External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a meeting with foreign affairs advisor to the Pakistan prime minister Sartaj Aziz, on the sidelines of the SAARC ministerial meeting in Pokhara (Nepal) on Thursday.
During the meeting, Aziz handed over to Sushma Swaraj an invitation from Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to attend the SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan later this year.
This was the first formal meeting between two leaders after the January 2 cross-border terror attack on Indian Air Force base at Pathankot, Punjab, in which seven Indian security personnel lost their lives.
Attack derailed foreign secretary-level talks between the two south Asian neighbours, scheduled for the middle of January, after Aziz and Sushma Swaraj had in December last year, agreed to start a comprehensive bilateral dialogue between Islamabad and New Delhi.
Two leaders arrived in Pokhara on Wednesday to attend the 37th meeting of the SAARC council of ministers which was held on Thursday.