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Pakistan FM welcomes ‘third-party mediation’ role but denies India-specific agenda behind UAE visit

By ET News

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday welcomed “third-party mediation” to ease Indo-Pak tensions but denied an India-specific agenda behind his ongoing visit to the UAE.

“I am here for a bilateral visit and not an India-specific agenda. My agenda is UAE-Pakistan and not India-Pakistan,” Qureshi, who is here on a three-day visit, told the local Khaleej Times newspaper on Sunday.

“I don’t think a meeting is set out with the Indian foreign minister,” he said.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is visiting the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Sunday with a focus on bilateral economic cooperation and community welfare.

Interestingly, Jaishankar’s visit coincides with the ongoing trip of his Pakistani counterpart to the Gulf emirate amid media reports that the UAE has been holding back channel talks to restart dialogue between the two neighbours.

Qureshi said friends generally, including the UAE, have always said that the two countries should sit and resolve issues through a dialogue. “India has always been hesitant of a third-party mediation; we welcomed it and were never shy of it,” he was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

There has been speculation about possibilities of the two foreign ministers meeting in the UAE.

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