US Calls The Meeting Between India, Pak Foreign Ministers, " A Terrific News"

US Calls The Meeting Between India, Pak Foreign Ministers, " A Terrific News"

US Calls The Meeting Between India, Pak Foreign Ministers, " A Terrific News"

New Delhi: On Friday, the United States hailed India's acceptance of Pakistani proposal for talks between the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing annual UN General Assembly session in New York. The announcement was termed it as a "terrific news".

"We saw that (reports of meetings between Indian and Pak leaders). I think that's a terrific news for the Indians and Pakistanis to be able to sit down and have a conversation together," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily news conference.

Ministry of External Affairs's spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, on Thursday announced that India has agreed to a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Pakistan's request. However, it was also made clear by him that it was not the resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue.

The exchange of messages between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was also welcomed by Ms Nauert.

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"We saw the reports about the positive messages being exchanged between Prime Minister Khan and also Prime Minister Modi. And we hope that the conditions will be set for a good strong relationship, a good strong bilateral relationship in the future," she said

The talks between India and Pakistan, has always been welcomed by the United States at pace of which, it has noted, depends on the leadership of the two countries.

"In general, the United States supports dialogue between India and Pakistan that can reduce tensions, and we understand and had frequent conversations with the Indian partners on the expectations that there would be demonstrable reduction in cross-border terrorism or infiltration that will help create the confidence for dialogue to take place," the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Alice Wells had told reporters during a conference call last week.

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