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Indian FM Sushma Swaraj meets PM Sharif

The relations between India and Pakistan got a new momentum after PM Modi’s short meeting with Nawaz Sharif during Paris climate summit.

Read here: Modi shakes hands, greets PM Nawaz in Paris

The meeting between Ms Swaraj and PM Sharif continued for an hour, discussing Indo-Pak relations, trade, security challenges and other matters of mutual interest.

Sources informed that the two dignitaries also hashed out on Pakistan-India cricket series. She will now meet Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz at the Foreign Office. Earlier, Ms Swaraj today called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and discussed connectivity, terror threats to the war-torn country and the peace and reconciliation process there.

Modi to visit Pakistan next year

Sushma Swaraj said that Indian Premier Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year.

Sushma Swaraj said that India was interested in conducting trade agreements with Pakistan and Afghanistan. She also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would visit Pakistan next year. Sushma also stated that ending extremism and terrorism from Afghanistan was everyone’s joint responsibility.

To bring about peace and stability in Afghanistan, all must work together, she said.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was received by senior officials of Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry upon her arrival to the country.

Swaraj, speaking to media on the occasion, said that she has come to Pakistan with message of peace and love from India.

The Indian official also said that she will meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sartaj Aziz during her visit in which the strategies to promote bilateral ties between the two South Asian countries will be discussed.

Read more: Pakistan and India on the path of finding peace

Pakistan will be hosting the Fifth Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference in Islamabad on December 9 (tomorrow), which was preceded by Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) today.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a global summit in Paris made a brief interaction, then the national security advisers and foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India held a joint meeting in Bangkok and now Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Islamabad today to attend a regional security moot.

Paris encounter between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference was the prime mover for Bangkok meeting of national security advisers of Pakistan and India on past Sunday that is likely to thaw the frosty relationship between the two neighbours.

The meeting between Nasser Khan Janjua and Ajit Doval had lasted over four hours, said a joint statement simultaneously released by Islamabad and New Delhi. The foreign secretaries of the two countries had also attended the meeting where peace and security, terrorism and Kashmir dispute were discussed.




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