Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar arrived in Islamabad Tuesday for a two-day visit to Pakistan.
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Accompanied by a delegation of diplomats, Jaishankar was welcomed by officials from the Foreign Ministry as well as those from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
The Indian foreign secretary will meet his Pakistani counterpart in search of ways for resuming the Indo-Pak peace dialogue which was suspended in Jan 2013. Jaishankar is in Pakistan as part of a tour of Saarc countries. The primary agenda for the secretaries’ meeting is about promoting regional connectivity and trade even though both sides have an understanding about discussing bilateral matters. Secretary Jaishankar will also meet Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, besides a likely meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Islamabad is the third stop in Jaishankar’s Saarc trip that began on Sunday. He earlier visited Bhutan and Bangladesh.
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He will travel to Kabul from here on Wednesday. The visit is taking place almost seven months after Delhi cancelled the last planned secretaries’ dialogue in August on the pretext that Pakistani High Commissioner in Delhi Abdul Basit had consulted Kashmiri leaders. Both sides are to hold what officials have been describing as “talks for talks” (dialogue on resuming suspended talks).