New Delhi: In a bid to develop bilateral ties with Pakistan, the Indian Foreign Secretary will again meet his Pakistani counterpart in Islamabad, a joint statement issued on day two of foreign secretary level talks said here on Thursday.

“Foreign Secretaries of both the sides will meet again in Islamabad in September this year,” the statement said.

After the successful completion of the Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan, the two sides decided to take forward dialogue process.

“The talks were held in a frank and constructive atmosphere. Both sides reiterated their desire to carry forward the dialogue process in a purposeful and result- oriented manner," it said.

The two countries also pitched for a constructive dialogue to promote greater trust and mutual understanding.

On the ongoing implementation of the already adopted Nuclear and Conventional CBMs, both the sides decided that separate meetings of the Expert Level Groups on Nuclear and Conventional CBMs will be held.

These meetings will discuss the implementation and strengthening of the existing CBMs and suggest additional mutually acceptable steps that could build greater trust and confidence between the two countries, thereby contributing to peace and security.

"The Foreign Secretaries had a comprehensive exchange of views on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and agreed to continue discussions in a purposeful and forward looking manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences," the statement said.

Also, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will visit Pakistan in September, the official announcement said on Thursday.


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