Gilani appreciates progress in FS talks

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday appreciated the progress made by Pakistan and India during talks between their Foreign Secretaries on the margins of a SAARC meet in Thimphu.

Gilani expressed the appreciation after he was presented a report by Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir regarding his talks with his Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao at the Bhutanese capital.

The talks between the Foreign Secretaries were "a continuation of his meeting with the Indian Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) at Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt" in 2009, Gilani said.

He said the Foreign Secretary-level talks were fully in conformity with the spirit of his parleys held with Singh.

Gilani also expressed his best wishes for Singh.

The Foreign Secretaries held talks on the sidelines of the SAARC meet last week to find ways to take forward the peace process between the two countries, which has been stalled since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.