New Delhi: Pakistan's first woman Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar who arrived here on Tuesday, met Hurriyat separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani ahead of the talks with her Indian counterpart S M Krishna on Wednesday.

The 34-year old youngest Foreign Minister of Pakistan after her arrival said that she hopes to build bilateral ties with India.

"...hope that these two countries have learnt lessons from history, but are not burdened by history and we can move forward as good, friendly neighbours who have stake in each other's future and both the countries understand their responsibilities to the region and within the region", Khar said.

A host of bilateral issues, including Confidence Building Measures, India's concerns on terror and Jammu and Kashmir will figure in the talks whose agenda was finalised by the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan during their "preparatory" meeting here on Tuesday.

India is also understood to have handed over the revised list of 'most wanted' fugitives to the Pakistani delegation which carries 48 names.

Khar told reporters in Lahore before leaving for India that Pakistan is looking forward to a "pro-active, productive and result-oriented" engagement with India on all issues, including Kashmir on which "we should not be held hostage to history".

She however said both countries have committed themselves to an "uninterrupted and uninterruptible" peace process since they began their re-engagement earlier this year.

Ahead of his meeting with Rao, Bashir said, "I think we have every reason to be satisfied with our joint endeavours for the cause of peace and stability and for the good relations between our two countries".

Bashir said he also looked forward to a "productive meeting between the two ministers.

"We had a very good meeting in Islamabad last month and this in a sense has set the trend for the discussions today," Rao said.

Apart from reviewing the progress made by the two countries on various bilateral issues during the series of meetings, including security, commerce, water and Siachen, Krishna and Khar will also explore areas to expand the cooperation.

The ministers will also explore the possibility to upgrade the engagement in some areas such as commerce and security to the ministerial level, sources said.

In Lahore, Khar said, "We are looking forward to a pro-active, productive and result-oriented engagement in India and the signals we're getting is that we should be expecting the same from them.

"Both the countries are looking forward to, and are committed to, an uninterrupted and uninterruptible process as has been proven in the last few months and (this) relates to peace and development in the region," she said.

The peace process was resumed "within the Thimphu spirit", Khar said, referring to a meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in the Bhutanese capital, where they agreed that the "only way forward is that of engagement".

Pakistan should have "realistic and pragmatic expectations" from the ministerial talks to be held in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The two Foreign Ministers will review the talks held under the peace process this year and set the "forward direction", she said.

Noting that "re-engagement is better than no engagement", Khar said there had been "forward movement" between the two sides in some area over the past few months.

"Can you solve a problem with a friend and good neighbour with whom you have ties or with an enemy? Difficulties have been eased by engagement," she said.

Khar said talks will be held on all issues, including Kashmir.

Indo-Pak Foreign Secretaries hold talks

Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan on Tuesday held consultations to finalise the agenda for the meeting between their foreign ministers on Wednesday during which they will discuss Confidence Building Measures, India's concerns on terror and Jammu and Kashmir.

Terming the meeting with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir as preparatory, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said, "We are meeting here, preparatory to the discussion that will be held on Wednesday between External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar."

Thanking Rao for inviting him and his team members here to carry on the work that they have started, Bashir said, "I think we have every reason to be satisfied with our joint endeavours for the cause of peace and stability and for the good relations between our two countries".

Bashir said he also look forward to a "productive meeting between the two ministers.

"We had a very good meeting in Islamabad last month and this in a sense has set the trend for the discussions on Tuesday," Rao said.

Apart from reviewing the progress made by the two countries on various bilateral issues during the series of meetings, including security, commerce, water and Siachen, Krishna and Khar will also explore areas to expand the cooperation.

India will continue dialogue process: Antony

Meanwhile, Defence Minister A K Antony on Tuesday said that despite problems with its neighbours, India will continue to engage them in dialogue to find a solution in the long run.

“Even though there are problems with some of our neighbours, we will continue our dialogue process. Our hope is that through dialogue, we will be able to find a solution in the long run," he said, when asked if India would like to give any message to Pakistan on the 12th anniversary of Kargil war.

“I don't want to say anything that will vitiate the atmosphere because there are talks at the External Affairs Minister level, “the minister said.

Antony said India has the policy to have friendly relations with all its neighbours.

"We will continue dialogue on the one side and on the other side, we will strengthen our national security apparatus," he said.

(JPN/Agencies)