Qureshi writes to Jaishankar; offers talks on 'all important matters'

Islamabad, PTI | Updated : 08 June 2019, 12:29 AM
Shah Mehmood Qureshi (File Photo)
Shah Mehmood Qureshi (File Photo)

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a congratulatory letter to his new Indian counterpart S Jaishankar has said that Islamabad wants talks with New Delhi on "all important matters" and remains committed to efforts for establishing peace in the region, according to a media report on Friday.

Qureshi wrote the letter to Jaishankar to congratulate him for taking over as the External Affairs Minister. Former foreign secretary Jaishankar assumed charge as the External Affairs Minister on May 30.

Qureshi told Jaishankar in the letter that "Islamabad wants talks with New Delhi on all important matters and remains committed to efforts for establishing peace in the region," the Express Tribune reported quoting diplomatic sources.

Tensions between the two countries worsened after the Pulwama terror attack and both the countries were almost on the brink of a war after India's military planes struck a terrorist training camp in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 and Pakistan carried out a counter-offensive the next day.

Breaking the ice in bilateral ties, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 26 spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on phone and expressed his desire to work together for peace and prosperity in the region.

Modi on his part called for creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism for fostering peace and prosperity in the region.

India has rejected Pakistan's offer of talks, maintaining that terror and talks cannot go together.

No bilateral meeting has been planned between Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Khan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday in New Delhi.

First Published: Saturday, June 08, 2019 12:29 AM
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