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Jan 28, 2013 at 03:58pm IST

Talks have not frozen, India will take step by step approach towards Pakistan: Khurshid

New Delhi: Amidst the ongoing crisis between the Indian and Pakistani troops at the Line of Control, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said that talks had not frozen between the two countries and the Prime Minister would take decisions step by step depending on the developments.

Khurshid said that India was hopeful that Pakistan had understood the "strong message" of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and would respond positively. "An atmosphere is needed for the talks to go on. We are hopeful that Pakistan will understand the message sent by our PM," he said.

"Some signals are positive. What we heard from the military is welcoming. Yesterday's DGMO talks were also better. But we have to assess the overall situation," he added. Terming the situation a "sensitive matter", Khurshid said said India wants to normalise it but to take the peace process ahead, both countries will have to move forward.

About Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar's talk offer, the Union Minister said India has yet to take a decision on it. "The differences have to be resolved and for that we need to proceed with wisdom keeping in mind the interest and sentiment of the nation. We will await the PM's direction in this regard," he said.

On Pakistan Trade Minister's India visit later in January, Khurshid said: "I do not have any information of the meeting been called off as of now, let's take things one by one."

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