Sushma to meet Pakistan’s Foreign Minister in NY

Pakistani rangers stand near the Indian and Pakistani national flags during an annual fair near Pakistan border in Chamliyal

Pakistani rangers stand near the Indian and Pakistani national flags during an annual fair near Pakistan border in Chamliyal

The Congress on Friday sought to take credit for the government's decision to call off the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Kumar further said that this is the real face of Pakistan's newly elected PM and he had revealed it in the first few months in the office.

India on Wednesday snubbed Pakistan for its inaction against cross border terrorism and said there will be no change in Indian position vis-a-vis South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation unless there is "an end" to cross border terror menace.

"In view of the changed situation, there will be no meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan in NY", he added.

The Indian official said about the NY meeting, "We have just agreed to the meeting". There is a history of such provocations, whenever India and Pakistan announce or sit down to talk.

Khan replied that he wished to "propose a meeting between foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and external affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, before the informal meeting of the SAARC foreign ministers at the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York". Swaraj and Qureshi will head the delegations of their respective countries to the UNGA.

India had agreed to talks after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to re-start the bilateral talks on key issues "challenging the relationship". India-Pakistan ties have nose-dived since then in view of a number of terror strikes by Pakistan-based groups.

Senior officials from the nuclear-armed neighbours have had no public contact since early 2016, when nascent peace talks were suspended after militants attacked an Indian army air force base near the Pakistan border in Punjab state. "Some elements don't want resumption of talks between India and Pakistan".

New Delhi on Friday called off a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, just a day after confirming the development. "We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues".

This year, Pakistan had extended the MunaBao (India)-Khokhrapar (Pakistan) rail link agreement with India for another three years - from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2021. "Continued cross-border terrorism from Pakistan remains a core concern for us".

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