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Pakistan-India announced to restore "comprehensive dialogue"

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(Islamabad- AlummahWorld, Safar 27, 1437, December 9, 2015) India and Pakistan are resuming bilateral dialogue, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said during her visit to Islamabad today.

Ms. Swaraj made the announcement following a meeting with Sartaj Aziz, the Pakistani Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser, at the Foreign Office in Islamabad. According to the joint statement, issue of Jammu & Kashmir and Counter-Terrorism is also on the agreed dialogue agenda.

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JOINT STATEMENT

1. The External Affairs Minister of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj led the Indian delegation to the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process in Islamabad on December 8-9, 2015. She called on the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and held discussions with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz.

2. The EAM and the Adviser condemned terrorism and resolved to cooperate to eliminate it. They noted the successful talks on terrorism and security related issues in Bangkok by the two NSAs and decided that the NSAs will continue to address all issues connected to terrorism. The Indian side was assured of the steps being taken to expedite the early conclusion of the Mumbai trial.

3. Both sides, accordingly, agreed to a Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue and directed the Foreign Secretaries to work out the modalities and schedule of the meetings under the Dialogue including Peace and Security, CBMs, Jammu & Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project, Economic and Commercial Cooperation, Counter-Terrorism, Narcotics Control, Humanitarian Issues, People to People exchanges and religious tourism.

Addressing a joint press conference, Swaraj said it has been decided in the meeting that comprehensive dialogue will be given a fresh start. She further said she will convey her statement in Indian parliament.

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj also met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House in Islamabad.

According to details, both leaders discussed issues of bilateral interests including Indo-Pak cricket series.

The Indian Foreign Minister conveyed the message of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to PM Nawaz and said that they want to resolve all the conflicts through dialogue.

Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj reportedly said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Pakistan next year. PM Modi will participate in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, Sushma Swaraj told the media.