Modi to Visit Pakistan Next Year

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday.

Modi will participate in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, Sushma Swaraj told the media. Sushma Swaraj said she would accompany Modi during his visit.

Sushma Swaraj is in Islamabad to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference on peace and stability in Afghanistan. Sushma Swaraj’s is the first ministerial visit from India to Pakistan since the visit of then external affairs minister SM Krishna in 2012.

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At the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Ufa, Russia, in July, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had invited Modi to attend the SAARC summit next year which the latter had accepted.

After the Ufa meeting, both the prime ministers directed their foreign secretaries to initiate the process of renewing talks, including meetings between the national security advisors of the two countries.