Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Plenty of expectations ahead of Sushma Swaraj – Sartaj Aziz bilateral meeting

Narada Desk | March 17, 2016 12:41 pm Print
Sushma Swaraj and Sartaj Aziz

Sushma Swaraj and Sartaj Aziz

Ahead of their much talked about and bilateral talks which are slated  on the sidelines of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) ministerial meeting , External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz joined for breakfast and were seen exchanging pleasantries. They met over breakfast organised by Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa.

The two leaders few days back had arrived in Pokhara to attend the 37th meeting of the Saarc Council of Ministers which will be inaugrated by Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli . Their breakfast meeting lasted for about five minutes and was later joined by Thapa. Their first meeting was over dinner on 16th night.

Sushma Swaraj and Aziz are scheduled to hold another meeting on 17th evening  to help cement ties.  Both the leaders were seen sitting next to each other on the breakfast table and talking as other dignitaries and officials joined them.

Later , Swaraj and Aziz are expected to hold official dialogues with each other where the January 2016 Pathankot Air Base terror attack is likely to be raised. Aziz had told the media earlier that he is ready to discuss anything his Indian counterpart wanted to.

“The meeting is of course to hand over the invitation for the SAARC Summit, but anything that she ( Sushma Swaraj) wants to discuss, we will discuss,” said Aziz.

On being asked about other discussions like the recent Pathankot terror in India’s airbase, Aziz evaded the question.