Sushma Swaraj leaves for 2-day visit to Pakistan

Sushma Swaraj, Islamabad, Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday left New Delhi for Islamabad, where she will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his advisor on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz. Her visit came just a day after the India-Pakistan NSA-level talk.

Swaraj is being accompanied by Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup, and Gopal Baglay, Joint Secretary in charge of Pakistan in the MEA.

Swaraj will attend the ministerial segment on Afghanistan during the annual Heart of Asia conference on December 9. Sartaj Aziz said their talks would be focus on the resumption of the composite dialogue process. The conference is being attended by 14 countries, 17 donor countries and nearly 12 organisations that have been crucial to stabilise Afghanistan.

“Swaraj would meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tomorrow,” Aziz had said. This is a good beginning, the deadlock that was present has to some extent been removed, he added.

Pakistan has been on high alert, since early morning, as the Indian foreign minister and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will arrive in the Pakistan’s federal capital to attend a regional conference on Afghanistan.