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June 9, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Indo-Pak talks begin

The Indo-Pak talks have begun on an encouraging note with P V Narasimha Rao and Agha Shahi agreeing that the leaders of the two countries should meet frequently to exchange views.

By: Editorial |
June 9, 2021 12:57:54 am
It wasn’t clear if the suggestion implied meetings between Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Zia-ul-Haq. Rao cited the practice followed by Western nations which hold informal discussions to discuss matters of mutual concern.

The Indo-Pak talks have begun on an encouraging note with P V Narasimha Rao and Agha Shahi agreeing that the leaders of the two countries should meet frequently to exchange views. The suggestions for informal discussions at the political level was believed to have been made by the Indian minister of external affairs and was accepted by the Pakistani foreign minister. It wasn’t clear if the suggestion implied meetings between Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and President Zia-ul-Haq. Rao cited the practice followed by Western nations which hold informal discussions to discuss matters of mutual concern.

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