Sushma to meet Pakistan’s Foreign Minister in NY

MEA said the date for the meeting of both the foreign ministers is being finalised by permanent missions of the two countries in New York

India agrees to Imran Khan's request, Sushma Swaraj to meet Pakistan foreign minister at United Nations

India on Friday called off the meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in NY, citing the killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of postal stamps glorifying militant Burhan Wani, Times of India reported.

"They reiterated their proposal for a meeting of the external affairs minister and Pakistan's foreign minister at the sidelines of the UNGA", Raveesh Kumar, MEA spokesperson, said at a press conference in New Delhi.

"The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways", Kumar said adding that both the "deeply disturbing" developments took place after Thursday's announcement by India to accept Pakistan's proposal for the meeting.

Imran wrote in reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's communiqué of August 18, which called for resetting ties through "meaningful and constructive dialogue".

The UN General Assembly began on September 18 in NY and will conclude on September 30.

To tamp down on any domestic criticism and avoid hype, the Indian side repeatedly claimed that this was only a "meeting".

Accepting the offer, Kumar clarified that the acceptance does not "indicate any change in the policy as far as our stand on terrorism and cross-border terrorism is concerned".

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Earlier on Wednesday when questioned about a possible meeting, spokesman at the Foreign Office had said: "No decision has yet been taken on it".

"I would only say that there was a chance, which was missed". The body of head constable Narender Kumar was found in a mutilated state in Ramgarh sector.

The spokesperson played down hopes of a full resumption in talks between the neighbours.

He added that under the present circumstances, meeting between the two officials will be "meaningless".

The issue has become a political hot potato in Punjab, with Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu having tried to steal the thunder by raising it during his Pakistan visit. The PTI government has stressed that India and Pakistan need a continued and uninterrupted dialogue, which is the only way forward.

India on Wednesday snubbed Pakistan for its inaction against cross border terrorism and said there will be no change in Indian position vis-a-vis South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation unless there is "an end" to cross border terror menace.

The 2016 SAARC Summit was to be held in Islamabad. A lot of other countries in the region too have felt that under the shadow of terrorism and cross-border terrorism, Saarc summit can not happen.

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