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Sushma’s visit to focus on resumption of dialogue: Sartaj Aziz


Islamabad, Dec.7 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday said the deadlock in Indo-Pak ties had eased to some extent and he is looking forward towards the bilateral talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj which would focus on the resumption of composite dialogue process.

“Sushma Swaraj is coming here tomorrow and we will have a bilateral meet. The good thing is that the deadlock for our negotiation has ended. You have to wait for two days to know on what note we will start the composite dialogue,” Aziz told the media here.

On the pending decision regarding the bilateral cricket series between India and Pakistan Aziz said that he is waiting for response from the Indian Cricket Board.

“We’re expecting a response from Indian Cricket Board, so that our cricket board can reply to them,”Aziz added.

Swaraj is arriving in Pakistan on tuesday to attend the ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference and during her visit she is also expected to call on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Swaraj’s Pakistan visit will come on a positive note after a secret meeting between Indian and Pakistani NSAs in Bangkok on Sunday, with which the neighbouring countries crossed the main hurdles for Indo-Pak talks since last year – discussion on Kashmir and meeting of Pakistani officials with Hurriyat separatists.

NSA talks scheduled to be held in Delhi in August had been called off at the last minute after a war of words between Swaraj and Aziz, as the latter insisted on meeting with Kashmiri separatists and wanted the Kashmir issue to be on the table for discussion, which India rejected.

However, relations improved after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handshake with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif in Paris on the sidelines of the climate summit.