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NEW YORK - India’s move to resume talks with Pakistan on all outstanding issues was a ‘conscious decision’, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said, adding that it was ‘necessary’ for both sides to also discuss Afghanistan.
“It is a conscious decision that was made,” Krishna, who arrived in New York on a two-day visit, said, reported PTI on Friday. Krishna said: “We will have to sort out all the outstanding issues between our two countries. We are hopeful the talks between the foreign secretaries will go in a direction that is positive and pave the way for a bigger meeting (between the foreign ministers) whenever that will be,” he added. Responding to why India was now agreeing to talks, Krishna said, “Nothing is static in relationships between countries.” The minister, however, stressed that New Delhi still expected Islamabad to act expeditiously on the Mumbai attacks.
“Having taken that position it is necessary for our two countries to engage on various other issues where we will be able to come to reasonable agreements, which will be beneficial to the people for both the countries,” he added. Krishna also said that it was ‘necessary’ for India and Pakistan to discuss Afghanistan.
“I think it was necessary for us to discuss Afghanistan... India has been playing a very positive role in trying to build Afghanistan in terms of our volunteers who have gone there for capacity building and so I think Afghanistan had to be included,” he said. Afghanistan is the new item on the agenda for discussion.
So far, Pakistan has been wary of India’s ties with Kabul. Islamabad continuously questions why New Delhi has so many consulates in Afghanistan. Pakistan also accuses India of using Afghanistan as a base to establish a military presence against it on its eastern border.
A recent report published by New York University claimed that concerns of Kabul and New Delhi becoming too close in the post-2001 period, was one reason why Pakistan was hesitant to act against militants.

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