India, Pakistan foreign ministers to meet on UNGA sidelines in NY

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"We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, to bridge differences and achieve a mutually beneficial outcome".

Khan specifically wrote to PM Modi with an eagerness to organize a meeting between the two foreign ministers Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a press conference said: "Time and again we have said that the atmosphere in the region is not conducive for this summit". Let's talk and resolve all issues.

The development came in the backdrop of PM Imran's proposals to his Indian counterpart of a meeting between the respective foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and for holding the 20th Saarc Summit in Islamabad. He hopes the two ministers can meet and discuss the peace agenda on the sidelines of the UNGA in NY which is due to take place later this month.

Khan's letter was in response to Modi's own communication to him seeking a "meaningful and constructive" engagement between the two countries.

His tour of the Gulf comes as a Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of his political rival, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences for corruption pending an appeal hearing.

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Pakistan's finance minister, Asad Umar, on Tuesday admitted the economic crisis was deepening before he set off to accompany Mr Khan. "We are ready for talks with India". "The meeting will take place on Pakistan's request".

Sharing intelligence to combat terrorism, strategic working groups have been formed and the two countries have a more inter-dependent security relationship, which remains unaffected by their ties with any other countries. "Talks and terror can't go together", government said, reasserting New Delhi's stand.

In his letter, Khan also said the two countries need to pay "close attention" to resolving the Siachin and Sir Creek issues.

Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to invest in the Beijing-funded, multi-billion dollar infrastructure corridor being constructed in Pakistan, its information minister said Thursday, as concerns grow over the country's debt levels.

Noting the upgrade in relations, thinktank RUSI recently reported that Pak-Saudi relations had entered the "strategic domain where both countries are fine with each in pursuing their own interests independently". There has been no action against the mastermind and executors of the Pathankot, Uri and the subsequent terror attacks.

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