Foreign ministers of India and Pakistan are going to meet today in an important meeting to be held on Afghanistan. This meeting is going to be held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.
Apart from India and Pakistan, thirty more countries will participate in this meeting and many regional and international organizations will also participate.
In another news published on its website, The Indian Express quoted sources as saying that Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi will both attend the event but no bilateral talks have been fixed between the two.
However, sources say that in the last month, the two countries had decided to abide by the 2003 ceasefire. After taking this decision, this is the first time that the foreign ministers of the two neighbouring countries will face each other. In such a situation, no meeting between the two can be denied.
Earlier on Sunday, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that at present, there has been no formal discussion on any meeting from the Indian side. At the India Economic Conclave held in Delhi on March 26, S. Jaishankar said that as far as he is aware, no meeting has been decided between the two.
On Sunday, Qureshi had said that no meeting in Tajikistan had so far been “finalised or requested” with his Indian counterpart.
A few days ago, Jaishankar too said no meeting had been scheduled with Qureshi in Tajikistan. “My scheduling is in progress. So far, I do not think any such meeting [is scheduled],” he had said on March 26 at the India Economic Conclave in New Delhi.
The External Affairs Minister described his conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as “warm” and said it covered bilateral cooperation, including the Chabahar port project.
“Began my Heart of Asia engagements with a meeting with Iranian FM @JZarif. A warm conversation that underlined our convergences,” Jaishankar tweeted. “Also discussed our bilateral cooperation, including Chabahar.”