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Sushma Swaraj likely to attend SAARC council of ministers’ meeting in New York

It is expected that Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will also be attending the UNGA and that has opened up the possibility of a bilateral meeting between Indian and Pakistan's foreign ministers.

Sushma Swaraj likely to attend SAARC council of ministers' meeting in New York
Union minister Sushma Swaraj (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey/File)

While a meeting of foreign ministers of SAARC countries is likely to take place on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York, there is no official word on an India-Pakistan bilateral meeting yet.

A meeting between India and Pakistan at the foreign ministers’ level is not being ruled out by the government. Sources said the “schedule” of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is still being worked out. However, sources confirmed that an informal meeting of SAARC foreign ministers will take place in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA session. It is expected to take place around September 26-27.

It is expected that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will also be attending the UNGA and that has opened up the possibility of a bilateral meeting between Indian and Pakistan’s foreign ministers. If a meeting takes place between Qureshi and Swaraj, it will be their first meeting since the Imran Khan-led government came to power in Pakistan in July.

However, government sources made it clear that India’s position remains that “talks and terror cannot go together”. There has been no change in that position, sources said.