Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pakistan Foreign Ministers To Meet In New York After Imran Khan Request

Pakistan Foreign Ministers To Meet In New York After Imran Khan Request

ABU DHABI: Prime Minister Imran Khan meets Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE's Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan here on Wednesday after completing his two-day visit to Saudi Arabia.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reciprocate the offer of talks made by his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan, saying "dialogue is the only way out of the stalemate".

Rejecting the SAARC suggestion, Mr Kumar said: "We have agreed to their request for a meeting but do not read too much into it".

In the letter addressing the PM as "Modi Sahab", Imran Khan also suggested a meeting between the foreign ministers and said Pakistan "remains ready" to discuss terrorism.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief thanked Prime Minister Modi for his "warm greetings" and best wishes on his assumption of charge as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. In the letter, Imran Khan has called for a meeting between Foreign Ministers of both the countries-Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in NY, which is to be held later this month, say reports.

Imran Khan's letter is seen as a pitch for resuming the comprehensive dialogue process, also called the Indo-Pak composite dialogue process that had been derailed after multiple terror attacks in India.

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According to reports, this is the first concrete step for resolution of differences between India and Pakistan since 2015, when Swaraj had attended a "Heart of Asia" conference in Islamabad.

Ever since Khan took office in August, there have been several interactions between the Indian and Pakistani prime ministers. Let's talk and resolve all issues.

The Modi government though wants Islamabad to make the atmosphere conducive for any meaningful engagement by acting against terror groups looking to target India from Pakistan soil.

Khan has also sought a meeting between India-Pakistan foreign ministers.

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Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. said that the USA had sent a two-pronged message to Pakistan: a desire to engage constructively and an emphasis on the need for Pakistan to implement its promises to fight all terrorist groups.

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