Imran writes to Modi, offers talks

Imran writes to Modi, offers talks
Imran Khan (File)
Islamabad/New Delhi, Jun 8 (IANS) | Publish Date: 6/8/2019 11:46:25 AM IST

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday wrote a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi offering dialogue to reconcilable problems.

In a letter to Modi congratulating him on his second term as the Prime Minister, Khan wrote that Pakistan desires the resolution of all problems, including that of the disputed Kashmir region, the Geo TV reported.
He further added that talks between the two nations were the only solution to help both countries’ people overcome poverty and that it was important to work together for regional development.
Pakistan, Khan wrote, wished for peace in the South Asian region and that, alongside stability, were required for the states as well as the region to move forward, the report said.
Modi had assumed prime ministership for the second time on May 30.
On Thursday, the Foreign Ministry had said no meeting between PM Khan and Modi was scheduled on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyz capital Bishkek.
“To the best of my knowledge, no meeting is being arranged between Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the SCO meet,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said.
Talks about dialogue between Pakistan and India started gaining momentum after Khan had earlier congratulated Modi on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections.
Khan had expressed his desire for the two countries to work together for the betterment of their people. In a tweet earlier, he had congratulated Modi, saying he looked forward to working for “peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia”.
Modi had responded in a Twitter post, thanking PM Khan for his “good wishes” and saying he, too, wanted peace in the region.
The messages came just hours after Pakistan said it tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads.
India tested its latest supersonic cruise missile on Wednesday.
Pak’s Foreign Minister writes to Jaishankar
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has sent a congratulatory letter to India’s new External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and expressed his country’s willingness to discuss all important issues between the two nations.
Qureshi wrote three days back to Jaishankar, the former Foreign Secretary who took over as the External Affairs Minister on May 30, sources told IANS.
In the letter, Qureshi congratulated Jaishankar on becoming the Minister and expressed his country’s willingness to discuss all important bilateral issues as part of efforts to establish peace.
Though there was no immediate reaction from India on the letter, New Delhi has maintained that it is ready to discuss all issues with Islamabad provided cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan ends.
Jaishankar, a career diplomat, was included by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Cabinet in his second term and given the significant portfolio of External Affairs.
During his tenure as Foreign Secretary from 2015 to 2017, Jaishankar was the key man behind shaping the foreign policy of Modi’s first term.


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