ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and India Friday wrapped up two-day peace talks without any major announcement yet declaring the dialogue a sure step forward and agreeing to meet again in New Delhi ahead of ministerial talks next month. On the second day (Friday), the three rounds of dialogue covered major issues, including peace and security and friendly exchanges between the two countries. But to the dismay of Pakistanis, the two sides just reiterated their stated positions on Kashmir, apparently putting the most crucial issue for another day. Pakistani foreign secretary Salman Bashir and his Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao, the highest-ranking career diplomats in their respective ministries, led their respective teams during two days of peace parlays. Both the high-ranking diplomats dropped their respective plans for separate news conferences and at the eleventh hour agreed for a joint appearance where a carefully worded joint statement was issued. The statement said talks were frank and cordial and that both sides intended to continue dialogue in a constructive and purposeful manner. The issues of peace and security, including Confidence Building Measures (CBMs), including the implementation of the ongoing nuclear and conventional CBMs, were discussed in detail. They also decided to convene separate expert level meetings on nuclear and conventional CBMs to discuss implementation and strengthening of existing arrangements and to consider additional measures. The foreign secretaries noted that both countries recognised that terrorism posed a continuing threat to peace and security and they reiterated their firm and undiluted commitments, which are mutually acceptable, to build trust and confidence and promote peace and security. The dates for the expert level meetings would be determined through diplomatic channels, it was told. The statement said that the foreign secretaries exchanged views on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and agreed to continue discussions in a purposeful and positive manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by narrowing divergences and building convergences of the two countries on the issue. Both sides agreed to convene a meeting of the Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs to recommend measures for strengthening and streamlining the existing trade and travel arrangements across the LoC and propose modalities for introducing additional Cross-LoC CBMs. The Working Group would meet in July 2011. Both sides noted with satisfaction the progress made towards finalisation of the visa agreement which will help liberalise the visa regime and facilitate people-to-people, business-to-business and sports contacts. They also discussed measures for promoting cooperation in various fields including facilitating visits to religious shrines, media exchanges, holding of sports tournaments and cessation of hostile propaganda against each other. The foreign secretaries agreed that people of the two countries are at the heart of the relationship and that humanitarian issues should be accorded priority and treated with sensitivity. The foreign secretaries noted that both the countries recognise that terrorism poses a continuing threat to peace and security and agreed on the need to strengthen cooperation on counter-terrorism, reiterating their firm resolve to fight and eliminate the scourge in all its forms and manifestations. Salman Bashir said that they were satisfied with the quality of talks, which were marked by understanding of each others sensitivities. About Jammu and Kashmir, he said, the two countries had their well-known position but nevertheless they agreed to continue to further discuss the issue with a view to finding a common ground. Bashir said, It did not mean that anybody has changed the position. We have tried to move forward. Answering a question about Mumbai attacks, Salman Bashir said the interior and home secretaries discussed the issue of terrorism comprehensively and there had been two-way communication on issues involved. He said, Pakistan understand concerns in India about Mumbai incident and we believe that the issue of terrorism requires objectivity and collaborative approach. Nirupama Rao said during their discussions they were guided by the vision of the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India to build trust and confidence. She was of the view that there was need to take incremental steps to promote mutual confidence and understanding. She said, We are inspired by the goal of eventual normalisation of relations and resolution of the outstanding issues through peaceful ways and sustained bilateral dialogue The shadow of violence has caused untold sufferings to our people and this should come to an end. The ideology of military conflict should have no place in the paradigm of our relationship in the 21st Century. The relationship should be characterised by vocabulary of peace and all-round cooperation in the interest of our people. Answering a question about specifics of the Kashmir issue discussed in the meeting, the Indian foreign secretary said peace and reconciliation should be step by step. We can discuss resolution of such complex issues in an atmosphere free of violence We must help the people of Jammu and Kashmir to connect with each other; to travel, to trade, she said. Rao said, We must do away with the shadow of gun and extremist violence because it is only in an atmosphere free of terror and violence that we can discuss resolution of such a complex issue. Rao said the Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs would discuss matters like increase in trading points, travel permits, banking facilities, bus transportation links and improving road connectivity. About investigation on Samjotha Express bombing, Nirupama Rao said, India has stated clearly that once investigation is complete we will share the outcome with the Government of Pakistan. Replying to a question to whether India raised the issue of 26/11 probe and trial in Pakistan, Rao said obviously the issue is of critical importance (to India). She said the issue has been discussed at home secretary level meetings and she followed it up. Bashir also said Pakistan understands concerns in India on Mumbai attack issue but added that terrorism in generic sense poses threat to both the countries. It needed to be eliminated in a collaborative approach, he said. India and Pakistan in February resumed a formal peace process, broken off after the November 2008 attack on Mumbai which killed 166 people. After many false starts in peace talks in the past, expectations for the foreign secretaries meeting had been kept deliberately low in both countries. The talks however made better progress than expected, with India and Pakistan issuing a joint statement and the foreign secretaries appearing at a previously unscheduled joint news conference. In their statement, Salman Bashir and his Indian counterpart said that India and Pakistan would work to build confidence over their nuclear and conventional weapons capability. A meeting of experts would be held to consider additional measures ... to build trust and confidence and promote peace and security, the statement said. Separately, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Friday called on Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and conveyed her the greetings from Indian Minister for External Affairs SM Krishna. In a meeting held at Foreign Office, Rao said her government looked forward to the minister of states visit to New Delhi next month. Khar conveyed to the Indian foreign secretary the importance Pakistan attaches to the ongoing dialogue process and to the improvement of Pakistan-India relations. She said she was looking forward very much to her meetings in New Delhi. Meanwhile, Pakistani High Commissioner to India Shahid Malik said on Friday that the foreign minister will be travelling to India next month to take forward the bilateral peace process. What we can deliver at this stage is that our foreign minister will be visiting New Delhi in July, Malik said. Pakistan currently has Hina Rabbani Khar as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. But there are reports that government has decided to elevate her to full-fledged cabinet rank ahead of crucial talks with India next month. Even without elevation, India has already expressed its view that it will not have any hesitation in hosting Hina for the Foreign Minister-level talks in July. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday said the Pakistan-India talks were a step towards resolution of outstanding issues between the two countries. Talking to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and AJK President Raja Zulfqarnain Khan here at the PM House, the PM said that talks were manifestation of the resolve of the government for peaceful co-existence in the region.