Wednesday, 9 December 2015

India, Pakistan ready for talks, says Sushma Swaraj in Islamabad

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today announced in Islamabad that India and Pakistan will resume bilateral talks.

Sushma Swaraj, Sartaj Aziz

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today announced in Islamabad that India and Pakistan will resume bilateral talks. Swaraj will give a report of the talks in the Parliament tomorrow.
"India and Pakistan are ready for talks," Sushma Swaraj said while addressing a joint conference with Pakistan's Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz.
The joint-statement released at the end of their meeting said the discussions will involve peace and security, CBMs, Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen, Economic and Commercial Cooperation, Counter-Terrorism, Narcotics Control, Humanitarian Issues, People to People exchanges and religious tourism..
Swaraj, however, added, "How this dialogue can be taken forward - the schedule and modalities will be decided in due course."
Sushma Swaraj met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani earlier today. She discussed the terror threat in Afghanistan and the status of peace and reconciliation process.
Swaraj also attended a bilateral meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev and discussed issues of mutual interest.
"Conveying India's commitment to good neighborly relations, EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on PM Nawaz Sharif," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swaroop tweeted.
"India and Pakistan announce the commencement of a Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue. Foreign Secretaries to meet later," he added.