External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is likely to visit Pakistan on Monday to attend a conference. This development comes immediately after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif had a brief meeting in Paris.
According to reports, Swaraj is scheduled to attend the 14-nation ministerial-level conference on December 8.
The conference is meant to discuss regional cooperation on Afghanistan. Swaraj has been invited but New Delhi has so far given no indication whether she will attend.
The informed sources
said on Wednesday night that prospects of the Indian minister’s visit were “fairly bright”, but a final decision was likely to be announced by Friday. On Monday, Modi held a brief meeting with Sharif in Paris on the sidelines of the climate change conference. The two leaders were then seen sitting on the same sofa and engaging in a discussion for a brief while.
Sharif was seen listening attentively as PM Modi spoke to him.
New Delhi also hinted that they can talk to separatists
if they shun the path of violence. Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said they are ready for talks with separatists under the ambit of Indian Constitution. These all developments comes after the Paris meetings between the two South-Asian leaders.