Let’s talk, says Pakistan’s Imran Khan in letter to PM Narendra Modi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses the gathering during the'Global Mobility Summit in New Delhi India Sept 7 2018. Reuters

Imran offers talks, but Modi should be wary of Pakistan's doublespeak

"PM has responded to PM Modi, in a positive spirit, reciprocating his sentiments", shared Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Twitter, without specifying whether the communication was via a letter. He said Islamabad was waiting for a formal response from India, adding: "Let us talk and resolve all issues".

Addressing media in New Delhi, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said that the NY schedule is just a meeting and not 'talks or resumption of dialogue'. "We are ready for talks with India".

Addressing a press conference on Khan's two-day visit to Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry said that Pakistan's main interest lies in cooperation with Saudi Arabia on matters of trade and security. In the letter dated September 14, Khan wrote that both India and Pakistan owe it to their people to "resolve all outstanding conflicts, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, to bridge differences and achieve a mutually beneficial outcome".

Sources in the Government of India said on Wednesday that Ms. Swaraj's schedule was yet to be finalised even though she was expected to participate in the SAARC ministerial meeting. We have also conveyed our position to the worldwide community. "Foreign Minister hadn't stated Indian PM had made an offer of dialogue but had said that Indian PM in his letter to PM Imran Khan, had also mentioned something similar to what Foreign Minister elucidated earlier i.e. the way forward was only through constructive engagement", read Pakistan statement.

Pakistan has in the past suggested that other countries could join CPEC, but the response has been lukewarm due to concerns that China would dominate any relationship. During the telephonic conversation, Modi expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan and reiterated his vision of peace and development in the region.

The Trump administration suspended massive aid to Pakistan, which is in the dire need of an International Monetary Fund bailout due to a balance of payment crisis because the quasi-military state has not adequately addressed America's concerns on terrorism.

Trade, investment and economic ties also came under discussion in the meeting of PM Imran Khan with Saudi Crown Prince, state media reported.

In a tweet on its official handle, the PDP said, "Thank you PM @ImranKhanPTI for your positive gesture".

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