This was conveyed through diplomatic channels as a mark of goodwill that was sought to be generated in Beijing, and set the ball rolling for a reset in ties with China, now culminating in an “informal summit” between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan on April 27-28.
The woman, identified as 32-year-old Kiran Bala from Punjab, had gone missing in Islamabad five days ago but claimed in a letter sent to the Pakistan Foreign Ministry that she had married Mohammad Azam at the Jamia Naeemia seminary in Lahore on April 16.
In the joint statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they focused on how Sweden can help India in its development journey. The two sides agreed an innovation partnership and a Joint Action Plan, he said.
Sources told The Indian Express that Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria was prevented from going to these gurdwaras over the weekend, and Indian diplomats were again prevented on Monday from meeting these pilgrims.
Moreover, on April 14, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan, who was to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib at the invitation of the Chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), was "suddenly asked to return while en route to the shrine, for unspecified ‘security’ reasons", the statement added.
The second big project, the Lusaka City Roads Decongestion Project, will be implemented with support from India. Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has offered New Delhi a chance to take up a major railway project in the country.
While connectivity was the focus of the outcomes between the two sides, agriculture was another new area of cooperation. Oli told Modi that he was keen to explore cooperation in the field of agriculture, especially in technology modernisation and organic farming.
New Delhi has had a difficult relationship with Oli in the last few years, and the blockade episode in 2016 had strained the ties. But with Oli winning the elections again with a strong mandate, the Indian side has moved to stabilise the relationship.
While the Indian side raised the issue with Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry through diplomatic channels — Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria had met top officials in Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry on February 16 — South Block deliberated on the “quality of the response”.
Modi will visit Qingdao in China for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit on June 9-10, Bambawale has confirmed. While it was known that Modi is likely to visit China, this is the first time the dates have been announced officially.