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India, Pakistan to hold talks June 24

New Delhi, June 18 (Calcutta Tube) Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in Islamabad June 24 to reduce the trust deficit between India and Pakistan, the first such meeting after the thaw in Thimphu nearly seven weeks ago.

The meeting will set the stage for the talks between foreign ministers of the two countries in Islamabad July 15.

Rao will also call on Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the external affairs ministry said here Friday while announcing the foreign secretary-level talks.

During their meeting in Thimphu April 29, the prime ministers of India and Pakistan had directed their foreign ministers and foreign secretaries to meet and work out the modalities of restoring mutual trust between the two countries.

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