Imran Khan writes to PM Modi, calls for resumption of peace dialogue

Pakistan’s Khan in Saudi Arabia on maiden foreign visit

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the Umrah pilgrimage early Wednesday morning after touching down in Saudi Arabia for his first state visit since taking office in August.

India's last substantive engagement with Pakistan was in December 2015 when Swaraj had travelled to Islamabad for a Heart of Asia conference. After becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, in his first speech, had said that he will try his best to resolve the issues with India. "Siachin [sic] and Sir Creek also need close attention to move towards resolution", Khan said.

"Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism", Khan wrote.

The news report quoted diplomatic sources as saying that PM Khan in his letter called for the resumption of the comprehensive dialogue process between the two countries.

Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly rejected the efforts to promote religious extremism, sectarianism and terrorism.

"We await formal response from India". More specifically, and significantly, Khan has sought a meeting between Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Indian and Pakistan foreign minister respectively, on the sidelines of UNGA in NY + later this month.

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Mentioning Kashmir as the core issue of dispute between the two nations, he had said it was about time that the two countries sat across the table and discussed the issues of concern.

With a view to developing tangible and meaningful bilateral cooperation in key areas, the two countries agreed to intensify consultations and coordination in order to strengthen their strategic partnership.

The Pakistan government, meanwhile, confirmed that its Prime Minister has responded to PM Modi. However, India had denied Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi's claims.

They can explore the way forward, especially the holding of the SAARC Council of Ministers followed by the SAARC Summit in Islamabad.

On 12 September, the U.S. responded to the positive messages that were exchanged between India and Pakistan and said that it would be "very supportive" if conditions can be created for productive talks between the two countries, however, underlining that Washington understands New Delhi's position that "demonstrable reduction" in cross-border terrorism would create the confidence for such a dialogue.

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