The two leaders reportedly met to discuss the issues of mutual interests and to lay down the groundwork for a meeting between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York Sep 29, a newspaper reported.

They also discussed issued related to the Line of Control ceasefire violations and held talks on addressing reservations and security concerns of both countries, the report said.

Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry said in Islamabad on September 5 that Khurshid-Aziz meeting ‘could be a useful opportunity to engage in a constructive dialogue to discuss ways of building mutual trust and improving bilateral relations.’

Besides, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that before arriving at a ‘final decision’ on meeting Sharif in New York, he would have to factor in ‘certain harsh realities’ like India being affected by terror.

"I conveyed to him (Aziz) that a possible meeting between the prime ministers in New York, on the margins of UNGA, will require a conducive atmosphere and delivery for it to materialize," Khurshid said in a statement issued after the meeting.

"This is a position reiterated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh." Khurshid also said that the ground realities in India-Pakistan bilateral relations came up for discussion."I discussed justice for (Nov 26,2008) Mumbai attack victims," the Foreign Minister said. He said Aziz told him that Pakistan has appointed a prosecutor in the case and a Pakistani judicial commission would visit India in connection with the case Sep 23.

"We welcomed that step," Khurshid said."We also discussed the imperative of maintaining ceasefire along the LoC (Line of Control) by making the existing mechanisms more effective," he added.


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