The European Union has "warmly welcomed" the foreign-secretary level talks between India and Pakistan and expressed hope that the step would lead to a serious and responsive dialogue between the two countries. EU's representative Catherine Ashton has "warmly welcomed" Thursday's talks between Indian foreign secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in New Delhi, EuAsiaNews reported. "We hope that it will lead to a serious and responsive dialogue to address issues of concerns between the two countries," she said in a statement. "This constitutes a significant event, which should contribute to an improvement of relations between Pakistan and India," Ashton added. The meeting was the first formal dialogue between the two neighbours since the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008.