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Terror delinked from talks with Pakistan

Last updated on: July 16, 2009 16:59 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday issued a joint statement after the completion of their dialogue, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned summit, at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

Gilani described the talks, the second top-level meeting between India and Pakistan since the terror attack on Mumbai in November last year, as 'free and frank'.

Both Gilani and Dr Singh felt that composite dialogue was the way forward for the two countries, said the Pakistan PM.

'Terrorism is a threat to both countries. Action on terror will not be linked to the composite dialogue,' said the joint statement.

The statement made no mention of the contentious issue of Kashmir.

During the meeting, Dr Singh asked his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to ensure that perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attacks are brought to justice.

Gilani assured Dr Singh that Pakistan would do everything in its power to punish the perpetrators of 26/11.

India and Pakistan have also agreed to share real-time, credible and actionable information on any future terror threats.

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