PM Narendra Modi To Visit Pakistan In 2016: Sushma Swaraj

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Sushma Swaraj, Islamabad, Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, on Wednesday, announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan in 2016.

Speaking to media persons, Swaraj said, the Indian Prime Minister will participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit. She will accompany Modi during the latter’s visit, as quoted by Geo TV.

Sushma Swaraj is on a two-day visit to the neighbouring country, to participate in the Heart of Asia Conference on peace and stability in Afghanistan.

After the then external affairs minister SM Krishna’s visit in 2012, Swaraj’s visit is the first ministerial visit from India to Pakistan.

In July, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif had invited his Indian counterpart Modi to attend the SAARC summit, during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit held in Russia, in July.

In the wake of the Ufa meeting, the two leaders had directed their foreign secretaries to initiate the process of renewing talks, including meetings between the national security advisors of the two countries.

On November 30, the two prime ministers had an impromptu talk on the sidelines of the Conference of Parties (CoP-21) climate summit in Paris.