PM Modi Will Visit Pakistan In 2016, Says Sushma Swaraj In Islamabad

| December 9 , 2015 , 11:22 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday. [caption id="attachment_160070" align="aligncenter" width="700"](Image: ANI/Twitter) (Image: ANI/Twitter)[/caption] Modi will participate in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, Sushma Swaraj told the media. Swaraj also said she would accompany Modi during his visit, Geo TV reported. Speaking at the 'Heart of Asia' summit, Swaraj said that India will join hands with Pakistan and Afghanistan for trade and commerce. Entire world is rooting for change, let us not disappoint them." "India’s vision of HoA (Heart of Asia) is one of interlinked trade, transit, energy and communication routes, with Afghanistan as an important hub," she added. "It is time we display maturity and self-confidence to do business with each other and strengthen regional trade and cooperation. India is ready to work with Afghanistan to strengthen its defensive capability," Swaraj further said in her address. Swaraj also met Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghanistan President Ghani on the sidelines of the summit in Islamabad. This marked the third bilateral engagement at the top level in less than 10 days following an impromptu and brief meeting between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Sharif in Paris on November 30. “I have come with the message that ties between the two countries should be good and move forward,” Swaraj said on Tuesday after reaching the Pakistani capital for the ‘Heart of Asia’ meet on Afghanistan. Her visit is also seen as the first significant India-Pakistan engagement since Modi and Sharif met in the Russian city of Ufa in July. The Pakistani prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, who hosted a banquet for his counterpart on Tuesday night, expected a positive outcome from the meeting. “My expectations are good and positive,” Aziz said. “My message is also that we should take our engagement forward and improve ties.” Although the main purpose of the visit is the “Heart of Asia” conference, Swaraj is expected to bring more topics to the table. Meanwhile, a former Pakistani minister, Rehman Malik, who currently serves as chairman of the Senate standing committee on interior and narcotics control, said the Indian leadership and intelligence agencies did not want Pakistan and Afghanistan to resolve bilateral issues through talks, Dawn reported.

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