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Former foreign ministers of Pakistan and India held an informal meeting to discuss the ways and means for mitigation of trust deficit between the two neighboring nations. Former Foreign Minister and PML-Like Minded’s steering committee chairman Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri hosted the meeting at his residence here Friday. Four former foreign ministers of Pakistan, Gohar Ayub Khan, Sartaj Aziz, Abdul Sattar and Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, and three former Indian ministers - two of whom have served as Indian Ministers of External Affairs, Jaswant Singh, K. Natwar Singh and Mani Shankar Aiyar participated in the meeting. Later, Kasuri along with the participants of the meeting held a media briefing and said that they had an in-depth exchange of views on different dimensions of India-Pakistan relations in order to improve each other's understanding and the obstacles involved. Their participation was in their personal capacities as individuals who have held high office in their respective countries in the hope that their collective experience of India-Pakistan relations, stretching back over several decades and ranging across the full spectrum of India-Pakistan relations, would enable constructive perspectives to be brought to bear on improving these relations, he added. He said united as the participants were in their desire to contribute to the establishment of cordial and constructive cooperation, based on peace, tranquillity, friendship and good neighbourly relations, the participants were equally alive to the gravity and import of issues that need to be addressed, and if possible resolved, in this joint quest for the realization of their common objectives. To this end, he added, they had agreed to meet informally alternately in India and Pakistan once or twice a year to discuss among themselves issue pertaining to India-Pakistan relations with a view to pooling their experience. They further agreed to institutionalizing their informal dialogue with the Institute of Public Policy of the Beaconhouse National University in Lahore and the South Asia Foundation (India Chapter) in New Delhi providing the required secretarial assistance. The next meeting of the informal group will take place in New Delhi in the latter half of this year, said Kasuri.
By: Ary News

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