SMK meets Qureshi in Italy

 In the second high-level meeting, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna met his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the G-8 Foreign Ministers meeting here and reviewed the current status of Indo-Pak relations.

“These (relations) have remained under considerable stress and the primary cause of this is the terrorist attacks on India, by elements based in Pakistan,” Krishna told reporters after the meeting.

He said Qureshi and he agreed, however, that there was vast potential that existed in India-Pakistan relations.

“I conveyed the sentiments of our Prime Minister that we stand ready to meet Pakistan more than half way to utilise and harness that potential for our mutual benefit. At the same time, we have to address centrally why our relations come under stress recurrently,” Krishna said.

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