Amid criticism Sushma Swaraj Arrives in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived in Islamabad Tuesday evening to attend the Heart of Asia Conference and hold talks with Pakistan on multiple issues, though heavily criticised in New-Delhi over her visit.
Swaraj is leading an Indian delegation to Islamabad for talks on Afghanistan, India's foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup had said yesterday on Twitter.
But Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said various matters on resumption of composite dialogue between the two countries will be discussed during talks with the Indian minister, adding that she will also hold a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Question rose in India stating that when attempts to engage with Pakistan failed at junior levels of foreign secretary and NSA, what purpose will it serve by elevating the engagement level to the foreign ministers?
Swaraj's visit is the first ministerial-level visit to Pakistan since the then foreign minister, SM Krishna, travelled to Islamabad in 2012, which was before Modi became prime minister.
Since Modi's ascent to power, tensions between the two countries have remained high, with foreign secretary-level talks cancelled last year and security advisers' dialogue abandoned in August this year.
But the relationship appears to have thawed after Modi and Sharif resumed high-level contacts with a brief conversation at a climate change summit in Paris last week and their national security advisers met in Bangkok on Sunday.
Earlier, security adviser level talks between India and Pakistan, scheduled for August 23 and 24, were canceled as both nations reached a deadlock over Pakistan's insistence to hold a meeting with Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders in New Delhi on August 23 despite India’s ‘advice’ to the contrary.
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