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India-Pakistan Talks End in Squabble

Friday, 16 July 2010 02:08 PM

Talks that were supposed to pave the way for India and Pakistan to enter into serious peace talks descended into a diplomatic tit-for-tat, with both sides saying the other wasn't committed to the process.

Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna met in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Thursday, and both called their meeting then productive. But by Friday, Pakistan's foreign minister criticized the behavior of his Indian counterpart Krishna, saying his delegation had not been ready for dialogue.

He also said Mr Krishna had repeatedly interrupted the talks for phone calls from Delhi.

Mr Krishna denied the "extraordinary" claims. It was the foreign ministers' first bilateral meeting since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and it was expected to mend fences and build trust between the two nuclear-armed countries which have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947.

Both Islamabad and New Delhi have been under international pressure, especially from the United States and its allies fighting in Afghanistan, to build a working relationship.

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