ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has written to his newly-appointed Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, congratulating him on assuming charge as the new external affairs minister.
Qureshi is learnt to have expressed Islamabad’s desire for talks with New Delhi on all important issues and stated in the letter that his country remained committed to efforts for establishing peace in the region. The letter follows one by Pakistani PM Imran Khan to PM Narendra Modi in which he congratulated Modi for his victory and also expressed Pakistan’s desire to resume dialogue for resolving all bilateral issues. Khan had written that Pakistan desired the resolution of all issues, including that of Jammu & Kashmir.
He also said talks between the two nations were the only solution, as reported by Pakistani media, to help people in both countries overcome poverty and that it was important to work together for regional development. While the two Prime Ministers will attend the SCO summit in Bishkek next week, neither side has proposed a formal meeting between the two leaders.
The strained ties between Islamabad and New Delhi had eased following the exchange of pleasantries between the Prime Ministers of the two countries after BJP’s victory in polls last month. The positive gestures had led several observers here to predict that the two could meet on the sidelines of the SCO summit.