Let’s talk, says Pakistan’s Imran Khan in letter to PM Narendra Modi

Frederick Owens
September 20, 2018

In a move that indicates apparent shift in his earlier stance, Imran Khan - in an interview with the Saudi state television - has said Pakistan backs Saudi Arabia in Yemen conflict.

Prime Minister Imran Khan warmly received by Crown Prince HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Presidential Apron, Abu Dhabi Airport on Wednesday night.

Chaudhry said Prime Minister Khan has assured Riyadh that Pakistan will stand with Saudi Arabia.

PM Modi had conveyed New Delhi's commitment to build good neighbourly relations and pursue constructive and meaningful engagement last month, the day the cricketer-turned-politician was sworn in as Pakistan's 22nd premier.

PM Imran has written a letter to his Indian counterpart and sought a resumption of dialogue between the two countries. He had also stressed the need to work for a terror-free South Asia.

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Khan specifically wrote to PM Modi with an eagerness to organize a meeting between the two foreign ministers Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi. "It remains for India to respond", media outlet quoted Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal as saying. "We are ready for talks with India".

Qureshi, in his maiden address before taking the post of foreign minister in August, had stated that, "My message is for the Government of India". We have also conveyed our position to the worldwide community. "We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute", the Prime Minister wrote. There has been no action against the mastermind and executors of the Pathankot, Uri and the subsequent terror attacks. On 30 July, Modi called Khan to congratulate him on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerging as the single largest party in Pakistan's recently conducted general election. During the telephonic conversation, Modi expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan and reiterated his vision of peace and development in the region. "The best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading", he tweeted.

Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to become the third partner in the Beijing-funded Belt and Road corridor of major infrastructure projects inside Pakistan, Pakistan's information minister said on Thursday. "If Indian leadership is ready, we are ready to talk".

Both the countries have not engaged in any dialogue since 2015.

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