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India, Pakistan FS talks today

Islamabad: The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan are meeting here today for crucial talks on the Kashmir issue and confidence-building measures aimed at boosting the peace process between them that was resumed earlier this year.

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad this morning for two-day talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir.

They will discuss peace and security, including nuclear and conventional confidence-building measures, the Kashmir issue and promotion of friendly exchanges.

The meeting between the two top diplomats is part of the dialogue process that was revived following a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani in Thimpu, Bhutan in April last year on the sidelines of a SAARC Summit.

The talks process, referred to as a "full spectrum dialogue", was resumed earlier this year after a gap of over two years in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The Foreign Secretaries will hold two rounds of talks, officials said.

They will discuss peace and security-related issues today while the Kashmir issue and promotion of friendly exchanges will be taken up tomorrow.

The talks on peace and security will be aimed at streamlining existing Kashmir-related confidence-building measures, including the system of border crossing points for Kashmiris and cross-Line of Control trade, a senior Indian official said on condition of anonymity.

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