oreign Ministers of India and Pakistan are likely to meet on the sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference in Tajikistan capital Dushanbe, The Print reported Sunday, citing sources.
The conference is part of the Istanbul Process – which is a regional initiative on security and cooperation for a stable and peaceful Afghanistan. It was launched on November 2, 2011, in Turkey.
According to the news report published in The Print, Islamabad has informed New Delhi through diplomatic channels that Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi is keen to meet Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar as relations between the “two neighbours are showing some initial signs of a thaw”.
As per sources, both ministers are likely to discuss the issue of “reinstatement” of envoys in each other’s countries at the earliest.
The ministers may also discuss how to move ahead with the next round of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation Summit (SAARC) — which has been pending since 2016 following tensions between India and Pakistan — to take place in Islamabad later this year, the sources added.
The publication, while quoting sources, read that there are significant chances of Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting Islamabad to attend the meet if the summit takes place this time.