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India-Pakistan To Mutually Resolve Diplomatic Standoff

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| March 31 , 2018 , 09:59 IST

After a month-long standoff between India and Pakistan over the alleged mistreatment of diplomats in New Delhi and Islamabad, things seem to have cooled off between the neighbouring countries. Both India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve the matter as per a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs which was released late on Friday.

"India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises, in line with the 1992 'Code of Conduct' for the treatment of diplomatic/consular personnel in India and Pakistan," the press release says.

The code was signed in New Delhi in 1992 between Indian Foreign Minister J.N Dixit and his Pakistani counterpart Shaharyar M. Khan.

Just a week ago India sent a note verbale to Pakistan when deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was chased in Islamabad. India demanded immediate action and inquiry.

Two weeks ago, while Pakistan called back its High Commissioner in India back for consultations over alleged harassment of its diplomats, diplomatic staff, and their families, India too raised the issue through diplomatic channels. Speaking at a press-conference MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “We want Pakistan to ensure security and safety of our diplomats. The issue of harassment of Indian diplomats raised through established channels”

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Kumar said that the Indian High Commission in Pakistan was facing "a litany of issues" which have not been resolved for several months despite raising these "in good faith through diplomatic channels and not through the media.

The diplomatic standoff also led to Pakistan pulling out of the World Trade Organisation Summit that was held in New Delhi from 19-20 March.