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India to seek satisfactory closure in Mumbai case

New Delhi: India will seek a "satisfactory closure" to the Mumbai terror attacks case when it will hold extensive bilateral talks with Pakistan later this week during which they will also review the nuclear Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, accompanied by a high- level official delegation, will be on a visit to Islamabad from June 23-24 to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir. During the talks, India will raise its concerns over terror directed against it from the Pakistani soil.

"Our concerns have not, in any way, diminished by the resumption of dialogue…through dialogue you keep the chain of communication open…How can our concerns of terrorism not be addressed by us? (and that is why we have to raise them)…terrorism is central to our concerns," government sources said here.

Peace and Security, including CBMs, Jammu & Kashmir, and Promotion of Friendly Exchanges will be the components of the talks, which will also cover continuing threat posed by terrorism, the sources said.

Asserting that the series of meetings between the two sides so far including in the area of security, trade and commerce and, water have given a "better understanding" of each-other`s position on several bilateral issues, they said Rao was going for talks with "open and constructive mind" with "realistic expectations".

These are also in the run-up to the meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries next month, sources said, while maintaining that absence of a cabinet-rank Foreign Minister in Pakistan will not have an impact on the process.

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