Foreign ministers of India-Pakistan to hold informal interaction in upcoming SAARC summit?

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After the elections in Pakistan, it will be the first time for India to interact with the newly elected government in the SAARC summit. It is reported that in the UNGA meeting that the External Affairs Minister will hold an informal meeting with the SAARC foreign ministers. However, no official reports have surfaced so far to conclusively state that there are going to be any one-on-meeting between Qureshi and Swaraj.

Both the external ministers are slotted to address the gathering on 29th September. Swaraj clearly has stated the nation’s intent over the last few speeches. It was made clear that “… India was standing by its stand that to start any meaningful dialogue process, Pakistan must take concrete action against terror. “India is awaiting action from Pakistan on the recent terror attacks on Pathankot airbase and Army camp in Uri in 2016. Besides, India is also awaiting justice on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. India had asked Pakistan to fast-track the trial in the case that is dragging on for the last ten years.”

After the election process in Pakistan, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi had called Imran Khan and talked about ‘constructive and meaningful engagement’ with Pakistan. In return, Khan has also promised to reciprocate all the work undertaken by the Indian government and to remain ‘two steps’ ahead.

The 73rd session of the UNGA is scheduled to open on September 18. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be on September 25 and will last for nine working days. The issue pertaining to India and Pakistan has always been a discussion fraught with much tension across borders.

“In the wake of recent overtures by both Pakistan and India to lessen the ever-widening gulf between the two neighbours, some future steps are under consideration. I will share details with you, in due course,” spoke a Pakistani spokesperson.

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