Pak Defence Secretary, Lt Gen (Retd) Syed Athar Ali, flanked by Pak High Commissioner, Shahid Malik, calling on Defence Minister AK Antony. Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar is at the right.
Joint Statement Defence Secretary Level Talks between India and Pakistan on Siachen
New Delhi: Jyaistha 10, 1933
Wednesday, May 31, 2011
The Defence Secretary level talks between India and Pakistan on Siachen were held on May 30-31, 2011 in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Pradeep Kumar, Defence Secretary, and the Pakistan delegation was led by Lt. Gen (Retired) Syed Athar Ali, 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.