Source: News Bharati English26 Apr 2016 13:41:36
New Delhi, April 26: After Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar’s meeting with his counterpart Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said that the meeting was fruitful as they discussed all outstanding issues including J&K dispute.
"The meeting provided a useful opportunity to exchange views on recent developments in bilateral context. In line with our Prime Minister's vision of peaceful neighbourhood, the Foreign Secretary underscored Pakistan's commitment to have friendly relations with all its neighbours, including India," Basit said in a statement.
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday for bilateral talks with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar on the side lines of senior officials meeting of the 'Heart of Asia' Istanbul process conference.
"All outstanding issues including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute were discussed. The Foreign Secretary emphasized that Kashmir remains the core issue that requires a just solution, in accordance with UNSC resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people," he added.
After India Pakistan meet Abdul Basit said that they discussed the matter of capturing RAW officer Kulbushan Jadev and also expressed serious concern over RAW's involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi.
Foreign Secretary also conveyed concern over efforts by Indian authorities for release of the prime suspects of Samjhauta Express blasts. They also underscored need for early commencement of comprehensive dialogue for which Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit to Pakistan is due.
“The meeting between India and Pakistan Foreign Secretary provided a useful opportunity to exchange views on recent developments in bilateral context”, said Pakistan High Commission.
India- Pakistan talk process was temporarily halted after the Pathankot attack and Pakistan envoy to India, Abdul Basit later said that talks have been suspended between the two countries. The foreign ministers of both the nation had met during SAARC summit in Nepal in November last year.
The Heart of Asia Istanbul Process is a platform to discuss regional issues, including security, economic cooperation and connectivity among Afghanistan, its neighbours and regional countries with a view to promote lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Congress leader Anand Sharma has reacted to today's meeting of Foreign Secretaries of both countries saying that the party is not against talks but there needs to be a coherent policy and direction. Shiv Sena has completely undermined the importance of the meeting saying that the end result is known and the talks are going to be futile.
Foreign Secretary Chaudhary was received by Pakistan's High Commissioner Abdul Basit upon his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here this morning. Before meeting Chaudhary, Jaishankar also met Afghanistan's Deputy Finance Minister Hekmat Karzai.