Following Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s recent remarks on holding talks with neighboring countries, the Indian Foreign Office expressed its desire for good and neighborly relations with Pakistan.
Indian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi emphasized the importance of violence-free relations and fostering a peaceful environment.
During a weekly press briefing, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson stressed the necessity of an environment free from hostility.
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Prime Minister Shehbaz, while addressing the Pakistan Minerals Summit in Islamabad, stated readiness for nation-building talks with neighboring countries, provided serious issues are discussed.
Significance of Peace
He highlighted the significance of resolving serious issues through peaceful and meaningful dialogue, acknowledging that wars are no longer a viable option. Pakistan’s willingness to engage in talks was appreciated by some countries.
The US State Department Spokesperson, Matthew Miller, reiterated their support for direct dialogue between Pakistan and India.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been limited for several years, with only charge d’affaires currently performing duties in their respective high commissions.
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The relations faced challenges after the Mumbai attacks in 2008 and were further strained when India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status in August 2019, leading to reciprocal actions between the two nations.