Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is due to visit Pakistan this week on Wednesday the 9th of December in what is the first ministerial level visit to Pakistan since 2012 when the former Indian Foreign Minister SM Kirshna, traveled to Islamabad.
Swaraj would lead an Indian delegation to meet for talks on Afghanistan according to Indian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Vikas Swarup.
The Indian Delegation will meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif according to Sartaj Aziz, a foreign affairs adviser to PM Sharif.
The move is generally seen as a step in the right direction for Pakistan-India relations which has been strained with little high level official communication between the two states following the breakdown of earlier attempts at dialogue in August earlier this year. The planned talks failed as a result of disagreements between the two sides over the involvement of Kasmiri Hurriyat leaders in scheduled talks in New Delhi on the 23rd of August.
This visit comes amidst efforts to start dialogue between the two countries, as diplomatic relations has seen some revival since the brief meeting between heads of state Modi and Sharif, during last week’s climate change talks in France, which was followed by a meeting of National Security Advisers in Bangkok on Sunday.
Since Coming into power, Indian PM Modi has taken a tough approach towards Pakistan, it can be recalled that he authorized Indian security Personnel to retaliate forcefully to any encroachment by Pakistan on the disputed border and has demanded the end of insurgent attacks on Indian territory.