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Indian, Pakistani diplomats meet in preparation for foreign ministers' talks tomorrow

Preparatory round to focus on confidence building measures

The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan met today ahead of scheduled talks between the two countries' foreign ministers in New Delhi Wednesday, the Associated Press reported.

While little in the way of concrete measures emerged from the discussions -- which participants called preparatory -- both sides indicated that they were satisfied with the progress achieved in diplomatic relations in the wake of a recent terror attack that killed 20 people in Mumbai.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told reporters Tuesday in Islamabad that the talks were the “only way forward to improve ties with India,” AP said.

Pakistan's new foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, said she hoped Wednesday’s meeting with Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna is productive, according to the agency. The two are expected to review progress so far made on issues including security, water sourcing and commerce while also looking for ways to further boost cooperation, AP said.

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