Indo-Pak Thaw: Kashmir Makes it to Joint Statement under ‘Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue’



Sushma Swaraj and Sartaj Aziz
Sushma Swaraj and Sartaj Aziz

The South Asian nuclear neighbours, India and Pakistan, Wednesday agreed to talk on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in their future parleys.

The two nations are resuming bilateral dialogue, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said during her visit to Islamabad today.

She made the announcement following a meeting with Pakistan Foreign policy advisor Sartaj Aziz at the Pakistan’s Foreign Office in Islamabad.

During her two days stay in Pakistan, Swaraj also met Pakistan premier, Nawaz Sharief.

The joint statement is produced verbatim:

  1. The External Affairs Minister of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj led the Indian delegation to the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process in Islamabad on December 8-9, 2015. She called on the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and held discussions with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz.
  2. The EAM and the Adviser condemned terrorism and resolved to cooperate to eliminate it. They noted the successful talks on terrorism and security related issues in Bangkok by the two NSAs and decided that the NSAs will continue to address all issues connected to terrorism. The Indian side was assured of the steps being taken to expedite the early conclusion of the Mumbai trial.
  3. Both sides, accordingly, agreed to a Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue and directed the Foreign Secretaries to work out the modalities and schedule of the meetings under the Dialogue including Peace and Security, CBMs, Jammu & Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project, Economic and Commercial Cooperation, Counter-Terrorism, Narcotics Control, Humanitarian Issues, People to People exchanges and religious tourism.


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