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Indian Foreign Secretary to visit Pakistan on March 03

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ISLAMABAD: Indian Foreign Secretary Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will travel Pakistan on March 03, 2015, six months after India cancelled foreign secretary level talks on August 25, 2014, as reported by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

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Jaishankar will hold meetings with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry with India maintaining that it stands ready to talk in accordance with the Shimla Agreement on all issues including Jammu and Kashmir and to help resume other stalled peace process between two countries.

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Couple a days before, official spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Govt of Pakistan, Shabbir Ahmad Waghara had confirmed while giving interview to the Pakistan Television (PTV), “We have never shied away from engaging India. We welcome the decision of the Prime Minister of India to send the Foreign Secretary to Pakistan. The two Foreign Secretaries will hold talks to discuss all issues of common interest. Agenda is yet to be finalized.”

Point to note here that Indian Foreign Secretary will, in accordance with Indian Prime Minister’s directives, be undertaking the first phase of the ‘SAARC Yatra’ as per the schedule: 1st March 2015 to Bhutan; 2nd March 2015 to Bangladesh; 3rd March 2015 to Pakistan; and 4th March 2015 to Afghanistan. His schedule for other destinations is being worked out through diplomatic channels and will be indicated separately.

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