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India, Pakistan foreign secretaries to meet tomorrow

Meeting will be first contact between two countries at foreign secretary level after Pathankot attack

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Publish Date: Apr 25 2016 4:44PM | Updated Date: Apr 26 2016 8:24AM

India, Pakistan foreign secretaries to meet tomorrow

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry will hold talks with his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar in New Delhi on Tuesday, on the margins a global conference on Afghanistan. It will be the first meeting between the two after Pathankot terror attack derailed the India-Pakistan bilateral dialogue.

 
A Pakistan High Commission spokesperson confirmed Chaudhry's day-long trip for the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process meeting.
 
Pakistan delegation will "also hold bilateral meetings with other leading delegations attending the meeting".
 
Chaudhry "will have bilateral meetings with other delegations, including Jaishankar", a report said.
 
Meeting will be the first contact between the two countries at the foreign secretary level after the January 2 attack on the IAF base at Pathankot killed seven Indian security personnel. India blamed Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) for the attack.
 
It comes after the two sides recently declared that they were in contact to hold a meeting of their foreign secretaries, who will draw up the modalities for holding a Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue.
 
Development comes after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit created a flutter when he said here that the peace talks between Islamabad and New Delhi have been "suspended".
 
Afghanistan conference in Delhi follows the 5th Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Islamabad on December 9, 2015. 
 
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had visited Islamabad to attend the conference that adopted the Islamabad declaration for enhanced regional cooperation to countering security threats.