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US Welcomes Proposed Pak-India FMs’ Meeting

Washington (September 21, 2018): US has welcomed the proposed meeting between foreign ministers of Pakistan and India on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.

While addressing a media briefing in Washington, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that it is “terrific” news for the Pakistanis and Indians to be able to sit down and have a conversation together.

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Citing the letters exchanged between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Nauert expressed the hope that the conditions will be set for a good and strong relationship in future.Earlier on September 20, India responded positively to the letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi from his Pakistani counterpart, Imran Khan for the resumption of dialogues, and announced that Foreign Ministers of two countries will be meeting in New York next week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session.

Spokesman for the Indian External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar confirmed on Thursday saying, ‘I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi will take place on the sidelines of UNGA at a mutually convenient date and time,’ Indian media reported.However, Raveesh asserted that ‘It is a meeting, not the restoration of dialogue,’ India media reported.

He added, “We have just agreed to the meeting, however, the agenda is not yet finalized.”

The development came shortly after Indian media reported that Pakistani PM Imran Khan has written to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the resumption of dialogue between the two countries.According to report, Prime Minister Imran Khan had also sought a meeting between Pak-Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of UNGA in New York later this month.

This will be the first ministerial-level engagement with Pakistan after Imran Khan assumed office as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, and sought a revival of dialogue between the two countries.

According to an Indian Newspaper, PM Imran in his letter called for a meeting between Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York scheduled later this month.

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Further, quoting diplomatic sources the report said that PM Imran wrote, “India and Pakistan should look at resolving all major outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through dialogue.”The report stated that PM Imran’s letter is believed to have been written in response to the Indian premier’s call for a “meaningful and constructive” engagement between the two countries.

Modi had telephoned PM Imran and congratulated him over his victory in the polls in July. During the telephone conversation, Modi expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan and reiterated his vision of peace and development in the region.

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