Sushma Swaraj’s overflight request accepted by Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan accepted Indian request to let Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s flight go over its airspace, according to The Hindu news.

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Citing offices in Delhi and Islamabad, the publication said Swaraj’s flight was permitted to go over Pakistani airspace as the Indian minister was due to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) session in Bishkek.

The Indian government had made the request to avoid the longer route, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said.

Swaraj attended the SCO meeting of foreign ministers in Krgyzstan on May 21 and 22, which her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi also attended.

On May 22, FM Qureshi had an informal meeting with Swaraj during the SCO meeting.

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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