POKHARA: Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will meet Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swraj in Nepal on Thursday.
The meeting has been proposed on March 17 during their stay in Nepal’s Pokhara for ongoing South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference.
However, there has been no official report or confirmation from the Indian side on the possibility of the meeting.
This would be the first high-level meeting after a long break since the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase on January 2 in India while the National Security Advisors of both states were in touch with each other and New Delhi wants to see a “credible” action to be taken by Pakistan, before the two sides can take a step forward.
Political analysts believe that this would provide an opportunity for the two sides to exchange notes on the road ahead.
They are of the opinion that Sartaj Aziz would use the opportunity to break the ice and prepare grounds for better relations as Sharif and Modi are both interested in continuation of the peace talks that were initiated as a result of Modi’s visit to the Sharif’s residence in Lahore last Christmas.
Sartaj Aziz has taken the initiative as he will be handing over the invitation from Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif to PM Narendra Modi for the next level of SAARC summit due in November.
He will be meeting foreign ministers of all SAARC countries to extend formal invitations for the 19th SAARC Summit that will be hosted by Pakistan.
Earlier, Interior secretaries of both countries had also held informal meeting in Pokhara and discussed key matters and ways for strengthening mutual cooperation.