Indian foreign secretary arrives in Islamabad on 2-day visit


ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar has arrived in Islamabad today (Tuesday) on a two-day official visit to resume talks with Pakistan.

The visit is widely seen as thawing of bilateral ties between the two neighbours after a span of nine months.

According to Foreign Office, besides holding formal talks with Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Indian Foreign Secretary is also expected to meet Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi.

He is also likely to call on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

The visit of Indian external Affairs Secretary is part of his trip to SAARC member countries but all issues between the two countries would be discussed.

Last week, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam had indicated that all outstanding issues including Kashmir will be discussed with the Indian foreign secretary.

On the other hand, India has decided to take up the issue of ongoing ceasefire violations at the Line of Control. Besides, other issues concerning resumption of trade and granting India ‘non-discriminatory market access’ or ‘most favoured nation’ trade status will also be taken up.

On March 4, Jaishankar will head to Afghanistan where he is expected to meet the newly-elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who is expected to visit India this year.



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