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Pakistan foreign minister says no plan to meet Indian counterpart in UAE

By The Hindu

Pakistan’s foreign minister has welcomed mediation efforts by the United Arab Emirates between his country and India but told UAE newspaper Khaleej Times that he was not planning to meet his Indian counterpart in the country.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar are visiting the Gulf state at the same time.

“I am here for a bilateral visit. I am not here for a India-specific agenda,” Mr. Qureshi told the daily, which published a video excerpt of the interview.

“We welcome third party facilitation … But no matter what friends like the UAE say the initiative has to be indigenous,” he added.

A senior Emirati diplomat said last week that the UAE is mediating between India and Pakistan to help the nuclear-armed rivals reach a “healthy and functional” relationship after military tension over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.

India’s foreign ministry spokesman had tweeted that Mr. Jaishankar’s discussions in the UAE would focus on economic cooperation and community welfare.

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