Sushma Swaraj, Sartaj Aziz to meet in Nepal

Pak to invite Modi for SAARC summit; foreign secretaries may hold talks.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2016 1:10 pm
Pak to invite Modi for SAARC summit; foreign secretaries may hold talks. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

A DAY before External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj heads to Nepal for the SAARC foreign ministers’ meeting, Pakistan is learnt to have approached India through diplomatic channels to schedule a meeting between her and Pakistan PM’s adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz.

The meeting between Swaraj and Aziz has been proposed for March 17, according to highly-placed sources, and though there has not been any confirmation from the Indian side, it is expected to take place during their stay in Pokhara (Nepal).

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Sources said Aziz has taken the initiative, as he will be handing over the invitation from Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to PM Narendra Modi for the SAARC summit, which is expected to be held in November this year. Aziz will be meeting foreign ministers of all SAARC countries on the sidelines to extend formal invitations to their respective Heads of Government for the 19th SAARC Summit that will be hosted by Pakistan.

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This will be their first meeting after December 9, when the two countries had announced resumption of Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue in Islamabad.

On the sidelines, a meeting between foreign secretaries S Jaishankar and Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry is also being explored, Pakistan government sources indicated. However, the Indian side had not confirmed a meeting till Monday night.

The dialogue process has been adversely impacted after the Pathankot terror attack on January 2 this year, shortly after Modi made a surprise visit to Lahore on December 25.

While the official reason being given for the meeting is to extend the invitation for the SAARC summit, sources said this would provide an opportunity for the two sides to exchange notes on the road ahead.

A visit by the Special Investigation Team from Pakistan is widely expected to take place after the modalities of their travel and agenda is finalised.

The National Security Advisors have been in touch with each other and New Delhi wants to see a “credible” action to be taken by Pakistan, before the two sides can take a step forward.

About the Sushma-Aziz meeting, the Pakistan Foreign ministry Monday said that Aziz “will meet Foreign Ministers of SAARC countries on the sidelines of the SAARC Council of Ministers’ meeting on March 17, 2016, in Nepal to extend Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s formal invitation to their respective Heads of State/Heads of Government for the 19th SAARC Summit, being hosted by Pakistan in Islamabad this year”.

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    mumbai
    Mar 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm
    Modi going to stan? is this not shame for all bhakts?
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      Kautilya
      Mar 14, 2016 at 12:09 pm
      The MEA has not said anything about this meeting. Better wait until GOI confirms.
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        Krishnan Chundharan Krishnan
        Mar 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm
        Meeting between Mr.Sharief and our PM Modiji will be beginning of a briliant era of peace and prosperity of both nations. Forget and forgive for the best is the approach of our Modiji. Hence who comes first is not at all an issue in resolving disputes.
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          madan gupta
          Mar 16, 2016 at 3:01 am
          रात को अकेले में बीएड पर मिलें गें.
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            s s nair
            Mar 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm
            I presume some of our leaders should remain permanently in stan. The relationship between the BJP and stani leaders have more friendly than what Indian people get from its elected representatives. One has to hear the stani cricketer how much India cares for them.
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              Swamy
              Mar 16, 2016 at 9:36 am
              Can we replace our neighbours?Can we move our country to some other place or theirs?If No then we should either learn to live together peacefully and Progress or get destructed squabbling and fighting. No one will be a winner.Politicians instead of using stani issue to get votes should use all opportunity to win Peace.Peace in long run will save us both of us from destruction and getting enslaved from cunning west. Do not forget Jaichand and PrithviRaj episode(India and stan).
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