Srinagar: India on Friday said the composite dialogue with Pakistan will be resumed after the new government there settles down.

"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 said.

"Let them (the new government in Pakistan) 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 added. "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.

The External Affairs Minister said there are some confidence building measures which are to be implemented by both the countries to further improve the atmosphere. "There are confidence building measures like the most favoured nation status (to India) which they had decided earlier, but has not been implemented yet. The new visa regime which we have announced and will enable travel of more people across the border is to be implemented. We can move forward one step at a time," he said.

"Talks with Pakistan had progressed a long way and were successful. The composite dialogue that we had started had made good progress. Unfortunately, some incidents took place which became a setback to our efforts and under compulsion, the process stopped," he added.

The Minister said the government has positively viewed the statements made by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif about relations with India during his election campaign, which he reiterated after assuming office. "Elections have taken place there under a democratic system and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during his election campaign gave statements and hints, and reiterated them after assuming office. We have seen them in positive light and we have responded accordingly," he said.

(Agencies)

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