ISLAMABAD: In what may be considered as a major breakthrough in Pakistan’s stalled relations with India, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday extended the olive branch to his counterpart Narendra Modi by inviting him for a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve all issues.
Iftikhar Durrani, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister said that PM Khan had written a letter to Modi on September 14 to initiate the process. “We believe in peace with our neighbors and that's why Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged his Indian counterpart for a dialogue,” Durrani told Arab News.
PM has responded to PM Modi, in a positive spirit, reciprocating his sentiments. Let’s talk and resolve all issues. We await formal reaponse from India.
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) September 20, 2018
Arab News was able to gain access to the letter wherein PM Khan proposed a meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries, namely Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Sushma Swaraj, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to be held later this month.
Earlier on Thursday, reports circulating in the Indian media said that PM Khan was keen on resuming talks with India at the earliest, with a tweet by Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, confirming the news. “PM has responded to PM Modi, in a positive spirit, reciprocating his sentiments. Let’s talk and resolve all issues. We await formal response from India,” he said in the tweet.