FM Qureshi willing to talk to new Indian govt

ISLAMABAD: Federal Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Sunday Pakistan is willing and ready to have talks with the new Indian government.

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The Foreign minister’s statement came two days after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Narendra Modi secured the second consecutive term as Prime Minister.

For outstanding issues the two neighbouring countries will have to come to the dialogue table, said FM Qureshi.

FM Qureshi said that regional peace is Pakistan’s priority as well as wish and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is making sincere efforts in this regard.

FM Qureshi said the concerns exist on the recent wave of terrorism in the country which can be controlled by the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP).

FM Qureshi on Wednesday had an informal meeting with Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj during the meeting of Foreign Ministers Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

Speaking after the informal meeting, FM Qureshi said he cleared it to Swaraj that Pakistan wants resolution of all issues [with India] through dialogues.

“We are ready for a dialogue even today,” FM Qureshi asserted, adding, “Prime Minister Imran Khan had noted in his first speech that if India takes one step forward, we will take two steps.”

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