India cancels foreign ministers meeting on sidelines of UNGA

India cancels foreign ministers meeting on sidelines of UNGA

New Delhi: The Indian government on Friday cancelled a meeting between foreign ministers of India and Pakistan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.


According to Indian media, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed the report.

The news comes just a day after the confirmation of the proposed meeting by India.

On Thursday, Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated that Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi will meet in New York.

According to Indian MEA spokesperson, Qureshi and Swaraj will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York scheduled later this month.

"India has accepted the Pakistani prime minister's suggestion," the spokesperson said. "The meeting will take place on Pakistan's request."

The Indian MEA spokesperson said the decision was taken after Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to Indian Premier Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Khan, in the letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, sought resumption of the peace dialogue between the two countries.

According to Indian media, PM Imran Khan in his letter also called for a meeting between Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York.

On Friday, the United States also welcomed the proposed meeting between foreign ministers of Pakistan and India on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.

Addressing a media briefing in Washington, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that it is "terrific" news for the Pakistanis and Indians to be able to sit down and have a conversation together.

Citing the letters exchanged between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, Nauert expressed the hope that the conditions will be set for a good and strong relationship in future.

On July 26, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his first speech after winning the general election, had said that he was keen to improve relations with India and wanted work to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue.

This is pertinent to mention that Pakistan and India have not been engaged in any significant dialogue since 2015.