“Starting talks, stopping and then again starting does not

first_imgmean flip flop… It is not the correct defintion. It is part of diplomacy that talks happen, then stop and then happen again,” the External Affairs Minister said. “Talks have started in a very good atmopshere. If India-Pakistan relations improve, there will be improvement in the region,” she said. Swaraj, who read out her statement in Rajya Sabha amid the din created by Congress members over an incident in Punjab, said, “The new Dialogue, we sincerely hope, marks a new beginning also for peace and development in the whole region.” She said, “The underlying sentiment (of initiating dialogue) … was that the continued estrangement of two neighbours was a hurdle to the realisation of our shared vision of a peaceful and prosperous region.” At the same time, there was also a “sharp awareness” that principal obstacles to the growth of ties, especially terrorism, would have to be clearly and directly addressed. The Comprehensive Bilateral Dialogue with Pakistan will begin with the objective of “removing hurdles in the path of a constructive engagement by addressing issues of concern,” she said. Also, it aims at “exploring and establishing cooperative ties,” she said, adding initiatives on trade and connectivity, people-to-people exchanges and humanitarian issues would contribute to welfare of the entire region and promote better understanding and mutual trust. Swaraj said in her talks with Sharif and Pakistan Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad, which where held in the backdrop of the “positive development” of the meeting between Prime Ministers in Paris and the NSAs in Bangkok, the “two sides condemned terrorism and resolved to cooperate to eliminate this menace.” “There we dwelt on the need for Pakistan to expedite the Mumbai terrorist attacks trial. The Indian side was assured of the steps being taken to expedite its early conclusion,” she said. She rejected the contention of AIMIM member in Lok Sabha Assadudin Owaisi that the government had made a “clumsy climbdown” even though he welcome re-start of dialogue, saying that as per the commitment in Ufa that NSA level talks will have to take place first, “NSA level talks happened first and then I went to Islamabad”. (MORE) PTI JD SKC AKK AKKadvertisementlast_img