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The Defence Seceretary level talks between Pakistan and India on Siachen were held on May 30-31, 2011 in New Delhi. The Pakistan delegation was led by Lt. Gen (Retired) Syed Athar Ali, Defence Secretary and the Indian delegation was led by Shri Pradeep Kumar, Defence Secretary. The Defence Secretary of Pakistan also called on Shri AK Antony, Defence Minister of India.

Both sides welcomed the ongoing dialogue process. The discussions were held in a frank and cordial atmosphere, contributing to an enhanced understanding of each other’s position on Siachen. They also acknowledged that the ceasefire was holding since November 2003. Both sides presented their positions and suggestions towards the resolution of Siachen.

The Pakistan side presented a non-paper on Siachen.

Both sides agreed to continue the discussions in a meaningful and result oriented manner. They agreed to meet again at a mutually convenient date in Islamabad.

31 May 2011

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