Pak, India FMs to meet on sidelines of UNGA on Sept 27: Indian MEA

20 Sep, 2018 5:01 pm

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on September 27, said the Indian Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesperson on Thursday.

During the meeting, Pakistan will raise the issues of Kashmir, Kartar Singh border, Kulbhushan Jhadav and Indian support to terrorists.

Earlier this month, Indian PM Narendra Modi, in his a communique to Prime Minister Imran Khan, had stated that he seeks ‘meaningful and constructive’ engagement between the two neighbours.

After winning the general election 2018, earlier in his first speech, Imran Khan had said that he was keen to improve relations with India and wanted work to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue.

Khan’s letter is the first formal proposal of bilateral dialogue since he formed the government in Pakistan last month. It came in response to PM Modi’s own letter on August 20 which conveyed that New Delhi was looking for constructive and meaningful engagement with Islamabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had asked his Indian-counterpart Narendra Modi to resolve all issues of Kashmir, terrorism and including other issues through dialogue.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs confirmed PM Khan’s approach today, with its spokesperson Raveesh Kumar saying: “The letter we have received was a response to that letter which was handed over to us by Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India on Sept 17.

“Another letter was handed over from Pakistani FM to our external affairs minister, basically reiterating the PM of Pakistan’s proposal for a meeting between the external affairs minister and the Pakistani FM. I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between the external affairs minister and the Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of the UNGA at a mutually convenient date and time.”

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