Modi gets invite for SAARC summit in Pakistan; Sushma and Aziz discuss Pathankot, Masood Ashar

Pakistan Foreign Ministry Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Thursday extended invitation for Prime Minister Modi to attend SAARC Summit, to be hosted by Pakistan later this year.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 18, 2016 1:10 pm
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Pakistan foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz on Thursday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the SAARC Summit in Pakistan later this year.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Aziz on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Pokhara on Thursday.

During the meeting, Aziz handed over an invitation from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to attend the South Association Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit.

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The two discussed a range of issues including the Pathankot terror attack. “We discussed issues pertaining to the Pathankot terror strike, Swaraj said after her talks with Aziz. She said a Pak Joint Investigation Team will reach India on March 27 and begin its probe a day later. However, quoting sources, news agency ANI said members of the team have not yet applied for a visa.

India also sought details of JeM Chief Masood Azhar during the meeting, ANI reported.

“Looking at the way Pathankot issue has been handled & cooperation on this subject, we’re hopeful of good results,” said Aziz.

This was the first formal meeting between the two leaders after the January 2 cross-border terror attack on the Indian Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab that claimed the lives of seven Indian security personnel.

The attack derailed the foreign secretary-level talks between the two south Asian neighbours scheduled for the middle of January after Aziz and Sushma Swaraj in December last year agreed to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.

The two leaders arrived in Pokhara on Wednesday to attend the 37th meeting of the SAARC council of ministers which was held on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, Sushma Swaraj and Aziz met for five minutes over breakfast here. Their first meeting was over dinner on Wednesday night.

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