, Qureshi has not called Krishna and apologised for his remarks following their talks on Thursday in Islamabad.
Both Krishna and Clinton would be in Kabul to attend the conference on July 20, a bid by Afghan government officials to urge a start to the spending of billions of dollars of pledged development funds.
As per information available, there were indications that the US was exploring the possibility of a separate bilateral meeting between Krishna and Clinton in Afghanistan.
Krishna, who is leaving for Kabul tomorrow, will have a meeting with President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai after his arrival followed by a dinner.

 
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