US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert

US welcomes diplomatic development between Pakistan, India

Monitoring Desk

WASHINGTON: US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert has said that upcoming meeting of India and Pakistan on the sidelines of the ongoing annual UN General session will likely open doors of good relations between the two important countries of South Asia.

Heather Nauret said this while talking to media on Friday in Washington. She said that United States welcomed the initiative of both countries for resuming talks on foreign ministers level.

Earlier on Thursday, spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar announced that India had agreed to a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Pakistan’s request.

Nauert also welcomed the exchange of messages between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Imran Khan had earlier responded to Indian Premier Narendra Modi’s letter. According to Indian media reports, in his letter, Khan had called for a “meaningful and constructive” engagement between the two countries.

Earlier in July, Modi had also telephoned PM Khan and congratulated him over his victory in the polls. During the telephonic conversation, Modi expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan and reiterated his vision of peace and development in the region.

PM Khan, in his first speech after winning the general election, had said that he was keen to improve relations with India and wanted work to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue.

India and Pakistan have not been engaged in any substantial dialogue since 2015 when Swaraj travelled to Islamabad for Heart of Asia conference.

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