Indian government on Thursday (June 20) has positively responded to the offer of Pakistan for resumption of peace talks. As per reports Indian foreign minister and Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi have sent replies to their Pakistani counterparts Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Imran Khan respectively. Indian government said that it is ready to play role in maintaining the regional peace.
We always give priority to the development of the people living in the Sub-Continent. We also appreciate Pakistan’s effort for the revival of talks. However, the negotiation should mainly discuss terrorism, the letters stated. Both leaders called for special attention on elimination of terrorism in the region and said the issue must be a core focus in all future talks.
Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan had congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on assumption of office. According to private media, the Prime Minister sent his congratulatory message to Narendra Modi in a letter in line with established diplomatic norms and interstate practice.
Since assuming his office as Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan government has witnessed bad relations with Narendra Modi led government. The tensions between the countries gone intensified, on February 26, when Indian fighter jets had carried out failed airstrikes in Balakot on what the Modi administration alleged were ‘militant camps’. Islamabad has denied any such camps existed. During the aerial engagement, Pakistan had downed two Indian fighter jets and also captured an Indian pilot ‘Abhinandan’. Later Pakistan released IAF pilot as a peace gesture.
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17 November, 2019