S. Jaishankar, the Indian Foreign Secretary arrived in Islamabad for a two-day visit on Tuesday along with a delegation of diplomats to reportedly discuss the resumption of peace talks.
The Indian delegation was received on Tuesday by officials of the Foreign Ministry of Pakistan and the Indian High Commission. Mr. S. Jaishankar will be meeting Mr. Aizaz Chaudhry, the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.
The Indo-Pak peace talks were suspended early 2013, and it is believed that both officials will be discussing ways to resume them. However, Mr. Jaishankar is not only visiting Pakistan on his trip, and has already made stops in Bangladesh and Bhutan as part of his tour of SAARC nations.
According to sources in India the secretary’s visit is aimed at promoting goodwill, regional cooperation and trade. Mr. Jaishankar will also be meeting the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Mr. Sartaj Aziz and the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Mr. Tariq Fatimi.
A meeting with the Prime Minister himself is also believed to be on the schedule before the Indian Foreign Secretary heads over to Kabul.
Foreign Secretaries from Pakistan and India were scheduled to meet in August last year but the talks were called off amidst allegations that the Pakistani High Commissioner to Delhi had met with Kashmiri leaders.