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Published:
2018-09-20 08:22:37 BdST

Imran writes to Modi, calls for resumption of dialogue


Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, and sought a resumption of dialogue between the two countries.

According to the Times of India, PM Imran in his letter called for a meeting between Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York scheduled later this month.

Further, quoting diplomatic sources the report said that PM Imran wrote, "India and Pakistan should look at resolving all major outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through dialogue."  

The report stated that PM Imran's letter is believed to have been written in response to the Indian premier’s call for a “meaningful and constructive” engagement between the two countries.

Modi had telephoned PM Imran and congratulated him over his victory in the polls in July. During the telephone conversation, Modi expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan and reiterated his vision of peace and development in the region.

PM Imran, in his first speech after winning the general election, had said that he was keen to improve relations with India and wanted work to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue.

India and Pakistan have not been engaged in any substantial dialogue since 2015 when Swaraj traveled to Islamabad for Heart of Asia conference. 

 

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