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Sep 08, 2012 at 12:12pm IST

SM Krishna to meet Hina Rabbani Khar today, terror top agenda

New Delhi: India and Pakistan will set the ball rolling on a new round of dialogue on Saturday when External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar meet in Islamabad.

The two leaders spoke positively about the impending meet.

"We look to the future our two countries are able to live together in the atmosphere of friendliness and all-round cooperation, free from terror and violence," said Krishna.

His Pakistani counterpart said, "What happens in future is important.. not what happened in the past. The intent of this meeting is to normalise relations between the two countries."

Terrorism is on Krishna's agenda. He pushed for an expeditious trial of the 26/11 Mumbai attackers when he met President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday. The Pakistan PM's advisor Rehman Malik, however, curtly said that Pakistan was unable to oblige.

Krishna also couldn't get a commitment from Zardari on Indian prisoner Sarabjeet Singh's mercy petition.

The two sides remain far apart on Sir Creek, Siachen and Kashmir as well.

However, they are looking to improving trade and people-to-people contact.

The pending visa liberalisation agreement is expected to be signed on Saturday. The ministers will announce easing up of travel and trade for Kashmiris.

Krishna and Khar will also explore future areas of co-operation when they chair the joint commission.

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