Indo-Pak talks: Swaraj likely to meet Aziz in Islamabad

RSTV Bureau
Bangkok: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart  Nasser Khan at a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. PTI Photo

Bangkok: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan at a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. PTI Photo

A day after the NSAs (National Security Advisors) of India and Pakistan met in Bangkok, it is official that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will head to Pakistan on Tuesday.

Swaraj will be in Islamabad on a two-day visit during which she will hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz and attend a multilateral conference on Afghanistan.

“External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to lead Indian delegation for ‘Heart of Asia’ 5th Ministerial Meeting on Afghanistan on December 9 in Islamabad,” the spokesperson of the External Affairs Ministry, Vikas Swarup tweeted.

During her visit, Swaraj will call on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and meet his Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of the conference.

Swaraj will also be accompanied by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, who was also present in the four-hour-long Bangkok meeting between NSA Ajit Doval and his Pakistani counterpart Naseer Janjua.

On Sunday, both countries renewed their dialogue process and discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and a range of key bilateral issues apart from agreeing to carry forward the “constructive” engagement.

Bangkok: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart  Nasser Khan during a delegation level meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. PTI Photo (Best quality available)

Bangkok: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with his Pakistani counterpart Nasser Khan during a delegation level meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday. PTI Photo (Best quality available)

The joint statement that was released after the crucial meeting said that the meeting between NSAs was held after PM Modi met PM Sharif met on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris.

The NSA-level talks in Bangkok are a big breakthrough in the recently deteriorating Indo-Pak relations. The two countries cancelled NSA-levels talks in India in August 2015, over a dispute on the agenda of the meet. India insisted that it will only talk on terror and Pakistan wanted to discuss the Kashmir issue with India, keeping the Kashmiri Separatists as a third party to the talks. This, under no circumstance was acceptable to India, back in August 2015.

Almost, four months after the talks were cancelled, both India and Pakistan met again briefly in Paris, and then in Bangkok taking forward the stalled dialogue process.

(With inputs from PTI)