The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad on August 25 to discuss the way forward in bilateral ties.
A simultaneous announcement about the meeting was made in New Delhi and Islamabad on Wednesday, after foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and her Pakistani counterpart, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, spoke over the telephone. An understanding that the foreign secretaries will be in touch to see how to move forward on bilateral relations had been reached during Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to India in May for the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two leaders had a “constructive” 45-minute meeting a day after the ceremony. An official of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday said, “Based on the telephonic conversation, they agreed that they will meet in Islamabad on August 25.”
The official said since there have been incidents of firing along the Line of Control, Sujata Singh used the opportunity to raise the issue.
Singh said “incidents of this nature will impede the positive work” that the political leaders of both the countries wish to undertake, according to the MEA official. “She also reiterated that meaningful cooperation between the two countries cannot take place alongside violence and the sound of bullets on the border. To us and Pakistan, the maintenance of peace and tranquillity on the Line of Control of the utmost importance,” he said.