Australian FM meets Sartaj Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Australia wants Pakistan and India to resolve the longstanding Kashmir dispute with bilateral talks, visiting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday.

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Bishop was speaking in a joint press talk with Prime Minister’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad.

The Australian minister arrived Islamabad today on her first visit to Pakistan.

Bishop held formal talks with Sartaj Aziz and will also meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif.

Australian foreign minister will discuss counter terrorism cooperation and bilateral matters in meeting with Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan.

Bishop will also visit Lahore and will meet Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and will discuss various Australia funded projects in the province.

She is expected to meet influential Pakistani women from various walks of life during her two-day visit of the country.

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Australian FM meets Sartaj Aziz

by Shakoor Nizamani