ISLAMABAD Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday accepted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s suggestion for a meeting between the two foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York scheduled later this month.
Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in New York at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the last week of September.
Indian spokesperson further added that New Delhi has accepted the PM Imran Khan’s suggestion and the meeting will take place on Pakistan s request.
PM Imran writes letter to Modi
Earlier today, news emerged that PM Imran Khan has written a letter to PM Modi, seeking to re-start the talks on key issues including Kashmir.
In the letter dated September 14, Khan also proposed a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this month.
“Building on the mutual desire for peace between our two countries, I wish to propose a meeting between Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, before the informal meeting of the SAARC foreign ministers at the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York,” Khan wrote.
In the letter to Khan, Modi conveyed India s commitment to pursue “meaningful” and “constructive” engagement with Pakistan and emphasising the need to work for a terror-free South Asia.