Sushma Swaraj to Visit Pakistan Next Week


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may visit Pakistan next week, sources said. She is likely to attend a meeting on Afghanistan, which will be held in Islamabad.

The plans for the visit come days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in Paris, where they had gone to attend the global climate change summit.

The details of the conversation were not known, but government officials described it as a “courtesy meeting.” Later, Mr Sharif said, “Talks with PM Narendra Modi were good. Doors of dialogue should open.”

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The last initiative for India Pakistan talks came in July, after PM Modi and Mr Sharif held a formal meeting in Russia’s Ufa.

Soon after, National Security advisor-level talks were scheduled. But the initiative fell through when the talks were cancelled at the last minute over a meeting of the Pakistani envoy to India with Kashmiri separatists.

In September, both prime ministers attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York and even stayed at the same hotel, but there was no formal meeting.